|Script / program for images batch processing|
Looking for a simple to install program
This topic must have been discussed many times already, but I'm looking for a -simple to install- program that allows me to resize multiple images in one go.
I've just spend several hours trying to get all kinds of scripts, programs etc. running on my Suse Linux system, but everytime I don't succeed in getting it installed.
Why is it that in 2009 it's still so hard to just download something and installing it by typing one command?
Either the configuration step fails, the make step fails or I'm missing libraries.
It's not my intention to complain here, but yes I am frustrated that even with many years of experience in programming I simply can't install a new program.
Can someone please help me by suggesting what program I can simply download and use?
Why are you compiling programs yourself, rather than installing from the repositaries? ImageMagick (and often its fork graphicsmagick) is available from the repos for every distro I have used. There are also GUI front ends for it, and photo management programs like Digikam can also batch resize.
|Why is it that in 2009 it's still so hard to just download something and installing it by typing one command? |
That sounds so like a description of installing from repos that I wonder if you are trolling.
I don't want to compile stuff myself. But I can only find Linux downloads that -need- to be compiled before one can start using it. So my question remains: where can I just download some program that does the batch processing I'm looking for?
I don't understand what you mean with repositories? When I search for it, again I only find websites with scripts, downloads etc. that are not 'ready to use'.
OK, the problem is that you do not know how to install software on Linux. It is actually very easy, just different from Windows.
It varies a little from distro to distro - although not that much. For exact instructions on Suse 11 read their documentation [en.opensuse.org].
On a desktop use Yast, on a server type 'zypper install' (without the quotes) followed by the name of the program.
Obviously you need the exact name, which is why 'zypper search' exists.
Does that work for you?
Just to add: by server I mean "if you need to do it from the command line"
However, a desktop usually has a GUI available, so you might as well use it, servers normally do not.
I'm using Suse 9.3, which doesn't have the repository option. Neither has it the zypper command.
I know about Yast, but when I use that to install packages, I usually get error that other libraries are needed for the package that I want to install. And that is one of my irritations: I don't care that a package needs other libraries, I expect that Yast installs any required library itself.
So i appreciate your help, but I'm still getting nowhere.
Do I need to update to a newer version of Suse to make life easier for myself? And if so, can I upgrade from my existing version? Or can I add the repository option to my existing Suse version?
|I don't care that a package needs other libraries, I expect that Yast installs any required library itself. |
It should do that.
If there is software installable in Yast you have some repositories configured, but they may be mis-configured or updates (on what they contain) may not have loaded. You could try reloading the package info from the repos (no, I do not know how to do that -- try looking around Yast).
Anything more is going to be very Suse specific, so I cannot help you are I do not use Suse myself. Try the openSuse forums.
|Do I need to update to a newer version of Suse to make life easier for myself? And if so, can I upgrade from my existing version? Or can I add the repository option to my existing Suse version? |
You should be able to solve this particular problem without upgrading to a newer version.
That said, 9.3 is getting pretty old and I would say it is time to upgrade anyway. I generally upgrade roughly annually. You may be able to upgrade from within Yast, but, again, that is a question I think you should ask on a Suse forum.
It might also be a good time to look at other distros. I like Ubuntu/Kubuntu and Mandriva (both pretty good, Mandriva has the edge if you use KDE), but look around, download some live CDs and try a few - there are plenty of good desktop distros around these days. I find it worth the effort of trying a few things to get what suits me best.
i'm not an expert but i would assume gimp can do that.
Can Gimp do multiple images at once?
That why I suggested ImageMagick, it is designed for batch manipulations.
Some of the photo management apps can do it as well - Digikam can, but you can only select photos from one album at a time.
Yep, Gimp can do that. I have Gimp installed, but for batch processing I needed a plugin. And I failed to install that, see my first message of this thread.
Have you solved the problem yet? Let us know how it goes.
Incidentally, upgrading with a fresh install is almost certain to leave you without the installation problems.