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    Default Digikam - Random Flicker of thumbnails and long launch time

    I had to reload openSuSE 11.1 after a failed attempt installing version 11.2. (different story).

    I setup repositories again to use Stable KDE 4.3.4 release and loaded digikam and kipi plugins from the Core Repository as usual.

    However, now when I attempt to start digikam, it takes an extremely long time to launch sitting at the loading kipi-plugins. That's one problem.

    Second issue is when I open an album, the thumbnails load as normal, but then if I move the mouse over the thumbnails, the whole album starts randomly blinking on and off all of the thumbnails. The rest of the desktop is not affected, only the thumbnails.

    Neither of these issues ever happened on my prior install of 11.1 so I'm at a loss as to what's going on.

    Any insights would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Digikam - Random Flicker of thumbnails and long launch t

    Post result of this from a terminal

    Code:
    zypper lr -d
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    Default Re: Digikam - Random Flicker of thumbnails and long launch t

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Post result of this from a terminal

    Code:
    zypper lr -d
    Here is the result:
    ~> zypper lr -d
    # | Alias | Name | Enabled | Refresh | Priority | Type | URI | Service
    ---+--------------------------------+--------------------------------+---------+---------+----------+----------+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+--------
    1 | Anubisg1 | Anubisg1 | Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | Index of /repositories/home:/anubisg1/openSUSE_11.1 |
    2 | KDE4_Backports | KDE4 Backports | Yes | Yes | 60 | rpm-md | Index of /repositories/KDE:/Backports/openSUSE_11.1 |
    3 | KDE4_Community | KDE4 Community | Yes | Yes | 25 | rpm-md | Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Community/openSUSE_11.1_KDE4_STABLE_Desktop |
    4 | KDE4_Core_Packages | KDE4 Core Packages | Yes | Yes | 25 | rpm-md | Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/STABLE:/Desktop/openSUSE_11.1 |
    5 | KDE4_Playground | KDE4 Playground | Yes | Yes | 25 | rpm-md | Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Playground/openSUSE_11.1_KDE4_STABLE_Desktop |
    6 | KDE_3.5_Community_Packages | KDE 3.5 Community Packages | Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | Index of /repositories/KDE:/Community/openSUSE_11.1 |
    7 | KDE_3.5_Core_Packages | KDE 3.5 Core Packages | Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE3/openSUSE_11.1 |
    8 | Local_RPMS | Local RPMS | Yes | Yes | 100 | plaindir | dir:///data/App_Software/InstalledRPMS |
    9 | Mozilla_Firefox | Mozilla Firefox | Yes | Yes | 20 | rpm-md | Index of /repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_11.1 |
    10 | NVIDIA | NVIDIA | Yes | Yes | 20 | rpm-md | http://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/11.1/ |
    11 | OpenOffice_Stable_Repositories | OpenOffice Stable Repositories | Yes | Yes | 25 | rpm-md | Index of /repositories/OpenOffice.org:/STABLE/openSUSE_11.1 |
    12 | Packman_Respositories | Packman Respositories | Yes | Yes | 40 | rpm-md | Index of /suse/11.1 |
    13 | VLC_VideoLan_Repositories | VLC VideoLan Repositories | Yes | Yes | 50 | rpm-md | Index of /pub/vlc/SuSE/11.1/ |
    14 | Wine | Wine | Yes | Yes | 99 | rpm-md | Index of /repositories/Emulators:/Wine/openSUSE_11.1 |
    15 | repo-debug | openSUSE-11.1-Debug | No | Yes | 100 | NONE | Index of /debug/distribution/11.1/repo/oss |
    16 | repo-non-oss | openSUSE-11.1-Non-Oss | Yes | Yes | 100 | yast2 | Index of /distribution/11.1/repo/non-oss |
    17 | repo-oss | openSUSE-11.1-Oss | Yes | Yes | 100 | yast2 | Index of /distribution/11.1/repo/oss |
    18 | repo-source | openSUSE-11.1-Source | No | Yes | 100 | NONE | Index of /source/distribution/11.1/repo/oss |
    19 | repo-update | openSUSE-11.1-Update | Yes | Yes | 100 | rpm-md | Index of /update/11.1 |

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    Post Re: Digikam - Random Flicker of thumbnails and long launch t

    For the love of god man... Why do you have so many repos! Your probably getting multiple versions with different builds.

    If you don't mind having to reconfigure digikam... Try deleting the digikam package and IT'S dependencies. Search ~ for any directories involving digikam; more than likely it's going to be .digikam. Disable the VLC repo that you have and prioritize the repos so that the PACKMAN repos have a lower number (i.e. higher priority). Open up Software Management and change the view selection to the packman repo. Search for the digikam package and install it. If it's not in there then change the view selection to OpenSuse OSS repo and search for it in there. I also recommend the same with kipi.

    What are you using digikam for? Download photos from camera or photo management? Webcam?

    Digikame is "A KDE application which acts as a frontend to gphoto2 for photo downloads from a digital camera. News, overview, screenshots and software download."
    Kipi is a more or less a plug-in environment to help render the images in applications; like digikam or gwenview.

    If it takes a while to load the kipi plug-in's then either (a) you have A LOT of plugins or (b) digikam is having difficulty loading them due to some type of config problem. When you mouse over an image/thumbnail (rendered via kipi) the applications (digikam) "refreshes" the view (again using kipi). The flicker is due to a latency or misconfig with kipi. Depending on the app; normally the actual flicker is faster than the video output or is updated every couple of seconds. Think of monitor refresh rates or how video works. To fix the problem you should address the interaction with kipi. And, instead of prying through config files looking for an error. It's easiest to just delete the config's stored in your profile so that the app can properly re-write the config files; hence the deleting of the ~/.app files. If it's system wide, it's a problem with the interaction between the packages; hence the deleting of the packages.

    Let me know if it works out for you...

    Personally, I just use gwenview or picasa.
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    Default Re: Digikam - Random Flicker of thumbnails and long launch t

    Thanks for the reply. I thought that the KDE repositories were the best source for the openSuSE if the stuff was there and I use Packman for multimedia stuff and other packages not supplied in the openSuSE repositories primarily. I use NVIDIA for the driver and Mozilla for the latest versions along with Open Office stable since the openSuSE are a little slow to update if at all for those.

    I use Digikam for my photo album management, printing, tagging, geo tagging, etc. I find it quicker than gwenview and more stable, at least I did.

    I removed all digikam packages I had loaded (both the KDE 3.5 and 4 versions even though the 3.5 version worked fine). I moved priority around, disabled the KDE 4 Backport and VLC repositories.

    I don't see Digikam on the packman repo at all. I am running openSuSE 11.1 x86_64.

    Thanks for the assistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMCorsa View Post
    Thanks for the reply. I thought that the KDE repositories were the best source for the openSuSE if the stuff was there and I use Packman for multimedia stuff and other packages not supplied in the openSuSE repositories primarily.
    The repos that are in there by default are the best to use. However, OpenSuse has had to break some packages due to legal issues. Like MP3 playing and making to DVD movie players.

    Quote Originally Posted by DMCorsa View Post
    I use NVIDIA for the driver and Mozilla for the latest versions along with Open Office stable since the openSuSE are a little slow to update if at all for those.
    That I can understand. However, the way that Suse (as in Novell Suse) gives us Opensuse is different. The reason it takes so long is that it hasn't been rigorously tested in the *Suse environment; i.e. it's stable & SUPPORTED by Suse. Since Novell bought Suse it has become a legitimate consumer product that must have customer satisfaction and support. They gave us OpenSuse for the GPL and keep the linux community happy. OpenSuse is presented to us as more or less a "beta" version of the Novell Suse. In essence, we get their OS for free in exchange for "testing" software on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by DMCorsa View Post
    I use Digikam for my photo album management, printing, tagging, geo tagging, etc. I find it quicker than gwenview and more stable, at least I did.
    You should give Picasa from Google a run. I've never had any problems with it; and it has a beta linux version.

    Quote Originally Posted by DMCorsa View Post
    I removed all digikam packages I had loaded (both the KDE 3.5 and 4 versions even though the 3.5 version worked fine). I moved priority around, disabled the KDE 4 Backport and VLC repositories.

    I don't see Digikam on the packman repo at all. I am running openSuSE 11.1 x86_64.

    Thanks for the assistance.
    Did you do the same with KIPI? Did you search the Default repo from suse for digikam and kipi?

    Yeah, you kind of have to be a little knowledgeable on software development with this kind of stuff.
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    Default Re: Digikam - Random Flicker of thumbnails and long launch t

    Remove kde4 playground and backports

    then do an unconditional update in kde4 stable desktop
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    Maybe a different issue, and certainly does not explain the slow load, but...

    After I migrated distros and moved my picture directory, I got strange behavior where the thumbnails would flash, or go blank when I hovered over them. Anything with a thumbnail view was very slow.

    I fixed it by dumping my db and rebuilding by adding as if new albums. I store info in the file as meta data (ratings, tags, etc.) so I didn't loose any data, but be careful if your data is only in the db. That fixed it for me. I didn't look into to much, but I think that digikam ended up looking in the wrong place for the thumbnails - basically confused by the move.

    Since you did a re-install, that could be part of your issue.

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    Default Re: Digikam - Random Flicker of thumbnails and long launch t

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Remove kde4 playground and backports

    then do an unconditional update in kde4 stable desktop
    Yast - Software Management -Update All_HowTo - openSUSE Forums

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    On another matter. You should also remove VideoLan repo
    And do an unconditional update in Packman

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    Thanks very much I will try that. I had removed digikam and kipi and reinstalled from KDE4 Core and still have the issue. I will try this first when I get home. I had also removed my digikamrc config file and let it rebuild and still have the flashing thumbnails. I'll let you know later today how it works out.

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    Default Re: Digikam - Random Flicker of thumbnails and long launch t

    Quote Originally Posted by keyBangingMonkey View Post
    Maybe a different issue, and certainly does not explain the slow load, but...

    After I migrated distros and moved my picture directory, I got strange behavior where the thumbnails would flash, or go blank when I hovered over them. Anything with a thumbnail view was very slow.

    I fixed it by dumping my db and rebuilding by adding as if new albums. I store info in the file as meta data (ratings, tags, etc.) so I didn't loose any data, but be careful if your data is only in the db. That fixed it for me. I didn't look into to much, but I think that digikam ended up looking in the wrong place for the thumbnails - basically confused by the move.

    Since you did a re-install, that could be part of your issue.
    Thanks for the info. I think I store my data in the meta data as well but need to check. If everything else fails I may have to do this. Don't quite get it since it was working fine before I had to do the reinstall after the failed 11.2 attempt. Thank you. I'll let you know how it goes.

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