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Update EXIF datetime data from filename pattern (if not set) or update file timestamps from EXIF metadata (if it is set)
# Simple script to parse JPG photo filename and set exif datetime,
# creation date and file modification date accordingly.
# Filename pattern is YYYYMMDD_hhmmss.
# Timezone is taken by your PC.
# exec this script by searching for .JPG and .jpg files in given folder
# find . -type f -name "*.JPG" -o -name "*.jpg" -exec /path/to/ {} \;
if [ -z "$1" ]; then
echo "Error: no input file as argument. Exiting..."
exit 1
echo "Working on: $filepath ..."
year=$(echo "$filename" | cut -c1-4)
month=$(echo "$filename" | cut -c5-6)
day=$(echo "$filename" | cut -c7-8)
hour=$(echo "$filename" | cut -c10-11)
mins=$(echo "$filename" | cut -c12-13)
secs=$(echo "$filename" | cut -c14-15)
arg2="$year:$month:$day $hour:$mins:$secs"
echo "Parsed data: $arg2"
# from exiftool docs:
# "If the Geotime tag is not specified, the value of DateTimeOriginal
# is used for geotagging. Local system time is assumed unless
# DateTimeOriginal contains a timezone."
# if datetimeoriginal is set, set file modification and file creation dates to datetimeoriginal value
#exiftool -if 'defined $datetimeoriginal and not $datetimeoriginal =~ /(^\s*$)/' \
exiftool -if 'defined $datetimeoriginal and not $datetimeoriginal =~ /(^\s*$)/' \
"-FileCreateDate<DateTimeOriginal" "-FileModifyDate<DateTimeOriginal" "$filepath"
# if datetimeoriginal is missing, is empty or contains only spaces, set datetimeoriginal from data parsed from filename
exiftool -if 'not defined $datetimeoriginal or $datetimeoriginal =~ /(^\s*$)/' \
-overwrite_original -DateTimeOriginal="$arg2" -filemodifydate="$arg2" \
-FileCreateDate="$arg2" -createdate="$arg2" -modifydate="$arg2" "$filepath"
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