Tracker messes up pictures

asked 2019-06-20 22:27:31 +0200

daneos gravatar image

updated 2019-06-20 22:40:46 +0200

I followed this answer to save screenshots on the SD card. Everything works fine, except my screenshots are now showing up under Photos instead of Screenshots in the Gallery app.

My question is: how the tracker determines which pictures are screenshots, and which are photos? How to alter this behaviour?

Also, we could have another category in the gallery, e.g. Pictures, where everything that's not a photo or screenshot would end up. Right now all pictures downloaded from the internet, email attachments, album arts, default ambience backgrounds, etc., all that is shown in Photos which is not correct I think.

(Tested on XA2+,

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I guess it just assumes that everything inside a folder called 'Screenshots' is a screenshot. Did you symlink your Screenshots (on the device) folder to the Screenshots (on the SD card) folder, or to the Pictures (on the SD card) folder?

Also, please create a new request for the category you'd like to see (something like 'Downloads', I suppose), I think it's a great idea but people won't find it if it's hidden inside a question about something else.

nthn ( 2019-06-22 13:02:31 +0200 )edit

I have /home/nemo/Pictures/Screenshots and /home/nemo/Pictures/screenshots that both are links to /media/sdcard/<uuid>/Pictures/Screenshots. Apart from that in the Pictures folder is also Camera that under /home/nemo is empty, and on SD card holds the camera photos.

Following your advice I have created new request for the Gallery categories, you can check it out here.

daneos ( 2019-06-22 17:55:02 +0200 )edit

Please clarify why you have 2 links almost identical to each other by all but the 's' of 'screenshots' - I'm not sure why I think what I think, but I wouldn't mind betting that is the root of your problem and I know that default ambience backgrounds (ambiences from Jolla, not user created ambiences) should not show in Gallery.

Spam Hunter ( 2019-06-22 18:26:23 +0200 )edit

The two links are due to the fact that the system native screenshot (vol+ and vol- together) saves to Screenshots dir and the Screenshot app from the store saves to screenshots. AFAIK there is no method to configure the path for any of these.

Since before I started playing with SD card everything worked perfectly (even despite two screenshot dirs), I tried to link everything, including camera photos, videos and music from SD card to /home/nemo and place .nomedia in the root of the SD card, but it seems that tracker is unable to follow symlinks and I can't see any photos anymore. The default backgrounds are still there, though, and have been since the beginning.

daneos ( 2019-06-22 18:38:02 +0200 )edit