Hashing videos

Berthold Stoeger bstoeger at mail.tuwien.ac.at
Tue May 22 13:45:44 PDT 2018

Dear all,

I'm currently implementing addition of videos to the dive photos. This happens 
to be dog-slow, because we calculate hashes of the file contents. As you can 
imagine, addition of multiple videos with a few GB each is a major CPU hog. 
Granted, the UI stays responsive, since this is done in background threads. 
Nevertheless, it gives a bad impression if the CPUs run at 100% for a few 

What are we supposed to do? Hash only the first MB? That would unfortunately 
not be backwards-compatible. Do different things for images and videos? Sounds 
hard to get right.

Or perhaps even remove the hashes? I found three users:
1) In git storage. This is unsupported afaik.
2) The "Find moved images" functionality. Perhaps searching for (case-
insensitive?) filenames is enough? Or perhaps match by metadata?
3)  In current head it is also used for the thumbnail files, but this could be 
changed before doing the next release.



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