[digiKam-users] Catalog in Place?

Jeff Arnold gediam at gmail.com
Sun Sep 30 01:17:14 BST 2018

I'm playing with digiKam for Windows (I know, I know) and have a CIFS share
mounted as a drive letter.  I'm wanting to "import" or "ingest" the photos
on that share "in place":  I want thumbnails built locally and I want the
metadata in the local DB, but I do NOT want the original files copied to my
laptop, as the share contains about 8TB of images and videos going back to

It seems the way to accomplish this is by adding the CIFS share as new
catalogue on network share or as removable media - but when I do that, I
can see that files from the share are being copied down.

Is that so that digiKam can read the files and generate thumbnails?  Are
the copies ephemeral?

If this isn't the correct approach, what is?

Thanks in advance,

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