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#1 2018-09-22 01:37:44

akovia
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Registered: 2011-03-27
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Thunar Stuttering

Within the past week I have noticed that thunar seems to hang frequently. I can be doing nothing and the busy cursor will start. Also while scrolling long lists of files, it will just hang mid scroll and then catches up.

I haven't noticed anything else fishy with my system and see nothing alarming in the logs. I just did an update and rebooted in the hopes of fixing it but no luck. Not sure how to troubleshoot this further and looking for help.


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#2 2018-09-22 02:06:31

ToZ
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Registered: 2011-06-02
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Re: Thunar Stuttering

Tumbler (the thumbnailer) was recently updated. Try reverting back to the previous version to see if the problem disappears.

Also, check which other Xfce packages may have been updated recently.

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#3 2018-09-23 10:41:56

akovia
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Re: Thunar Stuttering

It may have cleared up on it's own. I wanted to make it fail again before downgrading and it's been doing just fine. The moment it acts up again I'll try your suggestion and report back.

Really appreciate the suggestion.


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#4 2018-09-23 15:58:58

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Re: Thunar Stuttering

akovia wrote:

Within the past week I have noticed that thunar seems to hang frequently. I can be doing nothing and the busy cursor will start. Also while scrolling long lists of files, it will just hang mid scroll and then catches up. ...

Greetings!

Imhe, I've observed this odd behavior whenever "opening", via a graphic file manager like Thunar, a removable drive or network-attached (NAS) or shared drive (Samba, CIFS) that stored a LARGE collection (ie >1000) files and/or folders. Based on suggestions on the ubuntu forums, i've set Thunar's "default" behavior as follows:Thunar_Defaults.png
The "Show thumbnails 'Local Files Only' " option worked every time for me; the "Never" option won't help me much, and the "Always" option turned out to be my problem (my large archives of .pdf docs) So it may be your's too...

Cheers, M4A


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#5 2018-09-23 21:35:30

akovia
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Re: Thunar Stuttering

Thanks for the reply.

I have that set to local files only as well. The strange thing is that it still shows thumbs for my NAS drive. I never thought anything of it until you mentioned it though. It was a tad slow again after a big update this morning right after a reboot, but I figured it was just the NAS waking up. Hasn't acted up since.

I think that both of you are right though in thinking it's a thumb issue. I'm in the process of working on my Kodi library and I'm scouring through many TB of pics and vids. I will certainly be back if it starts really stuttering again as it makes it almost unusable. If it is a tumbler issue, maybe they'll fix it before mine acts up again.


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#6 2018-09-23 21:58:59

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Re: Thunar Stuttering

1) Wouldn't previously generated thumbnails still be used (unless/until the user chooses to delete them)?

2) Several years ago, I tried PCManFM. While I didn't care for it, I did use it long enough to observe that it was the fastest "thumbnail generator" I'd ever seen.

3) Would it be possible to set up some kind of automatic script that would run PCManFM (possibly even in the background, although I have no idea whether or not this is even possible) shortly after the computer is booted, and use it to generate thumbnails for all the "connected" drives?

I'm just trying to think outside the box here. Even if the above worked, it wouldn't help for those drives that you choose to only occasionally (or just once) connect to; but it might be viable for the one(s) you, personally, own and therefore connect to on a regular basis.

I'm probably just displaying my extreme ignorance, I suppose.

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#7 2018-09-24 00:58:30

akovia
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Re: Thunar Stuttering

MountainDewManiac wrote:

1) Wouldn't previously generated thumbnails still be used (unless/until the user chooses to delete them)?

In my case, this is a new NAS and was never hooked up before locally, so it is indeed creating thumbs on the fly. Not using cached images.

I'm certainly not upset it's doing that, but if what you say is true about not creating thumbs on network drives then mine is broke. I would certainly deduce it shouldn't from the wording of the setting.


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