8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 15, 2013 6:11 PM by zBernie2
zBernie2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have numerous, maybe all, of the photos in my photo stream are duplicated.  One file name is upper case, then duplicated in lower case.  I revealed the photos in Finder, and you can see the duplicate photo example below.  On file is IMG_1072.JPG and the other is img_1072.jpg.  The timestamp of the files are hours apart.

 

Anyone else experiencing this anomaly?

 

 

-rw-------@ 1 bernie  staff  2150761 Dec 23 11:22 /Users/bernie/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/sub/016a281bb19f7638e42fb220e9cc9b48a1738e3 5ee/IMG_1072.JPG

 

 

-rw-------@ 1 bernie  staff  4060588 Dec 23 23:40 /Users/bernie/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/sub/01d4fc42c97ff5416045f7ad608d4ac0721944f bb9/img_1072.jpg


MacBook Pro
  • 1. Re: Anyone else seeing photo stream duplicate files?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    Are the files the same size?

  • 2. Re: Anyone else seeing photo stream duplicate files?
    zBernie2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can see from the info screen shot below that one file is 2.2 MB and the other is 4.1 MB.   I did a web search for photo stream duplicate issues, and did not find one thread regarding this!  I don't know what is causing the duplicates yet, but I have my suspicions.  Here are three things that have changed recently which may be related to the problem:

     

    1. I installed Aperture, which shares the same library as iPhoto. 

    2. I recently began sharing my photo stream, but I'm not sure if the dups occurred before or after that.

    3. I created an Image Capture plugin which copies image files from my iPhone to a directory, changes file names to lower case, uses ImageMagick to add a small date stamp, etc.  But I haven't even run this workflow on the two files listed below yet.

     

    So, I'm still investigating...

     

    Screen Shot 2012-12-26 at 8.58.22 PM.png

  • 3. Re: Anyone else seeing photo stream duplicate files?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    I'd be looking at No. 3, as I note the file names are lower case...

  • 4. Re: Anyone else seeing photo stream duplicate files?
    zBernie2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Evidently the duplicates in my photo stream are not caused by any of the items I mentioned previously.  Here's all I have to do to reproduce the duplicate photos issue:

     

     

    1. Take a photo with iPhone 4s.

     

    2. Export the photo from photo stream, and add to my media library which resides on a thunderbolt drive.

     

    3. Drag and drop the directory containing the photos into iPhoto.  E.g., I dragged the "Christmas" directory to iPhoto recently.

     

    Now the same photos in the photo stream AND the Christmas event both show up in the photo stream as a duplicate.   Note that I'm using iPhoto in a reference library capacity.  So I guess the question becomes, why is a photo in the Christmas event showing up as a duplicate in photo stream?  Curious!

     

    -Thanks

  • 5. Re: Anyone else seeing photo stream duplicate files?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    There's no way to use Photostream with a Referenced Library, so when you do your step 3, you're importing a second copy of the image.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • 6. Re: Anyone else seeing photo stream duplicate files?
    zBernie2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't understand how using a reference library results in photos referenced by that library, show up in photo stream twice, since I'm importing it as a separate event from photo stream.

     

    I've read the pros and cons of using iPhoto as reference library, but it works extremely well for my purposes..  I have a 13 year old media library which is just over 200GB.  But my iPhoto reference library is only 4.5 GB!  The actual photos and videos reside on a 4TB thunderbolt drive.  I then have a launchd job which rsync's the iPhoto library to my wife's iMac, and to my Macbook Pro.  So I have most of the advantages of iPhoto and Aperture, without the huge library.

     

    If I could only resolve this duplicate photo issue!

     

    -Thanks

  • 7. Re: Anyone else seeing photo stream duplicate files?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)

    Apologies, I've been working on the basis that your issue was the files being duplicated in iPhoto not in Photostream. D'oh! as Homer Simpson might say.

     

    iPhoto -> Preferences -> Photostream. Is Automatic Upload checked?

  • 8. Re: Anyone else seeing photo stream duplicate files?
    zBernie2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I have "Automatic Upload" checked.  I also have "Automatic Import" checked, which sounds like it could be the culprit too:

     

    "Include my Photo Stream photos in Events, Photos, Faces and Places"