rabbitvcs crashes Nautilus when overwriting files/merging folders

Bug #678233 reported by sblatt on 2010-11-21
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
rabbitvcs (Ubuntu)
Daniel O'Connor

Bug Description

Binary package hint: nautilus

1) lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 10.10
Release: 10.10

2) apt-cache policy nautilus
  Installed: 1:2.32.0-0ubuntu1.1
  Candidate: 1:2.32.0-0ubuntu1.1
  Version table:
 *** 1:2.32.0-0ubuntu1.1 0
        500 http://ch.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     1:2.32.0-0ubuntu1 0
        500 http://ch.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main amd64 Packages

3) Expected: old file(s) get overwritten by the new ones
4) as soon as the dialogue pops up, asking if I want to merge folder/replace file, nautilus is crashed - clicking replace does nothing. If I click the x (close-button) Ubuntu asks me if I want to force-close nautilus (that's what I normally do in this situation).
This error occurs EVERY TIME!
On askubuntu you can find my detailed description including a video of the bug and a nautilus-debug-log:

Copied from http://askubuntu.com/questions/14290/nautilus-crash-when-merging-overwriting-files:

On my Ubuntu 10.10, whenever I want to copy some files/folders over some other files/folders, or when I try to empty the trash, nautilus crashes!

I have a folder with some files. Now I want to overwrite this folder with a folder with the same name, same files, but some additional files, the merge window comes up, I choose merge and nautilus crashes (does not respond, when I press the close button I can force close it). Some times it even does the copying/emptying (trash), but it always crashes!

This happens when copying to the same partition/ntfs partition/netshares, but not when I make a new folder and copy the files/folders into that (without overwriting anything). On a netshare, it's even possible to merge these files afterwards with another computer!

dmesg/syslog/messages does not show any entry related to that problem.

Does anyone have a solution for this very annoying problem?


    dpkg -l nautilus* (see output in pastebin)

I found out, nautilus already crashes before clicking replace/merge (as soon as the question appeares. In the video it's not entirely clear, that i click the cross before the force-close dialog appeares.

    * Video of problem
    * nautilus-debug-log.txt

sblatt (stefan-blatter) wrote :
sblatt (stefan-blatter) wrote :
wolferl (isabamail) wrote :

I can confirm exactly the same problem in UNE 10.04. I update weekly and it started some 3 weeks ago (?)

sblatt (stefan-blatter) wrote :

A workaround is to use any other file manager. I just tested rox, xfe and gnome-commander, they all work.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please try to obtain a backtrace following the instructions at http://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingProgramCrash and upload the backtrace (as an attachment) to the bug report. This will greatly help us in tracking down your problem.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
salva84 (salva-ms) wrote :

same problem, same bug, same behavior looking the video.... any solution? is there any debug mode for nautilus?

eclipsenet (eclipse-net2k) wrote :

I am also having this issue now. I did not have this problem on Monday when I was running 10.10 that had been upgraded from the release candidate version to the stable release. I replaced my HDD and loaded with the newest image available on Tuesday and now I have this error. I am fully up to date on my packages.

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

could anyone get a backtrace as suggested above?

sblatt (stefan-blatter) wrote :

Sorry, but I already reinstalled Ubuntu (10.04 now), because I was unable to work with this bug. Now my system works fine, but I won't be able to do a backtrace.

eclipsenet (eclipse-net2k) wrote :

I installed the debug symbols for nautilus and I tried running gdb. I attached it to an active nautilus process and ran the commands listed in the backtrace instructions. When nautilus gets "hung" I attempted to cntrl+c in gdb to be able to enter the commands to grab the backtrace but I am unable to get gdb to beak out now.

sblatt (stefan-blatter) wrote :

I just got this bug again with Ubuntu 10.04.1 and I think I found out what caused it: rabbitvcs!
I don't know why and how, but it started some-when after i Installed rabbitvcs-core and rabbitvcs-nautilus from http://ppa.launchpad.net/rabbitvcs/ppa/ubuntu. So I uninstalled those two packages and did nautilus -q and now it's working perfectly again! Just wondering if the others have rabbitvcs installed too...

I'll post this the the rabbitvcs issues tracker now

eclipsenet (eclipse-net2k) wrote :

Doh! I have rabbitVCS installed as well! I had noticed that I had gotten a newer version with GIT support too ... I'll try an older version. To verify I will remove it first though. Good Call!

sblatt (stefan-blatter) wrote :

SOLVED -> installed rabbitvcs from tarbal (which includes the official fix for this problem), now it works like a charm :D
However the ppa version still breaks nautilus.

affects: nautilus (Ubuntu) → rabbitvcs (Ubuntu)
Changed in rabbitvcs (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Changed in nautilus:
status: New → Invalid
summary: - Nautilus crashes when overwriting files/merging folders
+ rabbitvcs crashes Nautilus when overwriting files/merging folders

http://code.google.com/p/rabbitvcs/issues/detail?id=481 - at least one individual claims using the current releases resolved this specific issue.
Can others confirm?

Changed in rabbitvcs (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Daniel O'Connor (daniel-oconnor)
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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