I have a question regarding the importation of photos. When i connect my android smartphone, in PTP mode, it appears correctly in shotwell, i see my files, but i have a lot of “ghost” pictures (see screenshot), like more than regular photos. If i import all of them, they appear in shotwell, “real pictures” this time, but they mostly are thumbnails of my photos, cropped in size and with no exif or other metadata whatsoever. Some are from my “pictures” folder. Do you know what causes that and what i can do to avoid that?
To get some context i use a fairphone 3 with /e/, but i had the same problem with another fairphone with a stock Android, and if i remember correctly, i had this issue this spring while using an old samsung galaxy. I had this issue with two computers, with lubuntu and now elementaryOS, so i think i can say it seems to come from shotwell and not my phone or computer. But i could be wrong (oh, and on elementary, i have this issue with their version as well as with a fresh install of shotwell).
I did not have this issue a while ago, while using an outdated version of linux mint, and therefor an outdated version of shotwell (pre 0.12)
Thanks a lot for your help, and if there are contributors to shotwell on here thanks a lot for this soft, I otherwise love it!
I get an error with the gphoto2 commands, a “general PTP error”, whether in PTP or MTP mode. Even if i run this as root, with sudo. From the first command i get this : the folder " / " contains one folder - store_0001000
But if i put this in the second command i get “the path is not absolute”, and if i put a / in front, i get the PTP general error pre-mentionned.
In shotwell.log i have a list of notifications, skipping DCIM/.thumbnails/… files first, “data area exceeds data buffer, ignoring it” second, but it’s mostly GPS info and my photos are not geolocalised or Directory thumbnails.
But your answer makes sense, from what i see. It looks like my gallery app created thumbnails, which shotwell sees as separate files. I does not explain why they appeared like that on the phone, though. Any idea how i could make shotwell to disregard them ?
OK, so i did a bit of digging, and it turns out the .thumbnails folder is created not by my gallery app, but by my camera app. It’s a port of the google camera from the pixel series, but apparently, open Camera does it too (on my wife’s phone with the same issues) and the stock camera doesn’t.
I emptied the folder (which of course fills up again when i take photos) and most of the ghost files disappeared. So that’s a workaround for the time being, i’ll just empty the folder before i sync my phone.
Except that i still have some ghost files, which are… the photos taken by the stock camera app, at least on my /e/ phone, i’ll have to look it up on my wife’s phone when i get a chance. I don’t use it much now so it shouldn’t be much of a problem for me right now, but that’s still an issue.
I hope these informations are useful for your understanding of the problem