Using digikam in hardy to convert Canon G10 CR2 RAW photos to jpeg.

I found myself in a bit of a dilemma again because I’m still running Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) on my server. In the long run I will probably migrate my Xen-machines to running on KVM in line with Ubuntu 8.10 and 9.04. But for now that’s another project.

I have a Digikam installation on a Ubuntu Hardy that runs quite well. My problem recently arose when I tried to convert RAW images with the built in rawconverter (residing in the kipi-plugins package). I also tried using plainly dcraw wich is the utility that the rawconverter plugin is based on. Both of them returns an image that has a yellow tint. Diggin further I have come to the conclusion that new support for my camera is added in dcraw 8.89 and therefor I’m trying to build my own updated support for this into Digikam so that I can convert theese images until I decide to upgrade to the latest stable Ubuntu, Jaunty (9.04) or later.

I have succeded in compiling kipi-plugins and required packages that didn’t already exist or needed update. The problem now is that it seems like i need to upgrade Digikam too because it crashes using the new kipi-plugins.

My conclusion now is that I am probably better off trying to get that machine upgraded to Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty.