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This article documents the configuration of
libgphoto2 to access digital cameras. Some digital cameras will mount as normal USB Storage Devices and may not require the use of libgphoto2.
Libgphoto2 is the core library designed to allow access to digital cameras by external (front end) programs, such as Digikam and gphoto2. The current 'officially' supported cameras are here (though more may work).
Installation and Configuration
# pacman -S libgphoto2
(Optional) gvfs (for Nautilus integration):
# pacman -S gvfs-gphoto2
(Optional) Command line interface:
# pacman -S gphoto2
Camera devices should be granted permission using ACLs. For this to work, users need to have consolekit or systemd running and the user session must be registered with them accordingly.
Check this using
/usr/bin/ck-list-sessions to verify a value of "TRUE" should be returned for both the "active" and "is-local" fields:
$ ck-list-sessions | grep TRUE active = TRUE is-local = TRUE
Users not wishing to use ACL's but rather wishing to use the old 'camera' group, should add the requisite users to the depreciated camera group and create a new udev rules file as follows:
# /usr/lib/libgphoto2/print-camera-list udev-rules version 175 group camera > /etc/udev/rules.d/40-gphoto.rules
If the camera is not present in any udev rule, can check vendor and product id and add it. To check it just run:
# lsusb ... Bus 001 Device 005: ID 04a9:318e Canon, Inc. ...
GPhoto2 is a command line client for libgphoto2. GPhoto2 allows access to the libgpohoto2 library from a terminal or from a script shell to perform any camera operation that can be done. This is the main user interface.
GPhoto2 also provides convenient debugging features for camera driver developers.
For advanced file manipulation, use
Frontend (external) Applications for GPhoto2
- gphotofs - allow using cameras with any tool able to read from a mounted filesystem.
Make sure that the user to which access should be granted is part of the storage group.