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I have to locate masters upon every Aperture run

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May 7, 2012 12:45 AM

I have 2 macs and I have installed Aperture 3 on both of them. I have no issue with one, but on the other on Aperture startup I have to locate all the masters every time.


Both computers have local images, external to Aperture Library and once I relink the images I can continue to work normally. The necessity to relink all the masters everytime is very annoying and I'd like to understand why this happens: if this is an issue related to the installation itself or a "feature" that I haven't yet discovered and that I'd like to disable...


Let me try to answer to the obvious questions:

- Both my Macs are uptodate with OS and Aperture

- The masters images are always in the very same location

- File permissions should be OK

- Image's masters had been positioned in the filesystem on Import and never moved

- The problem doesn't happen when I switch projects, only on Aperture startup or when I switch from one Aperture Library to another

- When I locate the masters of one project, then the masters in other projects get located too


Anybody had the same problem? Thanks for helping.

Aperture 3, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)

    This looks like you may have a problem with file permissions - if Aperture cannot write to the Preference file or to parts of the Aperture library then it cannot save your current setings, and you will have to start all over again, when you switch libraries or relaunch Aperture. Try the "Aperture Trouble Shooting Basics" to repair the permissions in your Aperture Library and if that does not help to remove the Aperture Preference File.


    See here: Aperture 3: Troubleshooting Basics:


    I'd suggest to start with the Library First Aid tool : Press and hold the Option and Command keys as you start Aperture. When the First Aid Window pops up select the option to Repair Permissions then click the Repair button.


    Also do the "Repair Database", if fixing permissions did not do the trick.


    If you still have no luck, remove the Aperture User Preferences "" (you may have to reset some settings afterwards).


    • Quit Aperture.
    • In the Finder choose "Go to folder" from the Go menu.
    • Type
      in the "Go to the folder" field. Press the Go button.
    • Remove the "" file from the Preferences folder.


    Post back, if that did not solve the problem.


    Good luck



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)

    I always see the volume with the masters "offline".


    Hello, Egidio,


    And your home-directory is on the system volume, or have you moved it to an external volume? is your home folder maybe on a file server?


    Have you recently checked your harddrive? Use Didk Utility to check your system drive.


    If I try to mount it, nothing happens, the mount button simply goes gray.

    You mean the moun/unmount button in the screenshot above?

    This may happen, if Aperture notices, that the volume is online already.



    You also have removed the Preferences, right?

    I still think their might be something wrong either with your Library or some settings in your User account, so that Aperture cannot store the correct status of the master files.


    You could do two tests, to check that:

    • create a new, empty Aperture library for testing and import a few images; reference these. See if you have the same trouble with this new library.
    • If the new library works fine, then the problem is  probably your old library.
    • If also the new library does not work, try the same from a new user account. If you have the same trouble in different ,new account, then it is a system wide trouble, and either your hardware, your system, or Aperture needs fixing.


    If you find, that only your current library does not work, then try the last option and rebuild your library (rebuid database); but make sure you have a working backup, before you do that.


    Since your masters are on the same volume as your Aperture library, you may also consider to consolidate the library temporarily after rebuilding it. This will move the master image files into your Aperture library and turn your library into a managed library, If this works, you can relocate the masters again to reference them later.


    "Rebuild Database" cannot fix all corruptions.  There are other options to recreate an Aperture library, but those are more involved, so we should stick with the routine procedure for now.


    On startup I get no errors inside the console, except this one:


         5/7/12 6:26:28.579 PM Aperture: The class 'NSProMenuItem' overrides the method identifier.  This method is implemented by class 'NSMenuItem'


    which sounds completely safe. Is there a way to get Aperture to log more verbosely?


    I have never seen this particular error message. Do you have any plug-ins installed?


    Is there a way to get Aperture to log more verbosely?

    I don't know any option to do that. But you can launch the Activity Viewer (Window -> Show Activity)

    to see more information on the tasks currently performed.




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)



    my volume is encrypted with FileVault,


    I have never used Aperture together with a file vault, but it may be possible that  the encryption is causing the offline status of your masters.


    Would it be possible for you to relocate your masters out of your vault or are the images sensitive data and need protection?

    At least try, if relocating some of your masters to a folder outside your encrypted folder will keep them online after restarting Aperture. Or would it be too much bother to change the filevault seting so that a part of your volume is outside the vault?




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)

    You are welcome, Egidio.

    Please keep us postedwhat happens.




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)

    I have never had a reason to try this myself, but maybe Frank Caggiano's solution works for you:


    Re: Reconnect for referenced files not working


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