[PLUG-TALK] Question on Using gphoto2

Denis Heidtmann denish at dslnorthwest.net
Wed Jul 9 16:20:39 PDT 2008

Rich Shepard wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Jul 2008, Paul Mullen wrote:
>> How old is your camera? Every one I've seen in the last five years or so
>> has a USB interface that can operate in "mass storage" mode, so it appears
>> as just another file system to your computer. cp and rm are about as easy
>> as it gets.
> Paul,
>    It's vintage mid-1990s. An Olympus D-340L. The only uses I have for it are
> images for stuff I sell on craigslist or eBay, project documentation that
> might be included in a report, and the occasional snap shots of the dogs
> doing canine things (watching a squirrel for hours on end, mouth wresting,
> and so on). It's perfect for that.
>    The camera has a serial cable. It used to work flawlessly with photopc,
> but that just stopped working when I tried it today. The command line
> 'gphoto2 --camera "Olympus D-340L" --port "/dev/photopc" --get-all-files'
> does the job of copying from the camera.
>    If I ask 'gphoto2 --list-ports' I see:
> Devices found: 6
> Path                             Description
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> ptpip:                           PTP/IP Connection 
> serial:/dev/tts/0                Serial Port 0 
> serial:/dev/tts/1                Serial Port 1 
> serial:/dev/tts/2                Serial Port 2 
> serial:/dev/tts/3                Serial Port 3 
> usb:                             Universal Serial Bus
>    But, when I ask 'gphoto2 --auto-detect' it fails.
>    So, communications can be established, but I don't know how to tell it to
> delete the files. It throws an error even with the camera model, path, and
> camera directory specified.
> Rich
In case it applies to your situation, on my Canon I dare not delete pictures on 
the card from the computer--formats are not the same, and the camera objects.  I 
delete them or format the card on the camera.


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