[Digikam-users] clear deprecated file entries from database

Remco Viƫtor remco.vietor at wanadoo.fr
Mon Aug 11 17:55:31 BST 2014

On Monday 11 August 2014 18:18:07 Sebastian Straub wrote:
> Hi there,
> I'm quite new to digiKam, but this one is bugging me and I couldn't
> find an answer in the archives...
> Sometimes I have to make changes to files that are indexed by digiKam,
> using a regular file browser. On next start, digiKam recognizes these
> changes, scans new folders and removes nonexisting images and folders
> from the album view.
> But it seems like the actual database entries are not touched in this
> process. When there were face tags attached to the deleted images,
> they are still visible in the people-browser, including all their
> metadata, but with an empty thumbnail, linking to a blank picture.
> Even worse, the deleted images break the tag browser (at least in the
> Tumbnail-View), as some of the deleted images do disappear, but they
> still leave some blank space. There are more images after that (I can
> see the title of the next album), but I can't scroll down (there is no
> scrollbar).
> So, is there a way to remove deprecated entries from the database,
> sync the database entries with the file system? I expected to find a
> function like that under tools -> maintenance, but "scan for new
> items" or "sync metadata and database" didn't change the situation.
> I really don't want to rebuild the entire database each time I change
> something from outside digiKam; some help would be greatly appreciated!
> best regards
> Sebastian
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Not quite exactly what you ask for, but it might do the trick:
(NOTE: do teh folowing while digikam is NOT running)

First, check the database integrity:

# sqlite3 -line digikam4.db 'pragma integrity\_check;'

# sqlite3 -line thumbnails-digikam.db 'pragma integrity\_check;'

This should pass w/o errors.


After that, the databases can be optimised/compacted with

# sqlite3 -line digikam4.db 'vacuum;'

# sqlite3 -line thumbnails-digikam.db 'vacuum;'


This should remove the deleted entries, and it should be followed by 
another integrity check.

And of course the DBs should be backed up beforehand.

Hope this helps,


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