Stretched image previews on desktop

Bug #1868529 reported by Igor Zubarev on 2020-03-23
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

After upgrade to 20.04 desktop previews of pictures and documents became stretched. The regular previews in Nautilus have normal sizes. See attached pic

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 20.04
Package: gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons 19.10.2+git20200223-1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 5.4.0-18.22-generic 5.4.24
Uname: Linux 5.4.0-18-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_modeset nvidia wl
ApportVersion: 2.20.11-0ubuntu21
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Mon Mar 23 11:44:13 2020
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Igor Zubarev (igor.zubarev) wrote :
description: updated
description: updated
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report!

Changed in gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
summary: - Stretched picture or pdf preview icon on desktop
+ Stretched image previews on desktop
Changed in gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged

I'm the developer of desktop icons. I have a patch waiting review that should fix this at

Changed in gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons - 20.04.0-1

gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons (20.04.0-1) unstable; urgency=medium

  * New upstream (bugfix) release
    - Fixed stretched thumbnails (LP: #1868529)
    - Honor the "don't show thumbnails" setting
    - Shows the hand cursor when using "single click" option
    - Clear file selection after a desktop refresh
  * debian/patches: cherry-pick new translations from git

 -- Marco Trevisan (Treviño) <email address hidden> Thu, 16 Apr 2020 09:10:08 +0200

Changed in gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
riu (stanray) wrote :

It is much better with the fix. We don't count margins, so the aspect ratio is still not valid for narrow images.

Line in fileItem.js

let width = Prefs.getDesiredWidth(scaleFactor, 0)

was also erroneous, because margins are not 0 (at least, with default theme).

Here is how the margins are being calculated:

        this._extra_width = themeNode.get_margin(St.Side.LEFT) +
                             themeNode.get_margin(St.Side.RIGHT) +
                             themeNode.get_border_width(St.Side.LEFT) +
                             themeNode.get_border_width(St.Side.RIGHT) +
        this._extra_height = themeNode.get_margin(St.Side.TOP) +
                             themeNode.get_margin(St.Side.BOTTOM) +
                             themeNode.get_border_width(St.Side.TOP) +
                             themeNode.get_border_width(St.Side.BOTTOM) +

(they are used in Prefs.getDesiredWidth and Prefs.getDesiredHeight functions)

Aspect ratio is still not correct for narrow images. To reproduce, create an image that has aspect ratio ~0.5 (e.g. width = 250 and height = 500).

riu (stanray) wrote :
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