Because of moving or renaming directories the paths to my photos changed. How can I automatically remove all dead links so that the missing photos aren't displayed (marked with a skull) anymore?


  • Is deleting the database an acceptable solution, or do you have new rolls added which you don't want to delete? Oct 17, 2018 at 17:47
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about database management, not about taking photographs. There are more appropriate groups on SE to deal with managing databases.
    – Michael C
    Oct 17, 2018 at 20:25
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    You are of course right, but unfortunately as long as there is no darktable SE site (my question is darktable specific, not about databases) I think the question is most appropriate on this photography SE. If there arises a new darktable SE on Area 51 I'd like to transfer this question.
    – quiliup
    Oct 18, 2018 at 7:45

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The darktable project includes a shell script called purge_non_existing_images.sh which will remove any entry pointing to a file which doesn't exist.

It requires an environment that will run a POSIX-compatible "sh" script; on Windows, this may require the installation of such a shell... on Linux, the script itself may or may not be installed along with darktable depending on how it was packaged. Some distributions may provide a "darktable-tools" or similar package for this purpose (there are several other interesting things in the "tools" directory).

  • The shell script was not included in the darktable packages of my linux distribution but running the script you linked to worked fine. Thank you very much!
    – quiliup
    Oct 18, 2018 at 7:59

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