Hello! (and <image> tag/string question)

Fuzzy tuser at fuzzyjazz.com
Thu May 14 01:54:46 BST 2020

Hi Robby! 

Thanks for the quick response!  It sounds like I need to change some settings within the tellico app to store the image files correctly, then I think everything should work itself out.

I’ll also dig through the links you shared.

Thanks again!


From: Robby Stephenson [mailto:robby at periapsis.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:38 PM
To: Fuzzy
Cc: Tellico
Subject: Re: Hello! (and <image> tag/string question)




On Wed, May 13, 2020 at 6:30 PM Fuzzy <tuser at fuzzyjazz.com> wrote:

I just joined the list, so please forgive any breach in protocol.  

First...thanks for Tellico.  I love it.


Thanks! Glad you like it. No protocol here, happy to help anyone who's using Tellico.


The first thing I realized was: Tellico files aren’t SQL database files.  Then I realized they are basically XML files (correct me if I’ve missed any nuance here...I really don’t know what I’m doing).


Yes, they're XML files, usually zipped, though they don't have to be. You can use the Export menu to get them as a .zip file with the images included.


Well, after spending a full 24 hours learning about xml and xsl, I finally was able to successfully port the data I wanted from my tellico.tc file into the format I wanted...all except the “image” data.  (In this case the CD cover is contained within the .tc/xml file as a string?)  I haven’t been able to figure out how to turn that string back into an image (I’m simply trying to have xsl export the image as an url(“background.jpeg”) type of thing into my formatted output.)  xsl correctly grabs the proper “whateverrandomcharacters.jpeg” filename, but I don’t know how to convert the actual image string back into a jpeg.  


Depending on your settings within the app, the images can either be saved within the XML file, as base64 encoded data (which isn't recommended since it makes the files rather large), as image files in the same directory as the .tc file (_files used for the directory name) or in a common directory in the user's folder.  For the latter, the location is likely to be $HOME/.local/share/tellico/data/ and the image filename is what it is in the Tellico file. So just concatenate the file path with the image name.


Depending on your workflow, you can use unzip and xsltproc to automate things. A few past discussions might be helpful:

https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=200 <https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=200&t=137533> &t=137533



Let me know if you have any other questions.




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