I had a disk issue necessitating a desperate recovery with foremost. Foremost seems to have recovered most of my photos, probably 1500 of them. But it must have found recovered a bunch of other (garbage) photos as well. Also foremost doesn't preserve directory structure. The result is that I now have 46,000 photos in one folder all with generic names such as 10202537827.jpg.
Problem: Now when I try to navigate to that folder in Nautilus it just churns the disk for a few hours then never shows me any file listing or thumbnails in the folder. I thought Nautilus saved photo thumbnails in a folder called .cache/thumbnails.
Question: Is my Nautilus in a rut somehow where it tries to recreate all the thumbnails each time I open the folder? Or is it walking all the photos to try to resync them with the .cache/thumbnails folder? Does anyone know any strategy for managing 46,000 photos in a GUI navigator? I definitely need the thumbnails to be able to sift thru 46,000 photos and find the 7% of them that are mine and discard the leftover photos from this disk's previous life.