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I tryed to import photos from my external harddisk into shotwell. After doing this, I disconected the harddisk and the photos disapeared immediately. I saw that the photos had been importet into the database without being copied. Copying the whole file into the picturefile is possible, but I would like to have to same fileorder in my library. Not a mixed up (organised by date (shotwell) and organised by filenames (my old organisation). It has not been any problem copying photos from a dvd. Is there any possibility to have the same filestructure for all fotos or is there a bug in shotwell?


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closed as too localized by fossfreedom Jun 20 '12 at 10:35

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I don't get it: you want to import in Shotwell, but without copying to the local HD and then watch the pictures in Shotwell with the external drive disconnected? Please clarify – Tinellus Jun 19 '12 at 11:36
Thanks to all, I found the solution! First I had to cancel all Fotos from separate Missing Files view which appeared in the sidebar. Thanks – user65764 Jun 20 '12 at 8:37

When you import a folder with pictures into Shotwell it gives you two options:

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In the first case, Copy Photos, Shotwell will store a local copy of the pictures in your computer. Thus, if you import from a removable drive, you will always have a copy of them available.

In the second case, Import in Place, shotwell will only create links to the pictures, thus if you unplug a removable drive with the pictures they will not be available.

If you want to preserve your structure of folders for your pictures I recommend that you copy your pictures manually to your hard drive (Pictures folder is a good option). After that you can Import in Place from shotwell (does not make sense to have 2 local copies of your pictures) and you will have them available. Shotwell will still classify them by date (default), but then you can 'Tag' your pictures if you want to arrange them in a different order (e.g. 'my birthday').

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As the OP points out in a comment above, the copying option does not work correctly (i.e. it does not copy) if the photos had been imported before and the files then moved, and it that case instead they need to be deleted from the "Missing Files" view before doing the import. Only after that it works as expected. – fuenfundachtzig Sep 7 '15 at 18:35

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