[digiKam-users] How to know if sidecar is being used?

Marc Palaus marcpalaus at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 3 20:00:11 GMT 2021


I don't know if there's any way of knowing which photos are using 
sidecar files in Digikam. I personally activate the option to "Read from 
sidecar files" and "Write to sidecar files" but only fore read-only 
items. Basically, I only want to use sidecars for writing XMP metadata 
for video files, not pictures.

However, sometimes because I set some incorrect permissions in some 
files and they are read-only, digikam writes sidecars for those pictures 
too. The problem comes when you want to edit those pictures metadata 
once they are writable again. Digikam writes the changes to the picture 
(since they're not read-only anymore), but metadata is read from the 
sidecar, which has been left untouched, so for digikam's database it's 
as if nothing happened, and can be a bit confusing.

Is there any way to see if a sidecar is present in digikam's interface?

(I could open a bug report if this is something that could be worth 
considering, I just wanted to ask first.)

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