I want to catalog my optical data media (backups, documents, whatsnots) so I can find what disk a certain file is on and where that disk is located. I've seen What is a good application to catalog CDs?, but that's specific for audio collections and Windows – while I'm after data collections on Linux.
- easy cataloging by reading in the disk from its drive
- catalog files and directory structure
- additional fields for at least "location" (where is this disk stored)
- must be usable on Linux
- intuitive GUI
- light-weight, no heavy dependencies (such as e.g. KDE framework)
- should not depend on a specific desktop environment (such as KDE)
- should not have been abandoned "years ago" (actively maintained would be best)
Nice to haves:
- additional comments (manually edited)
- other optional fields that are useful in this context, eg. date+time the disk was burned, same for when cataloged
- open source preferred
- export to text format (for use with
grepand the likes)
- export to JSON, XML or the like
- command-line interface to e.g. quickly read in a disk or run a search
- previews for media (images, documents, etc). If present, I'd like an option to turn that off (no show-stopper, though)
Application should preferably be free to use – in terms of "free speech" and "free beer" alike.
A few findings from my search:
- Virtual Volumes View: seems to be actively maintained (last update: 2017-11-08 according to Sourceforge, though the files section says 2016-09-14) and adequately sized (less than 10M download for the Linux 64bit version). Could not find out whether it meets all above requirements.
- Basenji: this open-source and available at Github. Requires Mono and looks a bit old-fashioned. No complete feature list, so I cannot check how other requirements are met. Last release 2016-09-09, development seems to have stopped a week later.
- CDCat: this application is available even in the repos of most Linux distributions for years. Unfortunately, development seems to have stopped in 2013. Looks a bit old-fashioned, too.
- CDCollect: quite similar to Basenji. Again Mono and old-fashioned look. Last update 2006 – so obviously dead.
- Gnome Catalog: Really light-weight (60k download) – but last release 2009.
- Data Crow: Java based and seems to be actively maintained. For my case a bit too much media focused (videos & music), though it seems to handle "data based" collections as well.
- CDFly: looks pretty much like what I'm after – but hasn't seen an update since 2006, and one has to compile it oneself (Qt dependencies).
- GWhere (thanks fred_dot_u fro bringing this up) seems to come very close feature-wise – but looks a bit old fashioned, and has not seen an update in more than 10 years (last update: 2007-09-11)
I've possibly missed a few candidates. So which would you recommend (not limited to the ones I've mentioned) that meet my requirements?