So today I have experienced more problems with shotwell. In brief:
a) External edits.
When I want to edit photos with external editor, tonight Shotwell
started (for some images) not to create the _modified.jpg file. I would
right click a photo and select Open With External Editor. Shotwell would
then launch the editor, but the myimage_modified.jpg file would not be
If I close the editor (it had no file to work on anyway) and right click
the photo in Shotwell, the Revert to Original would be grey, as in no
external edits were made.
I discovered that if I copy the image manually to myimage_modified.jpg
and then (via Shotwell) selected Open With External Editor, then
Shotwell would create myimage_modified_1.jpg and open that in the
I can then close the external editor, select Revert to Original, deleted
the myimage_modified.jpg (that I created), and then choose, Open With
External Editor, and then everything works - with myimage_modified.jpg.
b) Non-commited changes.
I had an image that I cropped. By chance of a small brain fart I
accidentally closed Shotwell just to re-open it right away and continue
working. I noticed, however, that the image I cropped no longer had the
crop. I tried again, cropped it and closed / re-opened Shotwell, and
no... the changes was lost immediately.
I also (by chance) noticed a neighbouring image that had lost it's
changes. These changes were more subtle (exposure / color balance
changes) and I thus don't recall the exact changes; I just know that I
visited that image before and made changes.
I did not investigate this further right now. Honestly, these two
discoveries along with my parent-tag problem (different thread) just
made me feel tired. I am a bit scared that lots of changes in my photo
collection (9200 photos) may or may not have been lost and it will be
difficult for me to find out which (even-though I do have periodic
backup of my Shotwell database).
Is my Shotwell database just completely fucked?
Are there other people with similar problems?
Right now I kind of think that it would be better with sidecar files. My
thought is that at least the damage would be more local and / or it
would be easier to track down lost changes (via backup of individual files).
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