idb is a command line tool to archive and retrieve items
from a digital image collection.
It started as a two-part article (
within the Perl-Snapshot,
a seven-year-and-counting monthly feature by the
Since then, it has attracted a small but persistent user base, so I've decided
to carry on with it, by adding new features and fixing bugs as I find them
or as they get reported.
idb takes files from disk or a digital camera, puts them into
a chronologically sorted hierarchy on disk and stores tag information
about all images in a MySQL database.
Here's the most important commands:
# Import and tag
idb -i -t tag [file|dir] ...
# Filter files and tag
ls *.jpg | idb -t tag
# DB search for tags, print paths
idb -s search_pattern -p
# Grep for tags in files
idb -g search_pattern [file|dir] ...
# List files/tags
idb -l [file|dir] ...
Where do you go from here?
Released version idb-0.03.tar.gz
Stable Release (09/21/2003)
Please send bugs reports or
requests for enhancements to the author: