Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 237479
Gnome launches unwanted nautilus and fails to display desktop icons
Last modified: 2008-03-18 15:04:42 EDT
Description of problem:
Occasionally, when I log in on the console to a Gnome desktop manager, the usual
desktop icons are absent, and several (usually 3 to 5) instances of nautilus are
activated showing my home directory. My Gnome configuration has the panel at
the top with the main menu, a few app launchers, a window selector, and a
workspace switcher. There is no window list. Nautilus is not specified as a
Usually if I log out and log in again, the desktop is back to normal.
Computer is an HP Compaq dc5000 MicroTower with two cpus.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible: not very. Happens about once in every 5 to 10 logins. I have
not found anything that it correlates with.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log in from Gnome login screen on console to session with Gnome desktop manager
Observe lack of any desktop icons, and presence of several nautilus windows
showing home directory files.
Normal desktop icons present, and no nautilus windows present.
Additional info: this began happening with FC6. With FC5 and earlier, it was
We no longer support Fedora Core 6 and I am currently trying to get my open bug
count down to a more manageable state. I'm going to close this bug as WONTFIX.
If this issue is still a concern for you, would you mind trying to reproduce on
a supported version of Fedora and reopening?
(this is a mass message)
Apparently this was due to some incompatibility with old Gnome configuration
files as system was upgraded from older Fedora versions. Recently my machine
was replaced and besides installing Fedora 8 fresh, I started a new home
directory, allowing Gnome to generate new config files on first login. The
problem has not reappeared since then.