[digiKam-users] Digikam is not finding new items anymore

r bartlett techwritebos at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 17 14:43:02 GMT 2021

 Maik, thank you for this information.  One, I made a version mistake, it's 6.4.0, which is the current "updated" package for my Lubuntu system.  Is it that old?  When will a 7.4.0 package be available for Ubuntu/Lubuntu?  Is that in the works now?

I have no problems upgrading to 7.4.0 if that's going to fix the issue, but want to double check:
1)  If I get 7.4.0 (congratulations, by the way!!  What  a great milestone!), will this also change the "Folder Thumbnail" info and reset it?  Because currently, in my hundreds, possibly thousands, of folders that I have to tag, I use the "Folder Thumbnail" to know if I've already gone through it.  Folders without a thumbnail are ones I still need to get around to doing.  So if I add the new drive or update the collection path or something or just upgrade to 7.4.0 via the AppImage, will that folder thumbnail info be retained?  

2)  If I upgrade to the 7.4.0 AppImage, will I be able to eventually migrate to 7.4.0 as a package when that's available?  I generally prefer to use a package, though maybe there's no reason to.  (Will the AppImage create a toolbar launcher and such?)

3)  If I DON'T want to upgrade and want to stick (for now) with 6.4.0, is there ANY way that I can adjust the path so that Digikam will see my new files again?  For instance, if I replace the old hard drive back in and do something at that point before swapping drives?

Really, the biggest and most important question is how can I do this without Digikam 6.4.0 treating my vast image library as brand new.  Is there data in the images that will tell Digikam, "Oh, yeah, this is already in my system" or will it treat everything once I point it to the new path as a brand new duplicate file and I'll have two identical directories, one frozen because it no longer exists, and one alive, but without lots of info because it's being treated as new (not to mention the hours or days of chugging that will have to happen for it to go through getting this "new" path into the database).  To me, that seems like this all should be preventable, but before I wade in and mess things up trying this or that on my own, I'd love to have someone tell me the correct way to do this.

But photographers do upgrade their storage, so I feel like this can't be impossible or that hard.  How SHOULD a 6.4.0 go about replacing the drive their image files reside on?  I believe I've got my database local, but my images are on a USB external drive.  That's the drive I've upgraded.  But I do have the old one, and swapping it back in wouldn't be impossible if it meant I could then prep 6.4.0 correctly.  

Again, thank you all for helping with this.  

    On Thursday, December 16, 2021, 02:05:01 AM EST, Maik Qualmann <metzpinguin at gmail.com> wrote:  
 Well, digiKam-6.2.0 is really very old. Only in current digiKam versions is it 
possible to change / update the path to a collection. If you have entered the 
collection as a local or removable disk, digiKam also expects the 
corresponding drive UUID, which has also changed after you switched to an 
external drive. You could use our current digiKam-7.4.0 AppImage to update 
your collection path, but you could not go back to your old digiKam version 
because database updates are carried out and these are no longer compatible 
with the old version. 


Am Mittwoch, 15. Dezember 2021, 19:26:04 CET schrieb r bartlett:
> I'm using 6.2.0 on Lubuntu 20.04LTS and have had no problems (Digikam's been
> wonderful, an incredible tool!) but recently Digikam has stopped finding
> new items.  The bar pops up and it has a progress bar for a few seconds,
> but it says finished without seeing numerous additions to my media library
> folder. 
> I believe the problem MAY (just a hunch) be caused by the fact that I
> switched to a new external hard drive, which has a different pathname.  
> I thought making a symlink to that would work, but it didn't.
> I'd like to delete the current Images folder in the Digikam "Settings" but
> am worried that this will then mean when I add the new location it will
> completely redo, which will take days...I don't want it to see these as
> new, different files.  It's the same stuff, just in a different location. 
> Can someone help me with the best way to handle this?
> Thank you!

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