how to tell thunar never to increase space between icons?

Bruno Dantas xfce at
Tue Mar 14 20:25:20 CET 2017

Markus at thunar-dev kindly provided me with a patch (thunar_fixed_width_final.patch) that solved the problem. The patch is available here: (link to the patch is at the bottom--it says attachment-0002.bin but it is actually a diff patch, not a binary).

Even though his patch was for thunar 1.6.10, it worked just fine for my older thunar 1.6.3-2.

After installing the patched thunar, I needed to run this command to activate the desired behavior:
$ xfconf-query --channel thunar --property /misc-fixed-item-width --create --type bool --set true

Xfce4 developers, please include this beautiful patch in the next version of thunar if possible.

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