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On my RMBP (10.8.2) Aperture 3.4.3 won't start due to a database error

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On my RMBP (10.8.2) Aperture 3.4.3 will not start due to a database error.  Command+Option start of Aperture is giving me the same error and not giving me a repair/rebuild choice.  My iPhoto library (migrated from iPhoto to Aperture a couple of weeks ago) is kept on an external LaCie SSD which I have been unmounting when I take the MBP to work.  I did notice earlier today that I had a '/Volumes/LaCie' and '/Volumes/LaCie 1'.  Rebooting the MBP caused the '/Volumes/LaCie 1' to go away and I only see '/Volumes/LaCie' now.


The precise error I'm getting is "There was an error opening the database for the library “/Volumes/LaCie/iPhoto Library”. "



Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)

    Did you try double-clicking the Library file from a Finder window?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)

      It was in the middle of a Flickr sync and I disconnected the external LaCie cable (Thunderbolt) because I coult not get the disk to dismount because  Aperture had it open while sync'ing.  A lesson learned was to unset the automatic Flickr sync option from Aperture.

    This can corrupt your Aperture library, and even the file system on the drive so that you may be unable to mount it. Really no good idea.


    Aperture has a buil-in facility to stop running activities. Launch the Activity Viewer (from the main menu bar):

         Window > Show Activity.

    In this window you can see the status of ongoing activities and may cancel them safely.





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