Some applications can store Quick Look information (previews and thumbnails) within the file. Others can not.
Two aspects to this question
For a file that is local and without integral Quick Look information:
- where does Lion store that information?
For a file that is remote, on an AFP server (Mac OS X Server (Leopard)/AFP 3.2+ or greater) and without integral Quick Look information:
- does Server store the information remotely?
(An AFP client can cache some information locally, with limitations, but I strongly suspect that there must be a more permanent store.)
Much Quick Look information is stored in the attributes B-tree.
If so, an attributes B-tree in a more modern version of Mac OS X Server may be potentially better (than older versions of Server) for AFP clients where bandwidth is limited.
Please, does anyone have more definite answers?
Reference and other items of interest
Apple Filing Protocol Programming Guide: AFP Client Caching: File Metadata Caching
- I don't know whether Quick Look-related information is classed as metadata for AFP client caching purposes.
Technical Note TN1150: HFS Plus Volume Format: Attributes File, in particular:
IMPORTANT: The exact organization of the attributes B-tree has not been fully designed. Specifically:
- the structure of the keys in the attribute B-tree has not been finalized and is subject to change, and
- addition attribute's file data record types may be defined.
Quick Look Programming Guide: Quick Look Architecture
Quick Look Programming Guide: Saving Previews and Thumbnails in the Document
In Ask Different:
There are various other Quick Look-related questions in Ask Different and Super User but at a glance, none of them answer this question. Examples:
No significant amount of Quick Look-related information in application support or cache areas
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