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30GB library shared from central location

512 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 11, 2012 11:42 AM by 105437 RSS
105437 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 4, 2012 6:35 PM

I have a 30GB iPhoto library that I'd like to centrally share from my Mac that I'm using as a media server. What is the best way to allow users with iPhoto to access this library and add photos, create albums etc. The users will be my family and they will be accessing this library only while connected to my wireless network in my home.


I tried sharing the entire library from the media server; however, when opening iPhoto on a "client" Mac it sees the shared library but it fails to shows all of the photos when clicking albums.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 9:23 PM (in response to 105437)

    what is the format of the Media Server?



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,720 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 11:06 PM (in response to 105437)

    Truly, there isn't a good way. iPhoto is not a server app, only one use can access it at a time and a strong warning: If you're trying to edit the Library (that is, make albums, move photos around, keyword, make books or slideshows etc.) or edit individual photos in it via Wireless be very careful. Dropouts are a common fact of wireless networking, and should one occur while the app is writing to the database then your Library will be damaged. Simply, I would not do this with my Libraries. 


    How are you 'sharing the entire library'?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,720 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 8:41 AM (in response to 105437)

    The only way to allow for everyone to add/remove/edit is to have everyone open the Library - that's your option 2. For best results: put it on a disk, formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and set to ignore permissions. (In otherwords, not a start-up disk) Other wise you risk having persistent permissions issues. As for wireless working, well you've been warned.






  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,720 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 11:14 PM (in response to 105437)

    If iPhoto is open then it'e being used by someone...


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