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    ~/.thumbnails - The Creepiest Directory

    Apparently, Ubuntu (and Xubuntu) keep copies of all thumbnails ever loaded, cached in ~/.thumbnails. To me, this is creepy and can be bad from a security standpoint.

    Is there any way to have all thumbnails loaded on-the-fly, but not to have them ever cached on disk?

    I tried symlinking ~/.thumbnails to /dev/null, but this disabled thumbnails entirely.

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    Re: ~/.thumbnails - The Creepiest Directory

    The solution offered by StuartN in that thread seems to fix the problem in GNOME, but how can I do it in Xfce (Xubuntu)?

    Thanks

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    Re: ~/.thumbnails - The Creepiest Directory

    You could make ~/.thumbnails read-only. I think that still works.

    EDIT: Actually, I think Xubuntu still uses GConf anyway. I could be wrong, it's a long time since I used it.

    Edit 2: Or you could do this to have a script that runs on logout that empties the ~/.thumbnails directory.
    Last edited by CatKiller; July 24th, 2011 at 09:38 AM.
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