[Digikam-users] Metadata of photos when moving between collections

Wolfgang Mader Wolfgang_Mader at brain-frog.de
Mon Sep 23 17:25:57 BST 2013

On Monday 23 September 2013 17:16:02 Andrew Goodbody wrote:
> On 18/09/13 19:32, Wolfgang Mader wrote:
> > Using the collection and database from an additional Digikam installation:
> > Now I configured a second client with a Digikam installation also using
> > the
> > same shared folder and the mysql Database on the server. The photos showed
> > up immediately, but the metadata again were missing. I had to re-read
> > them from files and sidecars.
> > And here is the question: Why do I have to re-read the metadata? It is
> > present in the database which is configured in Digikam but Digikam does
> > not use this information.
> > 
> > Thank you for reading this lengthily post.
> > 
> > Best,
> > Wolfgang
> Digikam stores the path to the root of the collection in the database.
> If this is a local HDD then it can include the UID in this information.
> I am not sure quite what happens with a shared drive but I suspect that
> your two installations of digikam are seeing different roots to the
> collection. Making the path look the same to each system may not be
> enough to convince digikam to treat them the same.
> To work around issues such as this it is possible to do a database edit
> to add multiple roots to the collection but there is no UI to do this at
> the moment AFAIK.
> For what it's worth, I think that having the root path to the collection
> in the database is a mistake. This information should live in the
> digikamrc file and make sharing collections between systems easier. It
> is a machine dependant configuration not an attribute of the photos.

Thank you for your explanation. This would imply that at the moment it is not 
possible to share the same images among different digikam installations, even 
if images and database is network-reachable, right?


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