TIFF and LibTiff Mail List Archive


2008.12.17 20:54 "[Tiff] Deleting tags from a directory", by Frank Warmerdam
2008.12.18 04:56 "[Tiff] tiffvers.h - TIFFLIB_RELEASE macro addition", by Frank Warmerdam
2008.12.18 21:56 "Re: [Tiff] 3.9.0 release, Was: tiffvers.h - TIFFLIB_RELEASE macro addition", by Frank Warmerdam
2009.01.21 04:07 "[Tiff] libtiff 4.0.0beta3", by Frank Warmerdam
2009.01.22 07:15 "[Tiff] Bugzilla not available?", by Rob Eisink
2009.02.05 18:38 "[Tiff] assertions, and building with DEBUG/NDEBUG", by Frank Warmerdam
2009.02.07 14:10 "Re: [Tiff] The OJPEG bug 1996", by

2008.12.17 20:54 "[Tiff] Deleting tags from a directory", by Frank Warmerdam


I have a client who needs to be able to remove a colormap from an existing TIFF file. This reveals a problem that has vexed me a number of times before when trying to update TIFF files "in place". There does not appear to be any mechanism to delete a tag from an existing directory.

I propose, in libtiff4 to add a TIFFUnsetField() function which will remove a tag from the current directory if present. It would be implemented like this:

  * Clear the contents of the field in the internal structure.
TIFFUnsetField(TIFF* tif, uint32 tag)

     const TIFFField *fip =  TIFFFieldWithTag(tif, tag);
     TIFFDirectory* td = &tif->tif_dir;

     if( !fip )
         return 0;

     if( fip->field_bit != FIELD_CUSTOM )
         TIFFClrFieldBit(tif, fip->field_bit);
         TIFFTagValue *tv;
         int i;

         for (i = 0; i < td->td_customValueCount; i++) {

             tv = td->td_customValues + i;
             if( tv->info->field_tag == tag )

         if( i < td->td_customValueCount )
             for( ; i < td->td_customValueCount-1; i++) {
                 td->td_customValues[i] = td->td_customValues[i+1];

     tif->tif_flags |= TIFF_DIRTYDIRECT;

     return (1);

Does anyone know of any problems with this change? Is there already a way for applications to remove tags I'm not aware of? So far, I have only tested the above a wee bit. The following sample program demonstrates turning a paletted file into unpaletted form:

#include "tiffio.h"

int main()

     TIFF *hTIFF;

     hTIFF = TIFFOpen( "cm.tif", "r+" );

         printf( "Set photometric successful.\n" );
         printf( "Set photometric failed.\n" );

     if( TIFFUnsetField( hTIFF, TIFFTAG_COLORMAP ) )
         printf( "clear colormap successful.\n" );
         printf( "clear colormap failed.\n" );

     TIFFClose( hTIFF );

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