[Digikam-users] Re: Albums on USB and the database

Graham Dicker graham.dicker at antecor.com
Thu Dec 23 16:45:10 GMT 2010

On Thursday 23 December 2010 13:57:23 Marcel Wiesweg wrote:
> > Along the lines of what Bartek said, I notice that in the settings the
> > photo dir can be selected as external media or not. Is it likely that
> > this setting is what is supposed to prevent your situation?

I wasn't aware of the removable drive option when I first installed digikam 
and now I cannot find an option for changing it from Local to Removable. But 
it may not work on my version anyway because if I create a collection (call it 
Abcdef) using the removable media button then when I next go into settings the 
Abcdef collection is  listed under Local collections and captions still 
disappear if I run digikam with the Abcdef drive removed.

> >
> > I also keep the db on the usb drive, but I have been thinking of moving
> > it to the main drive along with one working album for 'sorting'.
> > JDR

I have a temporary work-around at the moment which is to turn off "Scan for 
new item at startup" but I would be happy to move the database to the 
removable drive if by doing so I retain the captions. 

> Normally, there is no difference on which buttons you click because it's
> possible to auto-detect if a drive is removable or not (currently not
> possible for network shares, so that button make a difference).
> Please note that the original poster is running a very old version, so I
> cannot say anything about that case.

Could I upgrade while still keeping the same OS version (SUSE 11.1)? 

> It is possible that the collection is
> referenced by mount path instead of partition UUID, in which case the
> pictures would be seen as removed when the harddisk is missing.

Yes it is referenced by mount path

> But even
> then, the database entries are not deleted immediately, if you replug soon
> and start digikam again, they will be recognized. Best way is probably to
> add a "removable" collection now and copy the files from within digikam.

See comment above re adding removable collections not working.

> Of
> course, there were bugs in the past and there'll still be problems in some
> situations (Windows? Mac? cross-platform network share)

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