[digiKam-users] Need help connecting to an existing SQL DB

Maik Qualmann metzpinguin at gmail.com
Fri Oct 22 06:59:03 BST 2021

Different OS systems, as long as the mountpath of the images collection is 
identical, is easily possible. However, if the mount path is e.g. "/mnt/
pictures" on one computer and "C:\pictures" or "\\SERVER\pictures" on the 
other, it is currently not possible without manual changes to an entry in the 


Am Freitag, 22. Oktober 2021, 04:27:51 CEST schrieb Fred Wilhelm:
> So it is not possible to connect multiple computers to a single MySQL
> database?
> Fred
> From: Maik Qualmann<mailto:metzpinguin at gmail.com>
> Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:38 PM
> To: digiKam - Home Manage your photographs as a professional with the power
> of open source<mailto:digikam-users at kde.org> Subject: Re: [digiKam-users]
> Need help connecting to an existing SQL DB
> Sometimes nobody just doesn't know the answer. I don't know the specifics of
> a Docker installation, nor do I know what a "Guacamole" client is. When I
> google for the word, a dish of Mexican cuisine comes out. Yes, I also found
> it to be an HTML5 web application, but I don't know it. Nobody can know
> everything.
> Usually connecting to a MySQL server is not a big deal. But without some
> debug logs from the terminal we cannot help. In addition, digiKam is not
> really suitable for multi-OS, since the collection base path is different
> between Windows and Linux. There is an undocumented solution for this and I
> plan to make this available in the GUI, but currently it is not possible
> without manual changes to the MySQL DB.
> Maik
> Am Donnerstag, 21. Oktober 2021, 19:57:20 CEST schrieb Fred Wilhelm:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > Am I doing something wrong? I have been asking this question for months
> > now
> > with no response. I’ve asked in tech forums and Reddit groups supposedly
> > dedicated to Digikam. No responses. If my question is too stoopid, please
> > tell me I am a moron but please tell me why. I simply can’t find the
> > answer
> > to this anywhere.
> > 
> > Fred
> > 
> > From: Fred Wilhelm<mailto:siliconfalcon at live.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:00 PM
> > To: digikam-users at kde.org<mailto:digikam-users at kde.org>
> > Subject: [digiKam-users] Need help connecting to an existing SQL DB
> > 
> > Hi Friends,
> > 
> > I have an Unraid server with the Digikam docker installation set to use a
> > MySQL server. Everything is working great and I love the product. Now,
> > however, I would like to install the Windows version of Digikam on my
> > laptop due to functionality issues in the Guacamole client. When I go
> > through the install, I am asked for the database connection info (which
> > connects fine) but, when it completes the install, it creates a new set of
> > empty tables and dumps my current database. I do not want to run the
> > Digikam server from my laptop because I have a cron job running to detect
> > faces as pictures are uploaded to my personal cloud and the Unraid server
> > is always running.
> > 
> > I am looking for the documentation to install Digikam on my Windows 10
> > laptop to use the existing MySQL database on my Unraid server.
> > 
> > 
> > Fred

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