Re: importing directories

I know Muine used to support Inotify for the same propose, I'm not
sure if it still does it since Inotify changed it's API a few months


On 12/9/05, Martijn Vermaat <mvermaat cs vu nl> wrote:
> > > I think the difficulty here stems from the fact that "import" is an
> > > ambiguous term which can be used for two very distinct types of user
> > > interactions:
> > > 1) Copying files from removable media onto the local machine.
> > > 2) Asking f-spot to catalog a directory that already exists on the local
> > > machine.
> > >
> > > These are both necessary features, but have very different effects.  My
> > > suggestion would be to stop using the term "import" completely, and
> > > instead create two dialogs:
> >
> > I think this is a good idea.
> I agree and I think Larry said as much that the plan was to
> separate this functionality in the future.
> > > The second would be called "Directories to monitor...".  This would be a
> > > dialog that contains a user-configurable list of paths (~/Photos by
> > > default) where f-spot should automatically look for new files and import
> > > them into the user interface without requiring user intervention.  It
> > > might also contain a list of "exclude" paths.  This is in the same
> > > spirit as the Picasa interface, which I think is very good.
> >
> > When will f-spot search these directories? When the dialog is accepted,
> > when f-spot starts or all the time?
> I think it would be worth the trouble to automatically update
> the database if anything is changed in the directory while f-spot
> is running (using something like inotify). And changes would be
> detected on startup too of course.
> Whether or not the directories are scanned when the dialog is
> accepted is something I'm not sure about. In any case, the UI
> should reflect what f-spot will do.
> It might also be a good idea to look at how other applications
> handle things like this. For example, many music players do the
> same thing: Rhythmbox does automatic updates using inotify or
> something similar (or will do soon if I'm not mistaken).
> Other features in music players can be useful to have a look at.
> Quod Libet for example has some interesting features for mass
> editing of tags and f-spot is at the moment discussing a number
> of ways to edit meta data.
> --
> Martijn Vermaat
> Student Computer Science
> Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam         mvermaat cs vu nl
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Yo'av Moshe

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