[Digikam-users] Metadata

Elle Stone l.elle.stone at gmail.com
Sun Jun 30 00:31:46 BST 2013

On 6/29/13, Boudewijn <wankelwankel at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Is Anders' goal reachable by turning off writing meta data to file while
> actively tagging photos, then turn it on and sync the database to the files?
> I
> have not yet dared to try it out, fearing to lose tags in the process.
> What I had in mind is:
> - write metadata to database only (leave the files as they are)
> - when I'm done, tick "write meta data to file"
> - chose the option to sync the database
> - walk away from my computer
> The advantages seem to me:
> - I can work on tags without being interrupted
> - writing of tags might be more efficient, because each file (might) only
> need
> to be opened once (instead of for each tag I assign in a row)
> - the actual writing of the tags is done at a time that I'm not waiting for

I'm not sure exactly what Ander's goals are, but you just described
exactly what I do when I'm tagging. I go to the
settings/configure/metadata panel and *un*check write to the image, or
sidecar in my case. Then I tag. The tags are only written to the
database. When I'm done tagging I re-enable writing to the sidecar
files (the image files are all read-only) and sync the sidecars with
the database. It's cumbersome and I wish there was an option to make
it happen automatically, just as you described, so there was just one
"sync now" button to push instead of disabling/re-enabling writing to
the files.


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