How to Disable Error Reporting Pop-up in Ubuntu 16.10

Disable Error Report

On new installed Ubuntu 16.10 Desktop, you may have encountered some error reporting popups. This can be easily disabled if you find it annoying.

The Ubuntu error reporting system is called apport, it tries to catch all program crashes in the background and report them to help the developers.

Some stuck reports continue to pops up. You can get rid of them by removing old crash caches via command:

sudo rm /var/crash/*

To prevent new error pop-ups, you can disable the error reporting system via following steps:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install gksu:

sudo apt install gksu

gksu is a frontend to su and gksudo is a frontend to sudo. Their pri‐mary purpose is to run graphical commands that need root without the need to run an X terminal emulator and using su directly.

2. Run command to edit the apport configuration file via root:

gksudo gedit /etc/default/apport

When the file opened, change the value to 0 to disable the error reporting system.

disable apport system

Finally save the file and that’s it.

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