Nautilus-Python broken in Oneiric

Bug #858925 reported by Emilien Klein on 2011-09-25
This bug affects 9 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus-python (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

== SRU ==

Nautilus does not works (its window is never displayed) when python-nautilus 1.0.0 and any python extension is installed

[Stable Fix]

[Test Case]
bzr branch lp:nautilus-terminal
cd nautilus-terminal
mkdir ~/.local/share/nautilus-python/extensions
cp ./src/ ~/.local/share/nautilus-python/extensions
nautilus -q && nautilus --no-desktop


- Install Python-Nautilus in Ubuntu 11.10 (beta2 in my case)

- Create the [0] from the nautilus-python Reference Manual and put it in the ~/.local/share/nautilus-python/extensions folder (as per the RM's instructions)

- Restart Nautilus: `killall nautilus` and `nautilus --no-desktop`.

The following Exceptions will apprear in your terminal, and no Nautilus extension will appear:

emilien@ubuntu1110b2:~$ nautilus --no-desktop
** (nautilus:6258): DEBUG: Syncdaemon not running, waiting for it to start in NameOwnerChanged
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gi/", line 23, in <module>
    from ._gi import _API, Repository
ImportError: could not import gobject (error was: ImportError('When using gi.repository you must not import static modules like "gobject". Please change all occurrences of "import gobject" to "from gi.repository import GObject".',))

(nautilus:6258): Nautilus-Python-WARNING **: nautilus_python_init_python failed
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/emilien/.local/share/nautilus-python/extensions/", line 2, in <module>
    from gi.repository import GObject
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gi/", line 23, in <module>
    from ._gi import _API, Repository
ImportError: cannot import name _API

It is thus not possible to create a Nautilus extension using Python starting with Ubuntu 11.10. I came to this conclusion while trying to fix Bug #849361. Please give directions on how to build such an extension from Python, using Nautilus-Python 1.0.


Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in nautilus-python (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Fabien LOISON (flozz) wrote :

Vincent Untz wrote a patch for Nautilus Python:

It works for me with the patched version (upstream already applied the patch on its GIT, but there is no release for the moment).

Fabien LOISON (flozz) on 2011-10-10
tags: added: regression-proposed
Fabien LOISON (flozz) on 2011-10-13
description: updated
Martin Owens (doctormo) on 2011-10-14
tags: added: patch patch-accepted-upstream

Hello Emilien, or anyone else affected,

Accepted nautilus-python into oneiric-proposed, the package will build now and be available in a few hours. Please test and give feedback here. See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Thank you in advance!

Changed in nautilus-python (Ubuntu Oneiric):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed
Fabien LOISON (flozz) wrote :

nautilus python works fine with the package from -proposed

Emilien Klein (emilien-klein) wrote :

Yes, the package from -proposed does the trick (as long as you update the extensions accordingly to work with Nautilus 3.2, see )

Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2011-10-15
tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package nautilus-python - 1.0-0ubuntu2

nautilus-python (1.0-0ubuntu2) oneiric-proposed; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/port-to-pygobject-3.0.patch:
    - Makes Nautilus Python working with Nautilus 3.2 (LP: #858925)
  * debian/patches/fix-examples.patch:
    - Updated examples to work with pygobject 3 (LP: #872863)
  * debian/rules, debian/
    - Add quilt patch system
 -- Fabien LOISON <email address hidden> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:07:13 +0200

Changed in nautilus-python (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in nautilus-python (Ubuntu Oneiric):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Emilien Klein (emilien-klein) wrote :

Thanks for fixing this bug.

I wanted to particularly thank Fabien LOISON for his involvement, and help in raising the awareness around this bug.

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