cleanup_digikamdb - Cleanup the digiKam databases to reduce their sizes
and increase access speed
cleanup_digikamdb [-t] [-T] [-p] [-h]
-t Include thumbnail databases.
-T Only cleanup thumbnail databases.
Specify a different database path. If the specified path is
invalid, the entry from the configuration file will be used.
-h Show command line options.
cleanup_digikamdb will cleanup and optimize the digiKam database file.
This will, in most cases, lead to a smaller database file size and an
increased access speed, because unneeded elements are removed from the
database and data is optimized.
The program will make sure that no instance of digiKam is running,
because it is more safe to have no database access during the
optimization process. It then will read the digiKam configuration file
and determine the database location. In a final step the database will
be optimized by invoking the sqlite command 'VACUUM;' on it. If more
then one database is found in this location, cleanup_digikamdb will
optimize every database found in this path and below.
For further explanation, see the following description of the VACUUM
command from the sqlite3 website:
When an object (table, index, or trigger) is dropped from the database,
it leaves behind empty space. This empty space will be reused the next
time new information is added to the database. But in the meantime,
the database file might be larger than strictly necessary. Also,
frequent inserts, updates, and deletes can cause the information in the
database to become fragmented - scrattered out all across the database
file rather than clustered together in one place.
The VACUUM command cleans the main database by copying its contents to
a temporary database file and reloading the original database file from
the copy. This eliminates free pages, aligns table data to be
contiguous, and otherwise cleans up the database file structure.
cleanup_digikamdb was written by Andi Clemens <andi dot clemens at gmx