How to remove duplicates

Asked by cohassetsteve on 2011-04-30

I imported a large number of photos only to discover that modt of 'em are duplicates. Is there a mechanism inside Shotwell to automagically remove duplicates?

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Were they duplicates of each other, or duplicates of images that you had *previously* imported into Shotwell?

If they were duplicates of previously imported images and they imported without telling you they were duplicates, that means Shotwell was unable to detect that they were duplicates--thus it will be unable to automatically discover that they are duplicates, even if you were to use tricks like creating a new Shotwell library and importing everything into it.

On the other hand, if they were duplicates of each other, this may be due to an old Shotwell bug (which has been fixed in newer versions of Shotwell), where images imported in the same import operation which are duplicates of one another do not trigger duplicate detection. (See So if that's what's happening, please reply with (a) what version of Ubuntu you're running, and (b) the full version number for the package shotwell (this might include letters), which you can get in the Software Center, Synaptic Package Manager, or by running "apt-cache policy shotwell" in the Terminal.

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