use of soft links for collections

Elle Stone ellestone at
Wed Nov 15 16:55:47 GMT 2017

On 11/15/2017 10:55 AM, jdd at wrote:
> Hello,
> I have my collections spread on an usb disk by date, one by year
> This begin to make many collections :-)
> I try to make only one collection with inside links to real collections
> collection
> collection/linkto2017
> collection/linkto2016
> ...
> this don't works, when it works perfectly on the system, for example 
> with dolphin

I'm not sure exactly what you are asking. But currently I have my actual 
image files in a partition on a large drive, and my Linux root and $HOME 
folders on a second, smaller drive. The digiKam database is in 

My "Collections" folders are soft links in the $HOME/digiKam folder to 
the actual folders on the partition on the large drive, which is mounted 
at "/store".

So these are the folder paths where the images are actually located:


And these are the corresponding soft links that digiKam sees as the 
Collections folders:


So far this seems to be working, but I only set it up a couple weeks 
ago. I've been using digiKam to do a lot of dragging and dropping of 
files between various subfolders and also into the "to_be_deleted" 
folder, which I've been periodically reviewing and emptying using Dolphin.

So far nothing seems to have gone wrong. But I'm still a bit leery of 
unknown traps and issues that might surface . . . Anyone with more 
long-term experience with using soft-links as Collections folders?


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