I would like to suggest there be a different method to initialise the Gallery file previews.
I have a few thousand images spread across a few hundred directories, and it’s impossible to wait so long for Gallery to initialise the previews each time I wish to go into the files. I’ve tried to wait overnight for the “spinning wheel” to stop so I can actually go into the directories, but even that doesn’t work… the spinning wheel doesn’t stop. I did create a small test directory at the top of the file tree with only a few images, and Gallery works fine. But for a deep directory list, it either hangs or is impossibly slow.
This limitation (large image collections will take a long time to load) was mentioned in the documentation, so I am not reporting a “bug”, but rather a request for improved features in future releases.
Thus, I suggest one or more changes (or perhaps make them options) in Gallery to improve handing of large image collections:
– prevent preview images for directories; allow only for the images themselves
– allow “on demand” initialising of a directory; that is, only create previews for the current directory and do not descend further to create previews until the next directory is clicked
– improve the caching so that previews are not newly initialised each time the file list is accessed
– suggest alternative php settings to facilitate the handling of many files.
Thanks for any suggestions how to handle this problem.
Nextcloud 10.0.1, Gallery 15.0.0, Ubuntu 16.04.3, mysql 5.0.12, php 7.0.8