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Clearing "properties"/"metadata" from files in linux mint


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#1 rp88

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Posted 25 June 2016 - 05:22 PM

Ok, on windows you find that files often have metadata attached, photos might have things like the camera used to take them and it's focal settings when the picture was taken, audio files might have beats per minute readings or artists and album titles, all sorts of files can have tags which might be of help when searching through large lists of files for those with particular qualities, zip files may have a whole load of other dates besides the dates of creation and modification, on more modern versions of windows you can even give files star ratings of how much you like them...

One can ofcourse clear these "properties"/"metadata" by right clicking on the file,then "properties", going into the right hand most tab of the window that appears, the using one of the "create copies with all possible properties removed" or "clear selected properties from this file" options.

What is the equivalent of this in linux mint?

Is there a quick way, though hopefully without having to use command line methods, to do this for tens or hundreds of files at once. On windows you generally have to do the files one at a time because they might not all have all the possible properties so if you try and do many files at once it doesn't necessarily clear all the properties.

Specifically I'm asking this in the context of linux mint 17.3 MATE.

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Edited by rp88, 25 June 2016 - 05:22 PM.

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Posted 25 June 2016 - 06:57 PM

batch jobs (applying opperations to hundreds of files) are typically done only via command line.
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Posted 25 June 2016 - 07:57 PM

Here is a program you can install to clear the metadat on files.

 

http://xmodulo.com/remove-file-metadata-linux.html

 

Never used it so I can't comment on how it works. Seems simple enough though.


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