When using Nautilus and navigating through directories, randomly Nautilus becomes very slow. A "Loading" appears. Sometime up to 60 seconds delay between each directly. Same issue when using Nautilus to create new files or new directories.
For Debian Wheezy 7
- Using Terminal as Root, run the following command to remove the metadata storage
rm -rf /home/YOUR-USERNAME-HERE/.local/share/gvfs-metadata
- Note: Where "YOUR-USERNAME-HERE" is the name of your user directory.
- Still using Terminal as Root, run the following command to kill "gvfsd-metadata" process
- Wait a few seconds. Nautilus will be back to its normal speed. Note that this is just a temporary fix. After a while the bug will be back again, somehow "gvfsd-metadata storage folder get corrupted again and again.
Cause of the issue
- Somehow "gvfsd-metadata" store got corrupted, as a result "gvfsd-metadata" get stuck on an infinite loop. Which in turn significantly affect the performance of nautilus. If you're not familiar with "gvfsd-metadata", it is a process that collects file metadata when you use Nautilus file browser. We are assuming "gvfsd-metadata" is part of or related to "gvfs" package.
This bug was reported at https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=773130