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Old 06-03-2011, 01:16 AM   #1
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Control what software launches when media card automounts (OpenSUSE/GNOME)?

Core question: How do I control what software launches when I insert a memory card with photos on it?

I'm running OpenSUSE 11.4 x86_64 with GNOME. I'm trying to get back to where I was in 11.3 in terms of photo management. When I insert a media card (e.g., SD or CF card with digital photos), it's automounted correctly. After that, however, F-Spot launches for me to download the photos, but I don't use -FSpot and have no interest in it. In fact, I tried to uninstall it but it seems to come back anyway, to my dismay. But that's a separate issue.

I am working on re-installing Rapid Photo Downloader, but it has a lot of dependencies to get everything working right, so it's not installed yet. I use digiKam for my photo management and am temporarily using it to download photos. Right now the (lame) process is to close F-Spot, launch digiKam, create the destination folder, and "import" (copy) the photos to the destination folder.

Apart from getting rid of F-Spot entirely, I'd like to at least keep it out of the way. How do I configure what software launches in this case?
Old 06-03-2011, 06:51 PM   #2
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Is there a list of things that it gives you to do? I'm not a photo guy, but when I put in a music CD or a DVD, I get a dialogue box that gives me a list of things that can possibly run the media, and there's a checkbox at the bottom that asks, "Always perform this action." (Fedora 14, GNOME desktop environment)

If F-Spot is simply opening automatically and skipping everything else, then I see how that can be annoying. You should try to finish installing your preferred software and see if multiple programs that deal with photos work. Or you can try right-clicking on what you want to open, and pick the "Open With..." option (if it's there; it's been years since I've used SUSE, and I don't recall, but I don't see why it wouldn't be in a GNOME environment).

As for uninstalling F-Spot, I had a similar problem when I wanted to uninstall Firefox. There is a proper way to uninstall things, and some programs even come with those directions. I don't think, though, that programs that ship with the system come with such documentation, but I'm sure it can be found with a little searching. Of course, I didn't bother with all of that because I can be lazy at times.

I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS, but what I did to get rid of Firefox was first go to my home folder and input the following command:
ls -a
I was relatively new to Linux back then, and I didn't know that some folders had hidden files. Anyway, listed there was a hidden directory called ./mozilla. I deleted that, and then I deleted every other file and directory that had seemed to be even remotely related to Mozilla or Firefox on my system. That, for me, worked (Ubuntu 9.04) and it stopped it from coming back when I thought it was gone.
Again, I don't recommend doing that, as I am sure there is a more sane way of going about it.
Old 06-15-2011, 04:13 PM   #3
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Solved for now, but not really answered

I finally had time to get Rapid Photo Downloader installed, and now it takes over the process of downloading media from the inserted card or connected camera. This is good for now, but I'd still like to know how to actually specify what happens rather than just taking what I get from whatever I most-recently installed. For example, I might find another tool that I want to use for a specific feature, but if it can also transfer the photo files and takes over the process (and I don't want to use it for that), I'd want to know how to put my software of choice back in control.


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