Nautilus offers no feedback for launching applications

Bug #880500 reported by Chow Loong Jin on 2011-10-23
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nautilus (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Steps to reproduce:
Browse nautilus
Find a file you wish to open
Double click the file to open it
Observe no changes in the cursor on screen

What is expected to happen:
The cursor should change to the spinning cursor to indicate that the file is opening

affects ubuntu/nautilus

After double-clicking on a document/image/video file, there is no feedback that
the application is actually starting, until its window finally appears. In the
previous release of Ubuntu, Nautilus had changed the cursor to the busy/waiting
cursor until the application appears.

Kind regards,
Loong Jin

Michel-Ekimia (michel.ekimia) wrote :

On Stock Ubuntu 11.10/Unity I cannot reproduce your problem . Something special on your side ?

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
Carl Ansell (afccarl1994) wrote :

I can reproduce this with Ubuntu 11.10/Unity. Updated description.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Confirmed
description: updated
description: updated

On 26/10/2011 22:31, Ekimia wrote:
> On Stock Ubuntu 11.10/Unity I cannot reproduce your problem . Something
> special on your side ?

Interestingly, the busy cursor appears in the guest session, but not mine. How
strange. Is there some specific configuration in dconf or elsewhere I should
look at?

Kind regards,
Loong Jin

I can also reproduce it in ubuntu 11.10/ Unity. Can you please complete the bug report by providing the information about your system?, by running:

apport-collect 880500

When reporting bugs in the future please use apport by using 'ubuntu-bug' and the name of the package affected. You can learn more about this functionality at

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
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