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Bug 702949 - add a way to set generic folder thumbnails
add a way to set generic folder thumbnails
Product: nautilus
Classification: Core
Component: Thumbnails
Other Linux
: Normal enhancement
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Assigned To: Nautilus Maintainers
Nautilus Maintainers
: 702533 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-06-24 09:12 UTC by Luc Pi
Modified: 2021-06-18 15:29 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: ---

Description Luc Pi 2013-06-24 09:12:54 UTC
Currently, there is a single folder icon (theme-able). We can set specific icon for individual folders (properties dialog).

I wish we could set various folder icons in a generic way.

The generic way is described by a rule or pattern.

The thumbnail could be a specific icon, or the result of a thumbnailer.

This is exactly as it works for files (based on mime types) but for folders and based on rules.

Example usage:
- all .attic folders get a specific icon
- all folders under 'git' get a folder icon as themed, with a git logo
- all dot folders get a dimmed icon
- etc.

By using thumbnailers, the only thing requested for nautilus is a way to hook these thumbnailers based on rules.
Comment 1 António Fernandes 2013-06-24 10:15:21 UTC
*** Bug 702533 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 2 Luc Pi 2013-06-24 13:30:00 UTC
The general use case is to facilitate navigation through the folder tree and ease identification of the folder we are looking for.

I think that the current nautilus works very well for a reasonable folder tree.

When there is significantly more folders it would help to have more visual clues to know where we are in the tree, and shall we go to reach a specific folder.

There is no standard folder tree, this is why I suggest generic tools/clues.
Comment 3 Luc Pi 2013-06-24 13:34:47 UTC
these are related cases to ease navigation

Bug 702532 - give a visual clue to follow a specific path
Bug 702543 - give a visual clue under which 'root' the current folder is
Comment 4 André Klapper 2021-06-18 15:29:07 UTC
GNOME is going to shut down in favor of
As part of that, we are mass-closing older open tickets in
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Thank you for your understanding and your help.