The development of MeDaMa has been abandoned. It might not even
compile any longer on a modern Lisp implementation. The are several
reasons behind this decision:
- CLG, sadly,
doesn't have a maintainer already for quite some years and
requires more and more tweaks the older it gets
- The target Lisp systems (CMUCL and SBCL) are still based on a
memory allocation method that is not foreign library friendly;
GTK would run out of memory very quickly just performing the
most basic operations
- Lack of time on my side
- Out there are better programs that do almost the same thing
(although based on a RDBMS, which I meant to avoid like the
If you are still interested in having a peek in its code, what
follows is the original page.
(medama-20150207T213705.tbz) is a
meta-data manager in general, and a picture manager in particular,
written to archive, sort and ultimately make sense of my increasingly
messy collection of photographs. Although still under development it
can already do several things:
Associate arbitrary meta-data (in form of tag and string
pairs) to any file no matter its type. Support for
simultaneous tagging of sets of files.
Search files by filename, meta-data (also using regular
expressions) and date. Automatic generation of search queries of
Move, copy, rename, delete files.
Create file lists as if they were collections.
Preview images internally, or show them with your favourite
Create web galleries in the style you want. Styles can be
saved and used again.
Create CD/DVD images (optionally burn them right away) of
collection of files.
Support for drag-and-drop.
Tag-sensitive content completion history.
Files don't need to support any type of tagging as the
metadata is kept separate from the file it belongs to.
No centrilised database. MeDaMa doesn't even require a particular
directory structure (besides its own hidden directories) and
meta-data can be added to any file wherever it happens to be.
No need for awkward backup/restores when moving files
around either. Meta-data is kept right next to the file.
You can move or copy your directories with normal shell
commands or create CD-ROM images of any portion of your
directory tree and your metadata will follow.
MeDaMa doesn't impose on you any semantic restriction on the
metadata you associate to your files. Although some tags
are suggested as standard, others can be freely
added on the spur of the moment.
MeDaMa doesn't even enforce an arbitrary meaning to things like
categories, collections, keywords, albums, etc. Users are free to
do anything they like with meta-data tags.
MeDaMa doesn't impose any special organisational behaviour or work
Although some of the most common commands have been already
implemented, MeDaMa is extensible and new operations can be
added with few mouse clicks.
On CMUCL it's quite responsive. On SBCL it's even faster but
rather fragile, due to some issues still pending in the use of
Not using a traditional database, it may be a little slow on
search over large directory trees, but for many practical
applications (like collection of photographs), the speed penalty
is acceptable as the metadata is a tiny fraction of the data.
No loss of data has ever been reported this far.
To compile, a Makefile is provided; just type
after a while you should be able to run
mdm from your
Some screen shots:
|| The directory browser mode.
|| The search mode.
|| The preview mode.
|| The gallery creation dialog.
|| The CD/DVD image creation dialog: selection
of the output file.
|| The CD/DVD image creation dialog: filesystem parameters.
|| The CD/DVD image creation dialog: filesystem
parameters with automatic splitting.
|| The CD/DVD image creation dialog: burn parameteres.
|| The CD/DVD image creation dialog: process output.
|| A gallery. In the real galleries produced by
MeDaMa the thumbnail links to an HTML page that shows the
picture's metadata as well.
|| Another gallery.
All the photographs on these pages are copyright Walter
C. Pelissero. All rights are reserved. No copy, manipulation or
transfer, beside for the sake of personal view of the page where
they appear on, is allowed. Also the direct linking of web pages to
the single photograph image is forbidden.
If you need to have them, much higher resolution hard copies are
available on request.
Copyright © Walter C. Pelissero, all rights reserved
Last modified: Tue Feb 14 11:55:50 CET 2012