No thumbnail preview of fonts in Nautilus!!

Chris Mohler cr33dog at
Fri Jan 9 17:14:59 UTC 2009

On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 10:11 AM, Marius Gedminas <marius at> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:58:50AM +0530, Santanu Chatterjee wrote:
>> In Ubuntu 8.10, there is no thumbnail preview of fonts in Nautilus any more.
>> Even clicking on a ttf (or any other font for that matter) tells me that no
>> application is available for handling this type of file!!
>> I found fontypython to view font file, but it has its own problems (like
>> frequent crashes, no way to right click on a file and copy it to ~/.fonts,
>> etc.)
>> I did find in an online discussion somewhere that gnome-font-view is
>> deprecated upstream. But if that is the case, then I assume it has
>> been deprecated bacause some better alternative is available. But
>> I could not find it yet.
> AFAIK there's no alternative; gnome-font-view was deprecated during the
> rewrite from gnome-vfs to gvfs, and the thumbnailer got dropped by
> accident.

I have found no alternative and AFAIK no one at Gnome finds this
important - so no one is working on it.  Haven't checked in a few
months though.

Back then I was actually hacking on fontypython to make a "lite"
version - just to preview a font.  I got about hlafway there before
other things came up.  It would be great if someone stepped up and
wrote a quick font previewer (with customizable preview text).  Then
again, no one seems to complain on the list (very often anyway) so
maybe it's not important to most people...


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