[Digikam-users] Problem importing pick labels

Gilles Caulier caulier.gilles at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 07:32:36 BST 2015

Reproducible too here.

Please report the problem to KDE bugzilla with links to JPG + XMP
files (5Mb is too big as attachement to bugzilla).


Thanks in advance

Gilles Caulier

2015-04-14 18:59 GMT+02:00  <b-misc at gmx.ch>:
> I've already tested it with several photos, the problem seems to be
> absolutely reproducible.
> Library versions:
> libkexiv2: 2.3.2
> Exiv2: 0.24
> The problem shows also up if I change the pick label entry in the xmp
> sidecar file manually with a text editor, digikam doesn't notice the
> change, but if I change it in digikam, the xmp is changed.
> More details about my workflow (might also be interesting for others
> reading this thread):
> I run a main machine at home and a laptop, both setup with Debian
> Testing/Jessie. My main machine holds my central photo archive (and is
> backed up regularly). Digikam is configured to read and write from/to
> xmp sidecar files only (also very useful for the backups because the
> large image files do never change).
> a)
> After a weekend taking photos, I import them on my main machine. Maybe I
> already start with ratings, tags, comments, ... If I want to delete
> photos, I do that right away.
> b)
> If I know that I'll have some time e.g. during a trip by train, I copy
> one or more folders to my laptop. Then I change ratings or pick labels
> (red: photo should be deleted later, yellow: needs some editing), add
> comments, ... To sync that work back later, I just copy the xmp sidecar
> files back and force digikam to update its internal database. I don't
> need a more sophisticated two-way synchronization and this happens only
> a few times a year.
> c)
> To avoid coming back from holidays with several thousands of photos,
> maybe many of them not worth keeping them for longer, I started to take
> my laptop with me and try to apply a first quick & dirty triage (also
> using ratings and pick labels (red for delete, really useful!)). Back
> home I import all photos directly from my camera onto my main machine
> and also copy all xmp sidecar files from the laptop to it.
> For me this workflow has proven to be very useful and simple and I can
> recommend it to others with the same problem.
> On Monday 13 April 2015 19.00:56 Gilles Caulier wrote:
>> Q :
>> How are stored Pick Label in XMP sidecar ? Can you provide a JPG+XMP
>> file samples to test here ?
>> Which libkexiv2 and Exiv2 shared libraries you use ? Go to
>> Help/Components info for details.
>> Gilles Caulier
>> 2015-04-13 18:51 GMT+02:00  <b-misc at gmx.ch>:
>> > Hi list,
>> >
>> > My setup: my photo collection is stored on my main machine, digikam is
>> > configured to store all metadata only in xmp sidecar files. In order to be
>> > able to work on parts of it also en route I copy certain folders to my
>> > laptop, modify ratings and pick labels there and re-sync the xmp files
>> > afterwards. Then I select Reread Metadata From Image for the related
>> > pictures.
>> >
>> > I remember that this setup/workflow worked for quite a while, but now it
>> > seems broken, ratings are well synchronized, but pick labels are not. Is
>> > there anything I do wrong, have there been changes to the metadata
>> > handling?
>> >
>> > (If I modify the pick label in digikam, it is instantaneously changed in
>> > the xmp file; if I change it in the xmp file and click on Reread
>> > Metadata... It doesn't change in digikam.)
>> >
>> > I'm running digikam 4.4 on Debian Testing/Jessie.
>> >
>> > Thanks for your help & best regards!
>> >
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