1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 31, 2012 10:57 AM by stormlvr
stormlvr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I deleted a bunch of versions along with some masters.  The number by the Trash in the inspector indicated there were 396 versions in the trash.  I clicked "empty Aperture trash" and expected it to empty as usual, but it seemed to be taking an extra long time.  I had the "Activity Monitor" on at the time and, indeed, both the processor and RAM appeared to be maxed.  (I have a mid 2009 MacBook Pro, 15 inch, 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8 GB RAM, running OSX 10.6.8).  I waited a while, but it didn't seem to improve.  Curious about what progress had been made, I clicked "Show Activity" in Aperture.  It showed a status of 10%,  soon thereafter, it said "deleting 2 of 784"!!!!!  Why would it be deleting nearly twice as many versions as are in the trash?  I have never had the "Show Activity" window open before when emptying the trash, so I don't know if this is normal or not, but it had me worried.  I wanted to cancel the process and find out if it was normal before continuing, but the "Cancel Task" button in the activity window was greyed out, and therefore, not an option.  I waited and waited, all the while worrying about what other versions it was planning on deleting.  It seemed to be at a stand-still.  There was no spinning beach ball, and I was able to use the cursor, but the Activity Window didn't show any more versions being deleted.  I know I'll get criticized for the next few things I did, as I'm sure I probably should not have done them:  I decided to try quitting Aperture, since I could find no other way to cancel the task.  The progress bar got about half way through and then seemed to stall.  Again, I waited and waited and waited.  Finally, I reluctantly clicked on "Aperture" in the "Activity Monitor" and then "Quit Process", to force quit the process.  I then put the computer to sleep for a while.  When I came back, I clicked "restart" to clear the RAM (Activity Monitor indicated about 5 MB of Page Outs--don't ask me what the other stats were, as I don't recall).  I opened Aperture to see what would happen.  It opened fine.  The only immediate noticeable problem is that while the trash still indicates 396 items are in it, no previews show in the window.  It is all grey.


My questions are as follows:


1) As asked above: Why would Aperture be deleting 784 versions when only 396 are in the trash?

2) What is the next best step for me to take?  I am wanting to delete the 396 versions, but not unknow extras!  I can't see what's in the trash.


Thanks, in advance, for any insight.

  • 1. Re: I have 396 versions in the Aperture trash, but Aperture's deleting 784 versions?
    stormlvr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Update:  I did an extended hardware test (just in case a hardware issue was causing my problem)--no problems found.  I then went through the Aperture troubleshooting steps: I tried repairing permissions first, but I still could not see any of the images that were in the Aperture trash.  I then repaired the library.  This seems to have fixed things (at least upon initial assessment).  Afterward, I was able to see the images that were in the trash.  I opened the Activity Window to see what it said when I tried emptying the trash again.  This time it said it was deleting exactly the number of images that I expected it to delete (not twice as many this time!), and it emptied lickety split--as I had expected it to do the first time!  So, hopefully, all is now well with my system and library.  Still wondering why it was telling me it was deleting twice as many images as were in the trash the last time I tried, but overall, much happier today!