[digiKam-users] trouble on a macbook pro

Jim Dory james at dorydesign.com
Wed Aug 26 19:06:48 BST 2020

On Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 2:47 AM Remco Viëtor <remco.vietor at wanadoo.fr>

> On mercredi 26 août 2020 11:54:26 CEST Jim Dory wrote:
> > My wife recently installed digikam 7.0 on her laptop. She just had a
> crash,
> > and lost her albums view in the program when she opened Digikam. The
> photos
> > exist on a Network Attached Storage NAS device, and the NAS was
> > disconnected by the crash when she opened Digikam to a blank screen.
> >
> > So it is now rescanning in her albums, which is taking a long time since
> > there are thousands of photos. I'm wondering how to prevent this from
> > happening again, if possible. She isn't sure if Digikam caused the crash
> or
> > something else. Would she be better off with the appimage? Her database
> is
> > stored on her local laptop drive.
> >
> It's possible that the NAS appears as a different device after a reconnect.
> That means Digikam won't recognise it, and the associated file paths. That
> means it'll have to rescan the collection.
> This *might* be caused by a change in IP address for the NAS. Most home
> routers use DHCP, with which IP addresses are attributed by the router (as
> DHCP host). Normall, the attributed IP address can/will change at every
> connection, but you can tell the router to use a fixed address for a given
> address. MAC (nothing to do with Apple) are unique to each network card
> (at
> least in theory), and thus, in practice, for each device. Perhaps useful
> to do
> this for any server on your network (like a NAS, or a network printer).
Thanks Remco,

The NAS has a static IP address. I run linux on my computer and have the
NAS shares mapped in my fstab file, and my computer has a static IP
address. I'm also hardwired into a switch. However she uses WiFi and
probably her computer is on DHCP. I could give her a static one I think,
but maybe that isn't the problem. When she opened up Digikam, with no
albums showing, under the Preferences (settings for Mac), it did show the
file path to her albums but it is set on a "local drive". When she tried to
set it on the "networked drives" path (in trying to get her albums to
reappear), it said the path was already in use. Perhaps I should have her
remove the "local drive" path and re-map to the "network shares".
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