Is there a way to turn off background folder scan when opening a "Home" icon on XFCE desktop? This takes time due to a lot of files in home folder (source repos, why not).


I do following steps and it works for me:

  • Open /usr/share/gvfs/mounts/network.mount this file using an editor: sudo nano /usr/share/gvfs/mounts/network.mount
  • change AutoMount=true to AutoMount=false.
  • Save file and login again.

This will stop Thunar stating the Network every time you run it.

Have a nice time.


For starters, if your computer is up to date you can already speed up the first start up of Thunar by adding it to your startup applications.

In Session/Startup you can add a new app, call it Thunar maybe ;) and in the command field you can put /usr/bin/thunar --daemonso it will start in the background and be faster when you call a window.

Be careful not to "Save Session" on shutdown with this enabled, this will start a thunar for every-time you shutdown this way and will cause problems.


It might be the thubmnail generator, tumbler. what-is-tumblerd I removed it from my install because it was causing folders I open to task the CPU, and delay because it is making thumbnails for every file.

How to remove:

With Synaptic Package Manager:
Search for tumbler click on the check box for it and select "Mark for Removal"

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With Terminal:

sudo apt-get remove tumbler

Note: Removing tumbler will ask you to remove xubuntu-desktop this is ok since it is a "meta-package" and will not remove xubuntu, https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MetaPackages


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