Its been a couple of weeks since I have been using Ubuntu 13.04. As far as the look & feel is concerned, its more or less same as Ubuntu 12.04 while with my daily work too I have not encountered something which has drastically changed. But there is something that started annoying me for past 3-4 days. The problem is that when ever I turn on my Ubuntu, a window saying System Program Problem Detected appears. It further says, Do You Want To Report The Problem Now?. I does not provide any way to get the details of the problem. You can either Cancel or Report Problem.
Here is a snapshot of the problem I am talking about :
Initially I ignored it but when I observed that the problem occurred every time I boot up Ubuntu, I decided to go for Report Problem option by clicking that button with a hope that this could lead to me to problem details but to my surprise, the next box was asking for my root password.
Here is the snapshot:
Well, the first thing that cam to mind was How can Ubuntu behave like Windows? Why should I provide root access to something which isn’t even telling me the details of what it is? It could even be a Linux Malware.
Next thing I did was that I googled a bit about this problem and found that this problem was there in earlier versions of Ubuntu too.
The best solution that I tried was to disable Apport.
Here is what I did :
- Opened /etc/default/apport by typing something like :
$ sudo gedit /etc/default/apport
- Next, I changed enabled=1 to enabled=0 to disable this crash reporting mechanism.
- Then executed the following command to bring the changes in effect:
$ sudo restart apport
- If the above command does not bring the changes into effect, give your system a reboot.
After these steps, I have not encountered the problem till now. Here is a Youtube video for the same solution.
For those who would argue that why should the program be disabled, here is another trick.
Just try the following command :
sudo rm /var/crash/*
This should remove any old crash logs and hence stop apport from throwing annoying pop-ups related to crashes that are old but still in system cache. Though I am not sure about this solution by this has done the trick for many Ubuntu users.
Let me know your experience and share your tips and tricks that you applied to solve this problem.
NOTE – Experiencing Ubiquity crash issue? Read our article on Ubuntu 12.04 installation issue: Ubiquity installer crashes.