If a browse a nautilus folder that contains a .dvi file, I get errors that pop onto my screen:

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I think that this is due to the thumbnailer processing the file. I don't care about getting thumbnails for dvi files.

How can I stop this happening?

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    Feb 12, 2015 at 17:33
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You can disable thumbnails for dvi files. Open a terminal and type the following commands:

  1. Clean the thumbnails cache folder:

    rm -rf ~/.cache/thumbnails
  2. blacklist the dvi files:

    dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/thumbnailers/disable "['application/x-dvi']"
  3. Finally restart Nautilus:

    nautilus -q

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