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These are old, worn-out magic words. The new truth is here.

  1. Create a directory under your Photos directory. A good name would be related to the date:
    $ mkdir -p ~/Photos/20040522
    $ cd ~/Photos/20040522
  2. Install the photos into the directory. If they're in another directory, use ln:
    $ ln /home/grog/Photos/20040522/* .

    If you get a lot of messages like this:

    ln: ./dscn2035.jpg: Cross-device link
    use the command
    $ ln -s /home/grog/Photos/20040522/* .
    Check that it works by listing the directory:
    $ l
    total 30
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1103874 May 22 05:57 dscn2035.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1096585 May 22 05:57 dscn2036.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel   941635 May 22 05:58 dscn2037.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel   964730 May 22 05:58 dscn2038.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1085246 May 22 06:00 dscn2039.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1106146 May 22 06:00 dscn2040.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1076254 May 22 06:00 dscn2041.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1039727 May 22 06:03 dscn2042.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1092321 May 22 06:03 dscn2043.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1218451 May 22 07:01 dscn2045.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1162945 May 22 07:02 dscn2046.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1047639 May 22 17:24 dscn2047.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1069320 May 22 17:24 dscn2048.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1009933 May 22 17:24 dscn2049.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel   967944 May 22 17:25 dscn2050.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel   993443 May 22 17:25 dscn2051.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1017239 May 22 17:25 dscn2052.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1114502 May 22 17:26 dscn2053.jpg
    -rwxr-xr-x  2 grog  wheel  1001059 May 22 17:26 dscn2054.jpg
  3. Enter
    $ xv *&
    to look at the photos and decide which ones you want to keep. Press the right button to get this menu:


    You may need to change the photos:

    If the photos are on their side, rotate with the image buttons above AutoCrop on the xv menu.

    The photos may be too dark:


    In this case, press e to get this menu:


    Position the cursor over the Intensity field at bottom middle and press g:


    Enter a value between 1.5 and 2 and press Enter. You should see something like this:


    The quality will be worse; use as low a gamma value as you can.

    You may find that there's lots of irrelevant stuff in the photo:


    Select the section you want with the cursor, then press the Crop button on the xv menu:


    To save the image, choose a descriptive name, such as yvonne-on-lady.jpeg. The name must end in .jpeg. Press the Save button. You'll see this menu:


    Make sure that the Format at the top says JPEG (select it if not), and that the Normal Size button at the bottom is set, as shown. Enter the name in the Save-file box and press Enter. You'll see


    Press Enter again. It should save the message. You might see this, though:


    This means that the file is there already. Decide whether you want to replace it or use a different name.

    If you don't need to change the photo at all, you have the choice: save it anyway, or at the shell prompt enter:

    $ ln dscn2057.jpg yvonne-on-lady.jpeg
  4. When you have processed all the photos, enter:
    $ make web

    This may take some time, depending on the number of photos. At the end, you should have twos files in your public_html directory: Photos-20040522.html and Thumbnails-20040522.html You can look at them directly, but you should probably edit them before showing it to anybody else. In particular, you should change the title and the descriptions, which at this point are simply the names of the files.

  5. When you're happy that the images are OK, put them on the external web site:

    $ make sync

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