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I have Shotwell installed in 11.10. When 12.04 comes out I will do a clean install as usual but I would like to not have to redo all those tags. Is that possible and if so how?

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Two ways of doing this, depending on one particular setting in the options:

Shotwell prefs

If you do have this box checked, all the tags are already in the photos. Just backup and restore to the new install.

If you do not have this checked, just copy your .shotwell folder from your home directory (press CTRL + H to show hidden files), and then copy it to the new install.

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Make sure you back up your ~/home folder. Shotwell as with the rest of the applications, keep there settings in your home folder.

To back up shotwell settings. Copy or move ~/.shotwell to another partition or drive.

Example: sudo mv ~/.shotwell /dev/sdc1/backup/shotwell

this moves <sudo mv> the folder ~/home/.shotwell /device/USB/backup folder

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This question is covered in the Shotwell FAQ:

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – fossfreedom Mar 7 '12 at 19:44

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