Notes on sorting Photos
My smart phone is an android device, it connects to my computer via MTP over USB and I store my photographs on cloud storage. Subsequently I want these pictures to be sorted, and I don’t want any duplicates.
This entire process is structured around using ArchLinux. Below is how I complete this:
Mount your phone’s storage
simple-mtpfs to access my phone, this is installed from the AUR using
yay -S simple-mtpfs simple-mtpfs -l mkdir phone simple-mtpfs --device 1 phone ls phone
This should now print out the file and folder structure of your phone.
Now we’re going to install
phockup to sort the files into a coherent folder structure:
sudo pacman -S perl-image-exiftool python3 curl -L https://github.com/ivandokov/phockup/archive/latest.tar.gz -o phockup.tar.gz tar -zxf phockup.tar.gz sudo mv phockup-* /opt/phockup sudo ln -s /opt/phockup/phockup.py /usr/local/bin/phockup
Mount your storage
Now we’re going to mount our cloud storage destination, using the ever useful
mkdir pictures rclone mount drive-pictures: pictures --daemon
Sort your images
Now we can invoke
phockup to sort and move the source files to the destination folder:
phockup phone/DCIM/Camera/ pictures/personal/photos/ -m mv phone/Pictures/Screenshots/* pictures/personal/screenshots/ -v rm -rf phone/DCIM/.thumbnails find phone -maxdepth 2 -type d -not -path "*/\.*" -empty -delete
I also move my screenshots, as I like these being backed up but I don’t care about how they’re sorted. I also delete unused thumbnails and empty folders, just to keep things tidy.
Dedupe your images
Lastly, I deduplicate the images using
jdupes. This will prompt you for every match it finds which copy you want:
yay -S jdupes jdupes pictures/personal -rd
And you’re done.
- Edit 2020-10-26: Improved empty directory deletion section