One of my Ubuntu systems would pop up the following message multiple times after logging in:
System program problem detected
Do you want to report the problem now?
It was really annoying as simply closing the messages would cause them to return after a reboot.
This was happening due to a number of files in the
/var/crash/ directory. After removing these, the problem went away. I did so from the command line as follows:
[chris@home ~]$ sudo rm /var/crash/* [chris@home ~]$
While the idea of a crash report helping fix problems is nice, I really question whether they are that valuable. Personally, I’d rather never have to deal with them.
To ensure that I never have to deal with them again, I disabled the
apport service that is responsible for generating these crash reports.
To disable the service, first edit the
[chris@home ~]$ gksu gedit /etc/default/apport
# set this to 0 to disable apport, or to 1 to enable it # you can temporarily override this with # sudo service apport start force_start=1 enabled=1
# set this to 0 to disable apport, or to 1 to enable it # you can temporarily override this with # sudo service apport start force_start=1 enabled=0
Save and close the file.
Finally, stop the still-running
[chris@home ~]$ sudo stop apport apport stop/waiting [chris@home ~]$