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Installing Digikam with fewer dependencies in Xubuntu/ Ubuntu Intrepid

If you do

sudo aptitude install digikam

on Intrepid, you will see that aptitude would install loads of KDE packages (Dolphin and Konqueror, yikes). Apparently, this is because aptitude now by default also installs recommended packages as “dependencies”. To avoid this, use the -R flag to aptitude (see also man aptitude):

sudo aptitude install -R digikam

If you prefer Synaptic for the GUI, there is a global option there under Preferences, in the General tab.

Addendum

One issue is that you will not be able to use the Flickr upload plugin without Konqueror, as this version of Digikam uses Konqueror to authenticate you on Flickr. A workaround is to get the lateste KDE4 version of Digikam, which you can do by adding the following four repositories to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/digikam-experimental/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/digikam-experimental/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-experimental/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-experimental/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

You’ll also have to add the key for each repository using (substitute key number for “9999”):

gpg --keyserver subkeys.pgp.net --recv-key 9999
gpg -a --export 9999 | sudo apt-key add -

Works fine here so far, use at your own risk.

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