[Digikam-devel] Location of thumbnail database

Andi Clemens andi.clemens at gmx.net
Tue Jun 9 22:25:04 BST 2009

Good question...
I would vote for 3+4. My homefolder is becoming so slow because of all the 
millions of files (ext4 doesn't seem to like lot of files in a folder?), even 
applications that don't use .thumbnails are slower now.
I'd like to be able to change to location by myself, so point 4 would be fine.
BUT: how does showFoto know where the thumb db is located?
Do I have to setup this, twice?
Or do we just query the digikam settings?
But if we do, what happens when showFoto was started before the first run of 

I would NOT place it in .thumbnails, because gwenview for example has an 
option to clean up this folder, also there is an KDE app called "sweeper", 
which also deleted the.thumbnails folder, if you want to get rid of some user 

For now, my vote would be 3+4.


On Tuesday 09 June 2009 23:14:10 Marcel Wiesweg wrote:
> Hi,
> regardless of the stored format, there is one more open question about the
> planned thumbnail database that I want to put up for discussion: Where to
> place the database file?
> To summarize the characteristics:
> - It is not tied to a specific digikam database
> - it is not tied to digikam but can also be used by showfoto
> - it can be shared by all users accessing a set of photos (but need not be
> shared)
> Possible storage locations:
> 1) Inside ~/.thumbnail (FD.o spec directory)
> 2) Somewhere in .kde/share/apps (like Amarok's storage)
> 3) Alongside the digikam4.db file initially (but what happens if there are
> multiple dbs?)
> 4) Configurable (no choice here on itself - we still need a good default
> for 97% of users)
> Your viewpoints?
> Marcel
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