6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 5, 2012 4:19 PM by keithfromsouth yarmouth
keithfromsouth yarmouth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Everytime I open iphoto I get the following message:  iphoto has detected inconsistencies in your library (cancel or repair)  I have selected repair and it still happens evertime I open it.  I exported some pix to Apeture and got a similar message in apeture that it too wanted to fix a library problem.  I am running 9.2.3 on a iMac.  I have had multiple problems with iphoto after several of the past upgrades.  iphoto will not recognize some of my older photos showing only a small thumbnail.  I have rebuilt the library but am still having issues.  Thoughts?


iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: iphoto has detect inconsistencies in your library
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,790 points)

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. This will create a new library based on data in the albumdata.xml file. Not everything will be brought over - no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your albums and keywords back.

     

    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one. 

  • 2. Re: iphoto has detect inconsistencies in your library
    keithfromsouth yarmouth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I downloaded iPhoto Library Manager and attempted to use the rebuilt function and received the following error message

     

    Could not write iPhoto preferences to /Users/keithritchie/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iPhoto.plist (13)

  • 3. Re: iphoto has detect inconsistencies in your library
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,790 points)

    Repair permissions with Disk Utility and try again.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • 4. Re: iphoto has detect inconsistencies in your library
    keithfromsouth yarmouth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No luck repair permissions and received the same message when I attempted to rebuild the library

     

    Could not write iPhoto preferences to /Users/keithritchie/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iPhoto.plist (13)

  • 5. Re: iphoto has detect inconsistencies in your library
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,790 points)

    Try trash them.

     

    Try trash the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder.

     

    (On 10.7: Hold the option (or alt) key while clicking on the Go menu in Finder to access the User Library)

     

    (Remember you'll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you've moved your library you'll need to point iPhoto at it again.)

     

    What's the plist file?

     

    For new users: Every application on your Mac has an accompanying plist file. It records certain User choices. For instance, in your favourite Word Processor it remembers your choice of Default Font, on your Web Browser is remembers things like your choice of Home Page. It even recalls what windows you had open last if your app allows you to pick up from where you left off last. The iPhoto plist file remembers things like the location of the Library, your choice of background colour, whether you are running a Referenced or Managed Library, what preferences you have for autosplitting events and so on. Trashing the plist file forces the app to generate a new one on the next launch, and this restores things to the Factory Defaults. Hence, if you've changed any of these things you'll need to reset them. If you haven't, then no bother. Trashing the plist file is Mac troubleshooting 101.

  • 6. Re: iphoto has detect inconsistencies in your library
    keithfromsouth yarmouth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This seems to have worked although not a pictures were copied into the rebuilt library.  I suppose I can export them from the old to the new library?  thanks