I just noticed that HTML files with CSS transforms on elements show with the CSS transforms within the thumbnails on Nautilus. So what rendering engine does Nautilus use to generate the thumbnails for HTML files?


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The thumbnailing programs are installed separately except for text/plain and are specified in gconf here:

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This system allows you install different programs to do the rendering of different kinds of images. My system doesn't have any html preview/thumnails and gconf reflects that. So I wonder what gnome packages you have installed that provide that functionality.

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    those are provided by some kind of gtk-html or mozilla/gtk integration related package to memory, but it is broken if you use newer versions of xulrunner unfortunately.
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 13:33
  • @Roland Taylor: could you elaborate on the "it is broken if you..." part?
    – Mussnoon
    Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 13:51
  • the thumbnails do not show up. it either shows a white box, or a loading icon.
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 13:52
  • Thanks. However, even though I only quoted the first part of that statement, my emphasis was on the latter part, i.e. "... if you use newer versions of xulrunner".
    – Mussnoon
    Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 14:11
  • - meaning, will it be affected only if I manually update xulrunner separately or if the one that comes with firefox is updated as well?
    – Mussnoon
    Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 14:17

Install gnome-web-photo

sudo apt-get install gnome-web-photo

If it doesn't work not open gconf-editor go to /desktop/gnome/thumbnailers/text@html and change the command

gnome-web-photo --mode=thumbnail --timeout=16 --size=%s %u %o


/usr/bin/gnome-web-photo --mode=thumbnail --timeout=16 --size=%s %u %o

Normally you can reload the view to get the thumbnails. If you want to recreate all icons see here: Refresh thumbnails in nautilus

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