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suChris 11-07-2010 07:02 PM

Are thumbnails saved somewhere?
I use Slackware 13.1 and browsing with Firefox.

When I browse a site, and there are some image thumbnails which I don't open, are these "un-clicked" thumbnails saved somewhere in my computer after I shut down my system?

Also, even if I actually click a thumbnail to view the image full-size, is this image saved somewhere (like a temp or something) after I turn off my laptop?


paulsm4 11-07-2010 07:21 PM

Hi -

On Windows, thumbnails are stored in a little, COM/ActiveX-based embedded database called "thumbs.db":

Gnome and KDE desktops have their own (much simpler!) methods for managing thumbnails.

But in your case - there's absolutely nothing "magic" about a thumbnail. It's just an image file (.png, .jpg, .png - whatever) that's downloaded, displayed, and saved in the Firefox cache like any other image file:



The some-id-no differs from user to user. For eg. on my a/c on my linux box, it is qknpyb7a now.

If I reinstall firefox, or I create a new profile, another id will be generated, etc.

On your system, the id may be something else.

I've heard that cache might be encrypted. I don't know whether or not that's true. If so, check out this link:

John VV 11-07-2010 08:26 PM

in firefox they are in the firefox cache
~/.mozilla/( some Random Number).default/Cache
unless you set FF to clear it on shutting down

the same place it has been for a very long time

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