[Digikam-devel] [digikam] [Bug 230060] Delete Album is an absolutely terrifying procedure

Andrew Goodbody elfringham at gmail.com
Sat Nov 30 21:55:42 GMT 2013

On 30/11/13 20:05, Kelsey Bjarnason wrote:
> Kinda my point.  If digikam is a file manager, then it is lying about
> its purpose in life.  If it is a tool for cataloguing images, then
> deleting the descriptive data - tags, albums and the like - should be
> nondestructive.  Indeed, the data is in a database; the logic being
> espoused here is that dropping a table in a database should have
> catastrophic effects on objects not contained within the database, and
> somehow this is deemed a sensible thing.
> I don't get it, and until digikam learns the difference between object
> and description, it can't be trusted nit to make other, equally bizarre
> associations which are also massively destructive.  It simply cannot be
> trusted.

You are projecting your expectations onto digiKam and complaining when 
it does not meet those expectations. An album in digiKam is not 
descriptive data it is the actual directory and files.

digiKam manages both the actual files and the metadata. It does not lie 
about its purpose in life. "Manage your photographs as a professional 
with the power of open source" does not seem to me to have anything that 
is not true in it.

You can trust digiKam (as much as any other large piece of software ie 
take backups regularly) but you must take the time to understand how it 
actually works rather than how you would like it to work or how you 
assume it works based on how other programs work. When it says it will 
delete files you can trust it to actually delete those files.


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