I have written a filesystem over Fuse to access a remote pseudo-NAS (the French "Freebox V6", I'll soon publish it as GPL3... when it's a little bit more polished!).

The NAS is connected to a home ADSL, thus data comes down at the upload speed of ADSL, which is at best 1Mbps.

My mount works fine (read-only at the moment), but Nautilus sees the mountpoint (and all sub-directories) as a "local" filesystem and tries to make thumbnails.

As I have a directory full of images, this is quite horrible, because Nautilus then opens ALL the images to try to display the thumbnail.

I could switch the Nautilus preferences to "Never" for thumbnails, but then I'll loose thumbnails on my "real" local filesystem.

So the question is: with the preference "Only for local filesystem", how can I instruct Nautilus that my mountpoint is in fact NOT a local mount so that it will stop trying to draw thumbnails on that specific mount, but continue "thumbnailing" on mounts that are really local?

Edit note: the same things happens if you use "standard worldwide" mounts such as sshfs, davfs,... as long as you mount over a relatively slow network (ADSL) and have images/movies on your mounted tree.

  • Source code and binary (Lucid 64) for this filesystem [Beta] is now published : (forum.ubuntu-fr.org/viewtopic.php?id=744561)
    – Zakhar
    Dec 3, 2011 at 0:30
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    – jrg
    Mar 10, 2012 at 16:48
  • You are right, as the question was initially worded. But in fact, as the anwser bellow proves, it affects ALL types of "network-mount", and not only my own development: sshfs, davfs,... As long a you mount these sort of mount over a slow network, the issue happens. ... and how do I "unflag"... (searching)...
    – Zakhar
    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:29

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I suspect this isn't currently possible - I've been searching for solutions with sshfs based mounts and been unable to find any.

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    Thanks for your answer, I have the same issue with davfs2 (and I assume we will have the same sort of issue with all "network" mounts). I think I should "launchpad" a suggestion as there are more and more "cloud" storage and this issue is going to be more and more pregnant in the future!
    – Zakhar
    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:24
  • This had better be a comment, it's not a solution
    – OverCoder
    Jul 15, 2015 at 1:05

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