[PhotoFloat] Tagging instead of albums

Tom Talpey tom at talpey.com
Wed Jan 21 16:58:09 CET 2015

On 1/21/2015 1:43 AM, martin f krafft wrote:
> Ftr, over at http://lists.madduck.net/listinfo/mailtags, we
> discussed ideas about a Git-based mail storage backend (actually
> replacing IMAP!) about 5 years ago. I'd love to revive this at some
> point, especially given the learnings from git-annex.

I think that a git-based photofloat storage backend is a great idea,
lots of similar services do this especially ones with structured
tags like email messages and addressbooks, etc. Git, in turn, has
modest and straightforward storage requirements.

One downside of the photofloat files approach, in my experience, is
the way it builds the thumbnail cache into a single directory. That
one spot gets really, really large and the filenames are long and
full of metadata themselves (name, size, etc). There's a lot of overhead
just to open a file by name. It would seem to me a simple optimization
to lay out the cache as a tree, to mirror the albums. It would make the
whole photofloat installation much more manageable I think.

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