Missing thumnails on OpenDocument files - add libgsf-bin to default install?

Bug #387696 reported by bitsteller
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Bug Description

By default Ubuntu/Nautilus show thumbnails for pictures, videos and even PDF files. On OpenDocument-files it only shows the Filetype-Icon, which is not very useful.

So why not integrate a thumbnailer for OpenDocument-Files like text documents or spreadsheets?

I am using the python script from here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=76566&page=3 for some years and it just worked perfectly all the time (it is not expensive, because the thumbnail is already included in the OpenDocument-file by OpenOffice).
This is very useful to get a faster overview of a folder and it would be nice, if you don't have to install it manually on a new Ubuntu every time.

Martin Albisetti (beuno)
tags: removed: onehundredpapercuts opendocument thumnails
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status: New → Confirmed
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David Siegel (djsiegel-deactivatedaccount) wrote :

This is not simply a matter of enabling a latent but inactive feature in Nautilus, but there is existing python code (link is in the description) that could possibly be made an extension to Nautilus, or else ported as a simple patch. This would improve usability nicely, and if it turns out to be easy to fix, would be a good paper cut.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
milestone: none → round-9
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Chris Cheney (ccheney) wrote :

There is already a package in the archive ooo-thumbnailer that just needs to be polished up and made part of the default install.

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Chris Cheney (ccheney) wrote :

Note that it was thought that python was too heavy-weight to be used for thumbnailing so the package was converted to a shell script. There is of course still room for improvement and whoever wants to tackle this bug feel free to make changes however you wish. The ooo-thumbnailer package also originated from the Ubuntu Forums.

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Matthew Wardrop (mister.wardrop) wrote :

Surely this is entirely a non-issue... Since simply installing libgsf-gnome automatically provides thumbnails of ODF, and M$ documents....

Just install libgsf-gnome by default?

Kind Regards,
Matthew

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Chris Cheney (ccheney) wrote :

Ah, I didn't know about libgsf-gnome, that sounds like it would be useful since it does both.

Chris

summary: - Missing thumnails on OpenDocument files
+ Missing thumnails on OpenDocument files - add libgsf-gnome to default
+ install?
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Matthew Wardrop (mister.wardrop) wrote : Re: Missing thumnails on OpenDocument files - add libgsf-gnome to default install?

I wanted the same feature some time ago, and after extensive searching; this came up. I am surprised it is not more widely publicised. ^^. (So your lack of awareness is not to your discredit.)

Take care,
Matthew

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sidney_v (opensyd-deactivatedaccount) wrote :

Another solution to generate OpenDocument's thumbnails seems to be to install these 2 packages libgsf-bin imagemagick and to restart user's session...

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bitsteller (bitsteller) wrote :

I didn't know about libgsf either. It's great to hear that it seems to be as easy as including a package.

If it causes no new problems, it would be great to see this in the default install.

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ktulu77 (ktulu-highwaytoacdc) wrote :

I also use libgsf with debian lenny and ubuntu jaunty to have open document previews and m$ office previews, and it works pretty well.

Could we add this package by default ? We just need the package libgsf-bin. Its compressed size is 71,8kB in the jaunty repository and all its dependencies are already installed by default.

Andrew (and471)
Changed in ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Andrew (and471)
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: In Progress → Confirmed
Andrew (and471)
summary: - Missing thumnails on OpenDocument files - add libgsf-gnome to default
+ Missing thumnails on OpenDocument files - add libgsf-bin to default
install?
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®om (rom1v) wrote :

It is not yet installed by default in karmic beta :(

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Jan Girlich (vollkorn) wrote :

I just installed libgsf-bin and noticed that nautilus now shows thumbnails for *text* documents. But spreadsheets like *.xls and *.ods are not covered by this.
I'd say better textfiles than no files, but just textfiles would not close this bug for me, so I think it's not sufficient to make libgsf-bin a default package.

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David Siegel (djsiegel-deactivatedaccount) wrote :

Not a paper cut, as it involves adding a package to the default install.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
milestone: round-9 → none
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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Matthew Wardrop (mister.wardrop) wrote :

Really? I thought this WAS a small niggling little feature that takes almost zero effort to fix (adding a tiny package to the default install), but has very real user interface improvement. Ah well.

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