Dropbox kills desktop icons

Asked by William Burden on 2017-04-17

Apparently this is a long standing issue since 15.04 I believe. Accessing the dropbox folder from the status bar wipes desktop icons and you have to log out/in to restore. Apparently nautilus is the issue and I found some info on-line indicating that applying a patch solves the issue. What is missing are instructions on how to do so. Since dropbox is a pretty common application traversing all O/S's I'm very surprised and a little dismayed that a kernal update hasn't put this issue to bed. Any clear & simple (hopefully permanent) solutions would be appreciated.

Question information

What is the output of:

lsb_release -a; uname -a; apt-cache policy nautilus-dropbox


William Burden (waburden-4) said : #2

waburden@Desktop-1:~$ lsb_release -a; uname -a; apt-cache policy nautilus-dropbox
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 17.04
Release: 17.04
Codename: zesty
Linux Desktop-1 4.10.0-19-generic #21-Ubuntu SMP Thu Apr 6 17:04:57 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
  Installed: 2015.10.28-1ubuntu1
  Candidate: 2015.10.28-1ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 2015.10.28-1ubuntu1 500
        500 http://ca.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/multiverse amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Strange. I've never seen this bug. Works perfectly

William Burden (waburden-4) said : #4

Here is the original bug info I found that provides all sorts of conversation but no solution that is understandable by me, at least:

What is the output of:

apt-cache policy nautilus


William Burden (waburden-4) said : #6

Ooops, sorry.... didn't notice the semi-colon from the original request. Thanks for hanging-in!

waburden@Desktop-1:~$ sudo apt-cache policy nautilus
[sudo] password for waburden:

  Installed: 1:3.20.4-0ubuntu2
  Candidate: 1:3.20.4-0ubuntu2
  Version table:
 *** 1:3.20.4-0ubuntu2 500
        500 http://ca.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status


Post on the bug that it affects you in Zesty. If you use a different file manager is it OK? Something like pcmanfm2

William Burden (waburden-4) said : #8

I successfully linked to an existing bug (#633826) but I was not able to add that I am affected in Zesty (I'm assuming that to be fairly obvious at this point). From what I understand, Dropbox only references nautilus. Sometimes I am able to open a file on the desktop which manages to instigate a screen refresh and the desktop icons re-appear, sometimes not. Same thing with Double Commander, the only other file manager I use. This seems to indicate that the file manager app is not the issue, and that how Dropbox calls nautilus is the culprit. As I stated previously, it appears that a script has been created to resolve the issue but usable instructions have not been forthcoming to the Ubuntu community. It simply amazes me that a more credible solution has not been communicated to the user base in the last two years, in light of Dropbox's popularity.

Dropbox is proprietary so the only people who can make a client, is Dropbox. Go moan at them.....

William Burden (waburden-4) said : #10

Seriously: "Go moan at them." If it's that much trouble offering assistance, I suggest you take a much needed vacation. I presented an issue in good faith that didn't exist in previous versions of Ubuntu (as I stated previously). Ubuntu answers indeed! Over and outta here!

Again, Dropbox are the only ones who can make the application to access their services in the way that nautilus-dropbox does.

The client they have given is made by them, for their service. It doesn't reflect on Ubuntu or Linux for what it does or doesn't do. It's just packaged by the teams so that it can be installed easily.

By the same token, Apple make iTunes. They refuse to make a client for Linux and iTunes and connecting methods to its servers etc is only known by Apple and only they can make iTunes. So an iTunes client can only exist if Apple makes it

There could be a bug in nautilus with the current nautilus-dropbox version. This is also possible. You can report a bug to state what is occurring and the bug guys will request details of your system and steps to recreate the bug.

This is also possible

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