Should "Delete recent history" in Privacy settings also delete thumbnails?

Jo-Erlend Schinstad joerlend.schinstad at
Sun Jan 19 13:10:15 UTC 2014

On 19 January 2014 11:33, Adam Dingle <adam at> wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 1:29 AM, Jo-Erlend Schinstad <
> joerlend.schinstad at> wrote:
> In the Privacy settings, you can choose not to store things you do in
> Zeitgeist or you can delete entries based on time, such as delete all
> entries from the last hour. However, this does not delete associated
> thumbnails.
> Would it make sense that if you've chosen not to log a specific directory,
> then thumbnails also aren't saved to ~/.cache/thumbnails/ and if you delete
> past history, then the thumbnails for those files are also deleted from the
> cache?
> Yes, I think that makes sense and I agree that users would probably assume
> that this is the case already.  Someone else has noticed this in comment 10
> at this bug:
> adam

That's interesting. Thanks for the reference. I'm not entirely sure
libgnomeui and eog are the right packages for this bug though. I'd rather
connect it to thumbnailers such as totem-thumbnailer, Unity Control Center
and possibly Zeitgeist. After all, this might be a useful feature in most
cases where Zeitgeist is used for this.

In any case, it seems obvious to me that the thumbnailer (totem-thumbnailer
in our case) should be connected to this bug. Because if you don't want
thumbnails for a specific directory, then you certainly want to first
create them and then delete. Perhaps you might want the thumbnailer to
create the thumbnails in the specified directory and then create links for
them in ~/.cache/thumbnails/? It probably wouldn't solve the problem
entirely, but it would certainly be a step in the right direction.

Perhaps at a later time, folder encryption could be added, which would be
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