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

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The error "System program problem detected" comes up when a certain application crashes. Ubuntu has a program called Apport that is responsible for detecting such crashes and upon user consent, report these crashes to developers. This process intends to get the problem fixed by the developers.

However it can be very annoying to common users, and there is no point in showing errors to users when they cannot do anything about it themselves. So you might want to disable them.

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Remove crash report files

The apport system creates 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 completely turn off apport to get rid. 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.

$ sudo restart apport






Last Updated On : 27th April 2014

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  • toshi

    thanks a lot

  • benoit

    Thanks, I was looking for solving it for a moment ;o))

  • cis

    Why do that? That is a little irresponsible and very lacking in community spirit.
    By reporting the problem you can help developers be aware of issues and fix it. It does not take long. You should not get lots of problems unless you mess up your system.

    • anon

      If you report the problem and it keeps happening, you may not want the error screen to keep popping up and blocking your viewing space.

    • James Bell

      I’ve been having this problem for about a year now starting with fresh installs of *buntu. It might be poorly written drivers, I’m not sure. But I’ve NEVER had Ubuntu or derivatives run better than Windows on a machine, from the first boot and on.

    • Mike

      I am a software developer, so I understand the need to report bugs. I have had the same issues causing six consecutive error dialogs, every time my laptop resumes from hibernation. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve hit “Report”, so I’m certain by now there’s nothing new that could be gleaned by any future crash reports from my laptop. I use my laptop for work every day, and believe me, this is a very welcome tip – rather than put up with tens of popups every day.

  • alper yıldızlı

    thank you. You were very helpful

  • Alok kumar singh

    thank you sir, for great help….

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