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I have a directory with half a million JPEG files and it can't be opened in Nautilus. What is the simplest way to see the previews of these images?

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What do you want to do? –  Saeed Zarinfam Sep 7 '12 at 12:22
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select folder with shotwell and let shotwell create folder dates and such –  blade19899 Sep 7 '12 at 12:26
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Split the images into multiple directories. You aren't going to view all 500000 previews anyway. –  Gilles Sep 7 '12 at 12:46
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I just want to see what is inside the directory. Like how the pictures look like. With Nautilus I cant do that because it freezes. I tried Shotwell and it is now importing the images (without copying). It is performing very very slow though. –  user1459339 Sep 7 '12 at 12:50
    
You have half a million images. Its gonna take some time, when shotwell is done you can view them by using shotwell. or via nautilus –  blade19899 Sep 7 '12 at 14:09
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Select folder with Shotwell, and let Shotwell create folder dates and such.
as @Tom Brosmann suggested, check if you have duplicate first.
See this page How to find (and delete) duplicate files

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You can try installing gwenview.

sudo apt-get install gwenview.

But still I am not sure whether it can handle a million JPEG files. I would suggest you to use command-line via terminal and categorize the files and then view it.

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