Indexing 2 Tb or folder by folder

Asked by moxie on 2011-07-29

I have a backup system that consists of hard drives, split up in folders of 4,7 Gb. Each of these folders is also backed up on high quality dvd's. I'd like to use Basenji, but I don't want to put each of hundreds of dvd's in and out the dvd-drive. Is there a way to add folders to the database (now or in the future) or do I have to index the whole 2 Tb volumes? And how long will that take and how much space will the database consume?

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Patrick Ulbrich (pulb) said : #1

Even though indexing of folders insn't supported officially, you can index any folder by mounting them via "bindfs <path/to/folder> <path/to/mountpoint>". Basenji should recognize that folder as a drive then. The size of the database depends on the data on the drive. If thumbnail generation is turned on the size will increase significantly if there are many images/movies on the drive. Please let me know if this is a solution for your needs.

moxie (jack-spoenk) said : #2

I'm a photographer, so most of the content will be images. For a 1 Tb disk with about 200 folders, each 4,3 Gb and filled with about 200-1000 images, how big would the database get? Then, can I choose were to store the database? If so, I could choose one disk/place that has enough space for that database.

Patrick Ulbrich (pulb) said : #3

Honestly, I have no idea as this also depends on the size of every single photo. I'd just try it on one of your folders, it won't take too long. You can choose where to store the database in the FIle-Menu. The default database is located in ~/.config/Basenji.

Patrick Ulbrich (pulb) said : #4

Oh and no matter where you store the database, the photo thumbnails are always stored in ~/.config/Basenji/dbdata/<database_id>/<disk_id>/thumbs. You can replace ~/.config/Basenji by a symlink to another drive though.

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