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Old 09-26-2010, 04:57 AM   #1
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Question Hello..

Hi there Folks.. I am Ramesh from Chennai, India. I've just downloaded the Calibre ebook manager and I am absolutely stunned! It is really Awesome!!! Kudos to the creator!

I have one problem though..Very stupidly, without reading the manual first, I used the same directory where my ebooks are available when I installed Calibre first. I think this has resulted in a duplication because my disk space has gone down drastically.. Can someone please tell me how to set it right and get back the disk space?

Thanking you all in advance!

Cheers

Ramesh

By the way, I am not that much tech savvy and hence you may think this question is stupid.. it could be true too! LOL

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Old 09-26-2010, 05:26 AM   #2
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Good to have your company, Ramesh. I've used Calibre exclusively for the past couple of years. As you say 'awesome' library software. I'm afraid, though, the you'll have to wait a little for someone with more technical nous than I have. Just popped by to say hello to a new member. Best wishes. Neil
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You may be able to 'Move' the library, leaving all the originals intact, as long as they didn't follow calibre'snaming scheme.

Press the Library icon, select a new directory, and make sure 'Move library' is selected.

Good luck!
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:36 AM   #4
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The easiest thing to do would be to click on the Library icon at the top of the Calibre screen and select the option to Move the library to a new folder. This will cause Calibre to move the files it know about to a new location leaving behind any files that are not part of its library.

Note that when you add books to Calibre it makes a copy of the book, leaving the original unchanged. Therefore I would expect your disk space to reduce as at this point you have 2 copies of every ebook file. It is up to you whether you want to keep the original or simply rely on the copy that is stored within Calibre and therefore delete the original (or perhaps move it to an archive so it can be kept offline).
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:39 AM   #5
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Good to have your company, Ramesh. I've used Calibre exclusively for the past couple of years. As you say 'awesome' library software. I'm afraid, though, the you'll have to wait a little for someone with more technical nous than I have. Just popped by to say hello to a new member. Best wishes. Neil
Thank you so much Neil! That was so kind of ya!!!
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You may be able to 'Move' the library, leaving all the originals intact, as long as they didn't follow calibre'snaming scheme.

Press the Library icon, select a new directory, and make sure 'Move library' is selected.

Good luck!
Thank you so much Perkin..Let me try that out!
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:41 AM   #7
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The easiest thing to do would be to click on the Library icon at the top of the Calibre screen and select the option to Move the library to a new folder. This will cause Calibre to move the files it know about to a new location leaving behind any files that are not part of its library.

Note that when you add books to Calibre it makes a copy of the book, leaving the original unchanged. Therefore I would expect your disk space to reduce as at this point you have 2 copies of every ebook file. It is up to you whether you want to keep the original or simply rely on the copy that is stored within Calibre and therefore delete the original (or perhaps move it to an archive so it can be kept offline).
Thank you Itimpi! I think my problem is solved with your and Perkin's suggestions and Neil's good will!!!
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I'm surprised calibre, when using the Welcome Wizard that asks the user where to put the calibre library, doesn't post a warning to not use a folder containing books to be put on calibre (or something like that). The same warning (or a similar one) should also be posted if a user tries to add a book and save it into the same folder it came from. That would reduce the number of complaints of original libraries getting messed up by calibre.
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I'm surprised calibre, when using the Welcome Wizard that asks the user where to put the calibre library, doesn't post a warning to not use a folder containing books to be put on calibre (or something like that). The same warning (or a similar one) should also be posted if a user tries to add a book and save it into the same folder it came from. That would reduce the number of complaints of original libraries getting messed up by calibre.
I wonder why it could not check the destination, if non-empty, for a the existence of metadata.db (existing library) and complain that the destination is not empty.
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I wonder why it could not check the destination, if non-empty, for a the existence of metadata.db (existing library) and complain that the destination is not empty.
That should work for the Welcome Wizard. Some other way would be needed if the same file folder was being used as destination and source when adding books.
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:20 PM   #11
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I wonder why it could not check the destination, if non-empty, for a the existence of metadata.db (existing library) and complain that the destination is not empty.
Because you can use the welcome wizard to point calibre to an existing library.
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Because you can use the welcome wizard to point calibre to an existing library.
that is why I specified and does not contain "Metadata.db" , as we all know is "legit"
(my syntax above was a little mumbled)
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I wasn't suggesting blocking such actions, just a pop-up that would warn new users of the dangers of using the same folder for source and destination. Once warned, users could check off to not display the warning in the future.
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I wasn't suggesting blocking such actions, just a pop-up that would warn new users of the dangers of using the same folder for source and destination. Once warned, users could check off to not display the warning in the future.
calibre will already prevent you from using save to disk to put files into yuor calibre library folder. Try it and see.
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calibre will already prevent you from using save to disk to put files into yuor calibre library folder. Try it and see.
Since I wasn't referring to save to disk, I don't need to try it to believe you. I was referring to hopefully (yeah, I know, I'm dreaming) preventing new users, when first setting up calibre, from making the mistake of, when asked to designate a location for the calibre library, choosing the same folder their existing books are located, then complaining that "calibre" messed up their books and the way they had them organized. It was only dumb luck that kept me from making that mistake myself
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