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I use Ubuntu 12.04 and in Nautilus I can see thumbnails of several files including ogg (with embedded artwork) and text files, just like in this screenshot:

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It's a nice feature.

I can't see ogg and text thumbnails in other file managers like PCManFM. Moreover, I have another machine with Arch linux and I even can't see them in Nautilus. I can see thumbnails for some other file types (eps, svg, png, jpg or pdf), but not for ogg and text files.

My question is, does ubuntu use a patched nautilus version with extended capabilities to see text and music thumbnailes? And, if so, is it possible to reproduce this extended capabilities to other file managers as pcmanfm?

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Please don't mind, but I failed to see the question here. Do you want to know if Ubuntu uses a patched version or what? – Anwar Shah Sep 14 '12 at 15:47
@Anwar Yes, my question is if ubuntu's nautilus was patched to view text and music thumbnailers. Sorry, English is noy my language, I've edited my question to be more clear. – David López Sep 16 '12 at 19:10
I don't have enough information to make an answer, but totem does the thumbnailing for nautilus. – Jorge Castro Sep 16 '12 at 19:25
@JorgeCastro Thanks Jorge, I've tested with Totem in Arch and now nautilus displays thumbnails of the ogg file. I have not any luck with the text files yet, maybe this is a only-ubuntu feature. And pcmanfm can't generate ogg thumbnails (nor ubuntu nor arch), it only read them if nautilus/totem create them. – David López Sep 17 '12 at 14:01

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