support custom directory structures for mass storage import dialog

Bug #182858 reported by Martin Pitt on 2008-01-14
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Won't Fix
f-spot (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: f-spot

I keep all my photos sorted in a flat hierarchy, with lovingly named directories that describe the event (e. g. "Wedding Annet and Martin, Aug 2007"), with all the photos for this event prefixed with a number, and an optional name (if I was eager enough to name them).

F-Spot does not understand this structure when importing photos, though, but imposes the weird and deeply nested date-based structure on them, so that it destroys the layout. F-Spot should not try to own my photos, it should merely manage them! Thus the preferences dialog should allow me to select a layout, and the import dialog should have an unintrusive link to the preferences dialog to change the layout before I import photos.

The linked upstream bug has the beginnings of a patch for this.

Related branches

Changed in f-spot:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Changed in f-spot:
status: Unknown → New
Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2008-01-23
Changed in f-spot:
assignee: nobody → pitti
status: Triaged → In Progress
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package f-spot - 0.4.1-4ubuntu3

f-spot (0.4.1-4ubuntu3) hardy; urgency=low

  * Add debian/patches/importer_targetdir_selector.dpatch:
    - Add a target directory selector to the camera import dialog, so that
      people can continue to use their customized directory layout.
    - Forwarded to upstream in Gnome #511569
    - LP: #182858

 -- Martin Pitt <email address hidden> Wed, 23 Jan 2008 15:51:34 +0000

Changed in f-spot:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Changed in f-spot:
status: Unknown → New
Duncan Lithgow (duncan-lithgow) wrote :

Is this bug about importing (reading) files on an existing system, which is where the files are to stay? No file movement?

Has this been marked as fix-released because f-stop does not require me to use their directory structure? Because the problem is still there if I want to copy and import from a camera, that's perhaps what's behind bug #195773 (upstream

Please let me know if I've understood this. Otherwise I need to make a new bug report.

Wenzhuo Zhang (wenzhuo) wrote :

In Hardy or Jaunty, f-spot still does not allow importing pictures to a custom directory. It's really a bad idea to store photos in a deeply nested date-based directory structure. Martin Pitt, can you please port your patch to the current version and submit it to upstream? Thanks!

Changed in f-spot (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → In Progress
Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

This patch was applied in hardy, and still works fine in jaunty. Thus no need to send upstream an updated patch.

What doesn't work for you in particular?

Changed in f-spot (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Wenzhuo Zhang (wenzhuo) wrote :

The import dialog (see attachment) does not provide an option to choose the target directory. I have also read Help -> Contents and f-spot Documentation web pages, but failed to find a solution. Can you please tell me how to choose the target directory when importing photos?

Duncan Lithgow (duncan-lithgow) wrote :

@Wenzhuo: please open a question at and post the link here. I will answer you there. Bugs are not the place for getting help.

Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Gosh, I see. F-Spot has not one, but two different import dialogs. I never see the one you posted, since my camera uses PTP, not mass-storage. Seems the other dialog needs to be modified, too.

summary: - support custom directory structures
+ support custom directory structures for mass storage import dialog
Changed in f-spot (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Triaged
Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2009-12-07
Changed in f-spot (Ubuntu):
assignee: Martin Pitt (pitti) → nobody
Changed in f-spot:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
Changed in f-spot:
status: New → Won't Fix
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