[Digikam-users] How to remove "left behind" tag tree

Elle Stone l.elle.stone at gmail.com
Fri Oct 26 18:03:57 BST 2012

I submitted a bug report on the problem of not being able to
synchronize the sidecar files with the database:

I'm hoping there is a quick, easy solution, because it's a blocker for me, also.


On 10/25/12, Jan Köster <koester_jan at gmx.net> wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, den 25.10.2012, 16:19 -0400 schrieb Elle Stone:
>> digiKam can create XMP sidecar files. It can add tags to XMP sidecar
>> files. But apparently it can't remove tags from XMP sidecar files.
>> Possibly it can't even read the XMP sidecar files that it created in
>> the first place. Therefore XMP sidecar files can't be kept in synch
>> with the database. Which makes the XMP sidecar files essentially
>> useless - might as well not waste the time and CPU cycles writing tags
>> at all if the tags can't be kept in synch with the database. Or so it
>> seems to me.
> I've had similiar experiences when trying to use the same tag structure
> in different programs. I had thought that if the tags are stored in the
> xmp sidecar files it would be easy to have tag trees synchronized over
> different porgramms, computers or even OS.  So I intuitively also
> believed that data stored in sidecar files are synchronized to data
> stored in tha database and vice versa. Be it automatically or on demand.
> However this does not work (for me at least, might be I'm doing
> something wrong). Not even with between two installations of digikam.
> DK is one of the mightiest image management tool. And I really like it a
> lot. But this issue is really a blocker for me.
> It would be great to know if this is a problem of philosophy or of
> technology. IE is the behaviour intended to be like this (and will not
> change) or are there technical limitations, problems, etc keeping DK
> from synchronizing metadata between sidecar files and database?
> Jan
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