I’ve been using f-spot since it showed up in Ubuntu/Breezy and have been keeping all my photos in a directory structure like this:
But sometimes I’ve forgotten to unclick the “Copy file to the Photos folder” box in the photos import dialog and end up with photos under ~/Photos/. Recently I checked and found there were almost a gigabytes worth of photos under there.
So this is what I did to move them to under /PHOTOS/Photos/ and keep all the tags and metadata correct.
- Back up /home and /PHOTOS to an external USB. I love rsnapshot.
$ rsnapshot daily
- make an extra backup of the f-spot database
$ cp ~/.gnome2/f-spot/photos.db photos-backup.db
- Start poking around the f-spot database and updating it.
$ sqlite3 ~/.gnome2/f-spot/photos.db
sqlite> .schema photos
CREATE TABLE photos ( id INTEGER PRIMARY KEY NOT NULL,
time INTEGER NOT NULL,
directory_path STRING NOT NULL,
name STRING NOT NULL,
description TEXT NOT NULL,
default_version_id INTEGER NOT NULL
- See how many photos are in ~/Photos…
sqlite> select count(*) from photos where directory_path like '/home/marc/Photos/%';
- Take a look at a few of them to see the path names…
sqlite> select directory_path from photos where directory_path like '/home/marc/Photos/%' limit 0,10;
- Update the pathname to my prefered one. I’ve added an ‘a’ to the end just so I won’t overwrite an existing directory.
sqlite> update photos set directory_path = "/PHOTOS/Photos/2006.06.22a" where directory_path = "/home/marc/Photos/2006/6/22";
- Make the directory and move the files to the new location…
mv -v /home/marc/Photos/2006/6/22/HPIM117* /PHOTOS/Photos/2006.06.22a
Repeat for each directory. I did it all within emacs’ shell so cut-n-paste made it a snap.