Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm on a shared system and have very little space my home directory; can I move the .thumbnails folder somewhere, or disable thumbnail creation? I notice most when I use Eye of Gnome to view many images in series.

share|improve this question
Presumably the images are remote (if they are local you could create more home directory space by moving some to external storage) -- have you set Nautilus to only use thumbnails for local folders and only for small files? – mas Sep 12 '11 at 11:14
Does setting this in nautilus help anything? I never open nautilus, just eye of gnome. – Thomas Sep 13 '11 at 11:07
Probably not if you never use nautilus (e.g. folder viewer). There is a range of issues about whether any fix should be to not have any thumbnails (the 'map to null' class of solution), not allow more thumbnails (the chmod class of solutions), prevent formation via gconf, select thumbnail creation per app, or discard thumbnails at the end of a session. This was discussed in detail in relation to eog in and it may be helpful to read that discussion and review the patch. – mas Sep 13 '11 at 12:52
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Try redirecting ~/.thumbnails or its subfolders to /dev/null (works with subfolders at least):

  • rm -rf ~/.thumbnails
  • ln -s /dev/null ~/.thumbnails

  • share|improve this answer
    Nice, I had just linked it to /tmp/.thumbnails, /dev/null was too dark and scary last year when I asked this. – Thomas Sep 13 '11 at 11:09
    @Thomas: "dark and scary" was funny! But seriously, if you link anywhere inside /tmp, be a good citizen and (pre-)append your user name, so you don't monopolize the solution: /tmp/$USER/thumbnails. Also, No need to be hidden. And some systems /tmp is discarted on every reboot, so you might need to re-create that dir in ~/.profile – MestreLion Apr 29 '13 at 1:04

    You must log in to answer this question.

    Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .