Bellow are the steps I undertook to try to disable thumbnails in Nautilus ( following instruction mentioned here: https://wiki.gnome.org/dconf/SystemAdministrators ) . It didn't help. (I'm on Debian Wheezy, which seemingly has no /etc/dconf by default):

  • mkdir -p /etc/dconf/db/local.d/locks

  • nano /etc/dconf/db/local.d/settings

    # /etc/dconf/db/local.d/settings
    # prevent showing thumbnails
  • nano /etc/dconf/db/local.d/locks/settings

    # prevent changes to showing thumbnails setting
  • mkdir /etc/dconf/profile

  • nano /etc/dconf/profile/local

  • export DCONF_PROFILE=/etc/dconf/profile

  • dconf update

What's wrong here?

I also tried to disable it using dconf-editor (both as root and as regular user) and I was not able to change the setting from 'local-only' to 'never' it looked like it was locked.

I also tried gsettings:

# gsettings get org.gnome.nautilus.preferences show-image-thumbnails 'local-only'

# gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences show-image-thumbnails "never"

** (process:5834): WARNING **: The connection is closed

** (process:5834): WARNING **: The connection is closed

PS: I didn't reboot. Do I need to reboot in order for the new settings to take effect?

I found several dconf files but it doesn't look like they contain any lock of org.gnome.nautilus.preferences.show-image-thumbnails and adding


to them didn't help either. Here are they:




It looks like dconf update ignores:


because if I intentionally write wrong things there it doesn't complain.

Any ideas?

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    I'm not sure whether it's needed but you should at least restart Gnome if not the computer just to make sure that makes no difference. – terdon Sep 29 '13 at 15:01

I think this is the same subtle issue I stumbled over for a while... Look at the dconf(7) man page carefully.

You're trying to set DCONF_PROFILE to a directory, not to a file. Really, this isn't necessary, since effectively DCONF_PROFILE defaults to user, so just name the file /etc/dconf/profile/user to ensure it gets read:

 # cat /etc/dconf/profile/user 

As long as dconf update does generate a /etc/dconf/db/local file (from whatever is in /etc/dconf/db/local.d/), then this should all take effect.

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