GThumb but no thumb(nails)

GThumb without thumbnailsWhile I was ordering and sorting a bunch of holiday snaps at some point GThumb just stopped showing the thumbnails. I just got a generic icon for an image.

I have absolutely no idea what happened.

There was nothing in the GThumb preferences about not showing thumbnails, so I was a bit at a loss. Fortunately I got the idea of using the Gnome Configuration Editor, which on my Debian testing system is on Applications | System Tools | Configuration Editor and there it was. The gconf key /apps/gthumb/browser/show_thumbnails was not set.

Once the key was set to ‘true’ (by checking the box) GThumb immediately showed the thumbnails again.

So the fix was easy, but I still haven’t got a clue why it was turned off automatically in the middle of a session. The Gnome Configuration Editor with the relevant key selected:
Gnome Configuration Editor

GThumb showing thumbnails again:
GThumb showing thumbnails again

The photo is from the Mausoleum of Galla Placida in Ravenna, Italy.

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9 Responses to “GThumb but no thumb(nails)”

  1. Andy Says:

    That is so weird. The EXACT same thing just happened to me. I was really starting to get annoyed, so Google sent me to this page.

    Did you ever figure out the bug? I’m still trying to get it to do it again.

  2. Phil Chapman Says:

    And exactly the same thing just happened to me (Ubuntu 5.10) Thanks for the solution!

  3. Noah Slater Says:

    Thanks for the solution to this anoying problem!

  4. t3rmin4t0r Says:

    Life saver !

  5. Hank Cazorp Says:

    Props for finding this answer!

  6. Buddha443556 Says:

    I’m using gThumb 2.7.6 on KDE so I tried editing the config file with Kate but that didn’t work which was a surprise. After search my hard drive several times and finding nothing. I went back to the preferences dialog and noticed "SHOW/HIDE" didn’t have thumbnails checked. Yep that was it. Very weird problem.

  7. Buddha443556 Says:

    I’m using gThumb 2.7.6 on KDE so I tried editing the config file with Kate but that didn’t work which was a surprise. After search my hard drive several times and finding nothing. I went back to the preferences dialog and noticed "SHOW/HIDE" didn’t have thumbnails checked. Yep that was it. Very weird problem.

  8. Johncc Says:

    This happened to me already three or four times. I have no idea how I got out of the problem those times, but I did…
    The gconf-editor is not automatically installed with all distros, so if you can’t find it, look for the correct package for you distribution, or compile it yourself from http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gn
    Thanks for the solution!

    Johncc

  9. dalekbell Says:

    I’d like to add my thanks too, this problem has been bugging me every now and then. Your advice plus an apt-get install gconf-editor (thanks Johncc) finally did the job.

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