Trying to build digikam, fails on Exiv2

gene heskett gheskett at
Thu Oct 27 18:54:06 BST 2011

Greetings all;

I'm running pclos-2011, up to date as of an hour ago,  but every time I try 
to run digikam (it is 1.9.something from the pclos repos) I find new 
breakage, today it lost all the albums, which I always thought was a 
solution looking for a problem.  But obviously, with no albums recognized, 
it cannot import from my camera.

I finally did get dolphin to download the images I wanted, (a first for 
dolphin, it actually worked, but then I'm an old mc fan) and put them where 
I wanted, so I did get the prints for a nominally $50,000 tv transmitter 
move onto paper eventually by way of gimp and gutenprint.

Then I checked, downloaded the digikam 2.2.something git repo, followed 
instructions and tried to issue the cmake version of autoconfig.  It 
toddles along, finding stuff up to Exiv2, version .21 it needs but I have 
version .20.  This is rapidly descending into dependency hell, since I have 
already pulled in, with synaptic, about 120 *-devel files to get this far.

I would rather not descend into this so far I might as well install one the 
build it all from scratch distributions like gentoo.

What, if anything, can I do about this error:
-- Congratulations! All external packages have been found.

-- Starting CMake configuration for: libkipi
-- Starting CMake configuration for: libkexiv2
-- Could NOT find Exiv2:  Found version "0.20.0", but required is at least 
"0.21" (found /usr/lib/

-- The following REQUIRED packages could NOT be located on your system.
-- You must install these packages before continuing.
   * Exiv2 (0.21 or higher)  <>
     Required to build libkexiv2.

And of course it bails out.

The suse version on rpmfind needs a bunch of kde-4.7.2 stuff and I still 
have 4.6.5 IIRC.  And they have no builds between 1.9.0 and 2.2.0.

Thanks for any help, or maybe a pointer to some other Just Works(TM) 
substitute for digikam.

Cheers, Gene
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