How can I copy the attributes of the pictures folder so that I can view thumbnails of pictures on, for example, network drives?
This is just a setting in Nautilus. The default setting are designed to improve network performance. However, you can change Nautilus to display preview thumbnails of remote image files...
- Open Nautilus
- From the menubar, select Edit
- Select Preferences
- In the File Preferences dialog, Click on the Preview tab
- From the Files drop down, make sure "Always" is selected, instead of "Local Files Only"
- Optional: You might want to change the maximum file size that thumbnail previews are shown for
Update for Ubuntu 20.04 (Nautilus 3.36)
- Click the menu button in the header bar
- Click "Preferences"
- The "Preferences" dialog will appear
- Click the "Search & Preview" tab
- In the "Thumbnails" section, select "All files" radio button
- Optionally select the file size to generate thumbnails for, using the "Only for files smaller than" spinner.
- Close the "Preferences" dialog
I couldn't find the "edit" menu from PJ Singh's answer, but adapting it to the command line worked for me:
dconf write /org/gnome/nautilus/preferences/show-image-thumbnails '"always"'
Note the double quoting: it seems
dconf wants a quoted string. To find the appropriate setting and to set it you can also use the