Feature #8729

import new pictures

Added by Edgar Scholz over 7 years ago.

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I would like dt to search on starting automaticaly for new pictures and import them. To reach this, an entry in the preferences would be necessary, where I can tell dt the location of my picture folders (like digicam does).



#1 Updated by Simon Spannagel over 7 years ago

Hi Edgar,

I'm sorry but wo won't include something like this in the near future, most probably not at all. The reason is quite simple: it slows your application down a lot to always search through the filesystem for possible changes.

Even Shotwell (which is a "handy, clicky" photo organizer discussed quite some time before they agreed on implementing this.

I leave this open for some time, maybe somebody else wants to contribute something here.

#2 Updated by Richard Wonka over 7 years ago

I do use this feature in shotwell, but only because I change things with darktable. It slows shotwell down quite a bit. I don't think this is a feature that fits into darktable's functionality.

#3 Updated by Edgar Scholz over 7 years ago

Thanks for information.

I´ll implement that feature for my needs writing a short bash-script (I cannot code in C). I´ll let you know the time-consumption on sturtup :)


#4 Updated by Edgar Scholz over 7 years ago

I found a way for automatically importing new pictures on starting darktable with almost no time loss. And the best of all: dt is already doing this :)

Basic settings:

First of all I disable indexing, because this stuff only needs time for working and I don´t need it.
Second I set the preferences of dt to import folders recursively.
Third I shut down dt to store the changed preferences.


I start dt from a terminal with my picture folder: darktable $HOME/Bilder/Rohbilder
Now all new pictures in the sub- and the sub-subfolders are imported recursively and registered in library.db. I had a look into library.db and all seams to be OK.
Now I can exclude the pictures, I have marked as seen or changed before (I use colortags for this).
And what I see now, are all the new pictures.
I love darktable :)

One remark

If I try to import recursively from GUI, this also goes fine, but it cost a bunch of time, no plan why.

I think, this feature request can be marked as done. Thank You


#5 Updated by Simon Spannagel over 7 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Fixed

nice to hear :)

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