Filezilla Crashes on Drag and Drop – Ubuntu 11.10


Filezilla – What just happened?!

Recently Filezilla crashes on drag and drop, I believe its an Ubuntu 11.10 problem as I don’t remember this occurring before. It’s pretty drastic so I’m sure I would have noticed!

Whenever I try to drag and drop a folder Filezilla disappears (exits or crashes – however you want to explain it!). It wasn’t too painful to fix…. luckily.

The Fix

This is something to do with python-wx*. Updating these packages fixed the problem, the releases in the standard software repositories are a few releases behind so we need to get the latest ones.

First, we need to add a to our trusted keys (or you will get error messages)

Now we need to add the software source to our lists of sources. Lets open up the file to add them:

Usually you would add the source relevant for your Ubuntu distribution, in this case there isn’t a source for Oneiric Ocelot (Ubuntu 11.10). So we are going to use the source for Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04). Scroll to the bottom of the file and add these lines….

Let’s update our package list (as usual whenever you add a new source):

Finally we can add the packages that needed updating:

Now open up Filezilla and all should be well again!

(close Filezilla and open if you had it open through these steps!)

For more information about fixing this in previous distributions, you can find the distribution names here.

UPDATE: I haven’t experience any Filezilla drag and drop crash in Ubuntu 12.04. I personally found Ubuntu 11.10 a bit laggy compared to 12.04 so my best advice would be to just upgrade!

  • It worked perfectly.

  • Raptox91

    thx a lot, worked fine 🙂

  • Thanks! Great job!

  • Thx. It worked for me for Filezilla 3.5.0 on Ubuntu 11.10 – GNOME 3 environment.

  • Thx a lot, worked perfectly for me (Ubuntu 11.10 – GNOME 3).

  • Uxio Niñe

    Thanks, it works fine.

  • Uxio Niñe

    Thanks! I had the same problem and now it works fine.

  • Tom

    u saved my bacon u sexy bastard!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Didn’t work for Gnome3. Probably it’s realted with my system conf. Thanks anyway.

    • Could you open Filezilla through the terminal, then when it crashes post the error message that appears in your terminal. Might shed a bit more light on the issue.

  • matt

    Thank you.

  • mike

    You gem! Worked a charm, thanks.