I have a similar problem to the one under this question: What is tumblerd?

That program is one of the most CPU hungry I ever seen in Xubuntu/Xfce. I do not really need thumbnails preview and I might just uninstall it.

sudo apt-get remove tumbler

But I get:

The following packages will be REMOVED:
  tumbler xubuntu-desktop

Isn't that my desktop?


I would like to know the answer to this question, but considering the initial reason for removing tumbler: removing tumbler is not necessary.

The sudden memory use is related to video thumbnails, and that only for videos that are moved, downloaded etc.

To completely disable thumbnails, open a Thunar window, Edit-Preferences-Show thumbnails:Never.

To disable them for video files only, edit /etc/xdg/tumbler/tumbler.rc changing the lines Disabled=false to Disabled=true under 'Video Thumbnailers' section.

  • xubuntu-desktop is a dummy package that installs things that the Xubuntu desktop needs. If it would delete other packages those would have been listed too.

  • dependencies for tumbler.

Feel free to remove that package.

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