I would like to resurrect Pantheon Files. It has crapped out in some manner I can't easily understand of deal with, and I don't know how to proceed.
Was dragging files between Files tabs when it hung. Got one bonus relaunch and most files reappeared with green dots. Further attempts to launch showed only a hung interface, frozen at the same mid-draw point with spinners in both tabs, and I had to kill it to quit it. I have no idea what the green dots represent and found nothing online explaining colour codes.
Command line full purge and AppCentre reinstall achieved, but now Files is extremely slow to launch and items are still green dotted. Today I noticed some blank and one orange dot; icon associations seem fine. It really feels like it's still trying to figure something out, then presents a failed best guess.
I have continued to use an alternative file manager without issue and the file system seems okay.
I thought apt purge got rid of everything related to an application but it appears something is mangled and cached. I tried apt remove first but had the same outcome. Also, I didn't find any other pantheon processes to kill, except the daemon I assume I just reinstalled.