[Digikam-users] Filesystem lost images - can digiKam report which ones?

Ben Staude sben1783 at yahoo.de
Tue Sep 4 22:16:47 BST 2012

> > On Sun, Sep 2, 2012 at 8:36 AM, Ben Staude <sben1783 at yahoo.de> wrote:
> > Hi kyle,
> >
> > did you start DigiKam since you lost the images? If yes, do you have a recent
> > backup of its database?
> Backup?  Hah!  You're funny.  :]  Though the fact that I haven't been
> backing up for quite awhile is not so particularly funny.  :[

Well, this might (should?) be the point to think again over whether a backup is worth the effort or not:) I use storeBackup and am really happy with it.

> > One possible route to go would be some perl (or the
> > like) script to "loop through all "Images" entries in digikams database and
> > check if the file exists in the filesystem".
> I was hoping digiKam had such a feature built-in.  I feel like I
> remember it from a few years back, but that's probably just wishful
> thinking.  If I do write such a script I'll be sure to share it here.

Here is some "script" you could start with (use on your own risk, probably deletes all remaining images:) ):

perl -e '@filesystem=split /\n/, `find /path/to/foto-collection -type f`; foreach $name (split /\n/, `sqlite3 /path/to/digikam4.db "select Name from Images;"`) { print "missing: $name\n" unless grep { /\/\Q$name\E$/ } @filesystem }'

This is a simple approach, but might yield some helpful results if you didn't rename or delete a lot of files in the past.


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