bins_edit -- Set fields in XML picture description files for BINS


bins_edit [-a | --album] [-m | --html] [-t title | --title title] [-e event | --event event] [-l location | --location location] [-p people | --people people] [-y date | --date date] [-d description | --description description] [--longdesc longDescription] [--shortdesc shortDescription] [--sample pictureFileName] [-g tag=value | --generic tag=value] [-h | --help] [-v | --verbose] [-q | --quiet] [file] [files...]


This manual page documents briefly the bins_edit command.

This manual page was written for the Debian distribution because the original program does not have a manual page. Instead, it has documentation in HTML in /usr/share/doc/bins/index.html as well as a --help option.

bins_edit sets values in the XML picture description files that bins(1) uses to generate galleries.


This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below.


By default, file is the filename of the XML file with the image properties. If the argument has no .xml suffix, it is added, so you can directly give picture names on the command line. Spaces and other special characters (even newlines) can be used in values given as parameters as long as they are enclosed between quotes.

If the --album option is given, the filename refers to the directory of images, and the album.xml in that directory will be modified instead.

-a, --album

edit album description (instead of the default of editing the image description.) In this case, the file parameter must be the source directory of the album. Only the --title, --longdesc, --shortdesc and --sample switches make sense with this option.

-m, --html

input value will be interpreted as HTML code, thus, no HTML encoding or quoting will be done.

-t title, --title title

Set the title (of an image.)

-e event, --event event

Set the event name (of an album or image.)

-l location, --location location

Set the location (of an image.)

-p people, --people people

Set the list of people (of an image.)

-y date, --date date

Set the date (of an image.)

-d description, --description description

Set the description (of an image.)

--longdesc longDescription

Set the long description (of an album.)

--shortdesc shortDescription

Set the short description (of an album.)

--sample pictureFileName

Select the sample picture, within this album, to be used on the album list (template subalbum.html.) Note that the filename is relative to the album directory, and thus doesn't have a directory component.

-g tag=value, --generic tag=value

This lets you set arbitrary fields in the relevant XML file (of the image or the album.) Generic tags appear inside description which appears inside image; the tag appears as the name attribute of a field element, and the value appears as the content of the element.

-h, --help

Gives quick help (which this man page is based on.)

-v, --verbose

This switch can appear several times to increase verbosity level.

-q, --quiet

Suppress output.


Set the title of the Image.jpg file to "My picture":

bins_edit -t "My picture" Image.jpg

Set the title and location of all JPEG pictures in the directory:

bins_edit --title Holiday --location Paris *.jpg

Use of HTML values:

bins_edit --html --description '<b>BINS</b> is cool' file.jpg

Set the title short description and sample image of the album in the current directory (note the dot as final parameter):

bins_edit -a -t "My Album" --sample image.jpg --shortdesc "This is my album" .


bins (1).


This manual page was written by Mark W. Eichin for the Debian system (but may be used by others). As it is mostly derived from the bins_edit program itself, it is covered by the GNU General Public License.