14 Nov

How to solve “System program problem detected” error on Ubuntu

The “problem of the system program has been detected” error happens when some application hangs. Ubuntu has a PWA is responsible for detecting these collisions and with the consent of the user, report such accidents to the developers. This process is to get the problem solved by the developers.However, it can be very annoying for ordinary users, and it is unnecessary to show errors to users when they can not do anything about themselves. So you may want to disable them.

Removing crash report files

The apport system makes crash report files in the /var/crash directory. These crash report files cause the error message to appear everytime Ubuntu boots.

$ cd /var/crash
$ ls
_opt_google_chrome_chrome.1000.crash
_usr_lib_chromium-browser_chromium-browser.1000.crash
_usr_sbin_ulatencyd.0.crash
_usr_share_apport_apport-gtk.1000.crash

Just remove the crash report files

$ sudo rm /var/crash/*

After removing all the crash report files, the error message should stop popping up. However if a new crash takes place then it would appear again in future.

Turn off apport

After removing the old crash reports if you still get the same error message then you can entirely turn off apport to get rid. So Edit the configuration file at /etc/default/apport.

$ gksudo gedit /etc/default/apport

The file would contain something like this

# 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

Just set the value of enabled to 0, and this will disable apport.

enabled=0

Save the file and close it. From the next boot onwards, there should be no error messages ever. If you do not want to restart the system then restart apport from the command line.

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