Files manager super slow to start (20+ seconds)

Hi all,

Something changed recently on my system and now every graphical files manager I try start super slowly (evince as well).

thunar, nautilus, pantheon-files but not ranger.

I guess it’s waiting for something to start but I don’t know what and how to check.

Thanks a lot

(I’m running manjaro openbox)

Does the rest of the system start quickly? Concerned you may have a failing drive. I’d check dmesg logs to see if you have any messages during that time.

This is usually related to network shares - perhaps a bookmark to a network share …

Thanks for your answers.

I don’t have any remote share bookmarked ( we talkng about adding folder to the left pane right?)

I did sudo dmesg --follow -H when launching thunar, nothing out of interrest. variation of :

[ +0.005868] audit: type=1105 audit(1608795271.248:286): pid=10033 uid=0 auid=1000 ses=1 msg=‘op=PAM:session_open grantors=pam_limits,pam_unix,pam_permit acct=“root” exe="/usr/bin/sudo" hostname=? addr=? terminal=/dev/pts/4 res=success’

Tested my drive with smartctl and it passed the test.

Thunar has been the default filemanager on Openbox ISO and I know there is (has been) infrequent issues with Thunar being slow to start.

With no intentionally relation to the above - but more as an effort to create a true minimal ISO the most recent version of Openbox ISO has PCManFM (gtk3) onboard.

I have not had any issues for a long time neither using Thunar nor PCManFM.

I’ve digged deeper using other search term and found this:

I had installed gnome-builder the other day, which installed flatpak which installed xdg-desktop-portal-gtk. I’ve removed everything (coz dependencies) and my system is usable again.

For less drastic solution add te following to .xinitrc or .xsession

dbus-update-activation-environment --systemd DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS DISPLAY XAUTHORITY

source :

OK - so nothing wrong with Manjaro - but a self-inflicted problem - that happens - quite often.

yep, dealing with all those environment break stuff some times.

thanks for helping

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