[Digikam-users] Shared collection

Remco Viëtor remco.vietor at wanadoo.fr
Sat Jun 5 18:26:23 CEST 2010

on Saturday 05 June 2010, Martin (KDE) wrote: 
> Am Samstag, 5. Juni 2010 schrieb Emmanuel Lacour:
> > Dear digikam users,
> > 
> > Does anyone knows if there is a way to configure digikam and
> > collections so two users on the same computer can have their own
> > collections, and a common one?
> Yes, for sure. 
> Create as many collections as you want for your own and add one let 
> say in the folder /family/photo. Set permissions of this folder that 
> all users of a given group can access this folder (for unix/linux: 
> "chgrp family /family/photo" and perimission "chmod 2775 
> /family/photo" - this assumes that the group family already exists - 
> and set umask of all users to 0002).
> In the given folder all members of the family group have access to the 
> files. The users have to add the collection to their digikam of 
> course.

Does that mean there is one database per collection, on one database per user?
If the latter, several things could happen:
- the databases for each user get out of sync (not too much of a problem 
probably if you rescans collections at start-up
- if you write tags etc. to the image files, one user can easily overwrite the 
items set by the other user, who would then have information in his database 
that is different from the actual information in the files.

So, indeed having a shared photo collection in itself is easy, whether Digikam 
can handle is correctly I'm not sure.

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