Problems with digiKam 5.1.0

Gilles Caulier caulier.gilles at
Mon Aug 15 21:37:44 BST 2016

2016-08-15 22:30 GMT+02:00 Elle Stone <ellestone at>:

> Hi All,
> I'm running Gentoo Linux and digiKam 5.1.0. I'm having some issues with
> digiKam. Here's the digiKam 5 install information from "About":
> Version 5.1.0
> Using:
> KDE Frameworks 5.23.0
> Qt 5.6.1 (built against 5.6.1)
> The xcb windowing system
> Here are the issues so far:
> A. Despite perhaps 6 hours of steady searching and trialing, I haven't
> persuaded digiKam to show a proper icon in my IceWm system tray. All I see
> is a red X. I did manage to get dolphin, konsole, kruler, and kcalc to
> finally have proper icons (before my marathon search session they all had
> the same "red X" icon), so the search was not in vain. But I'd really like
> to have a proper icon for digiKam. I don't care which icon from which theme
> it is, as long as it's not the red X.

Certainly, The Breeze icon theme is not installed on you system.

> B. I deleted a tag labelled "People". I don't have such a tag in my tag
> tree. It reappeared upon starting digiKam. Tried again, same result.

Yes. It's the rules in database schema about Face Management. There is
already a report about.

> C. I don't use Album categories. I deleted all the album categories and
> they reappeared when I restarted digiKam. Tried again, same result.

This part have not yet checked since a while because is not too much used.

> D. This is the really serious issue: This morning I spend a couple of
> hours rearranging the tag tree, which was considerably in disarray. Then I
> closed and restarted digiKam. A tag tree that I had moved to a new location
> was back at it's original location. Tried again, same result - it just
> won't stay put.
> Did you use Mysql as database ?

> Here's what I want digiKam to do:
> Step 1. Upon adding new files to the database, read the image files *once*
> to get the tags. And then *never* read the image files again.

Do you mean the automatic scan for new item at start up ? There is an
option to disable it on Setup/Misc

> Step 2. Normally only write to the database. Never write to the image
> files and also don't write to XMP sidecar files.

See Setup/Metadata configuration.

> Step 3. Once I've got the tag tree back to where I'd like it to be, I want
> to write all the tags out to XMP sidecar files. Then I'll use exiftool to
> rewrite selected tags (tagslist, hierarchicalsubject, and a few other) back
> to the image files. Then I'll probably delete the existing digikam database
> and and XMP files, and start over with a clean database, hopefully with all
> the tags properly read in as per step 1 above.

Again, Setup/Metadata has the right option for you.

> How do I set digiKam up to do the above? Is this even possible? Because of
> D above, it would seem to require not shutting digiKam down until I've
> completely redone the tag tree?
> Before starting digiKam 5 I removed all the old digiKam/showFoto settings
> files. Upon starting digiKam 5 I made a new sqlite database, and for some
> reason the database name is "digikam4db" - why is this?
> DK 4.x and 5.x use the same database file. The schema is not changed, so
the filename too.

Gilles Caulier

> and thanking you in advance for any help,
> Elle
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