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Why does iphoto really never delete a photo?  Can someone explain.

1275 Views 30 Replies Latest reply: Feb 18, 2013 9:55 PM by Tigervision RSS
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)

    No, just the Cache.db file and the file.


    When you see the two 2013 libraries in the window click on each and see where they are located as the file path will be displayed just below the window.



    Maybe you have a second 2013 library somewhere else.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)

    Those files can get corrupted and deleting them causes them to be recreate back to original "factory" specs.  You just have to reset the preferences in iPhoto's preference panes back to what you had.  Also read the first Note in my first post here if you have your library somewhere other than in your Pictures folder.

    Physically, it has nothing to do with your library per se.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)

    Try booting in to Safe Mode,  Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode, and the reboot normally.  Launch iPhoto and see if that helps.  A Safe Mode books clears lots of system and application caches as well as run repair routines.  It has helped another user with a reoccurring problem.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)

    If your iPhoto came with your Mac or from an iLife disk do the following: delete the current application and all files with "iPhoto" in the file name with either a .PKG or .BOM extension that reside in the:


    HD/Library/Receipts folder (10.5 and earlier)


    or from the /var/db/receipts/  folder (10.6) .




    or from the /private/var/db/receipts folder (10.7 or later)


    Then install iPhoto from the source it came from originally.


    If you purchased iPhoto 9 from the App Store just move the iPhoto application to the Trash bin in the Dock, go to the App Store, go to Purchases and download and install.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)

    BOM stands for bill of materials and is used in Lion and later. The pkg files have similar info inside as to what's been installed previously.  With iPhoto having been purchased from the App Store deleting those files is probably not necessary. 


    There's no reason to move the libraries as you still want to use them, right?  It's only the application that needs to be moved/deleted.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)

    There is a way to create a library with ALL of the photos that are present in the Masters folder for comparison to what you've got now in case some of the orphaned photos in the Masters folder are ones that you might want to keep.


    Starting over from scratch with new library


    Start over with a new library and import the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from your original library as follows:


    1. Open the library package like this.





    2. Launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and, when asked, select the option to create a new library.


    3. Drag the subfolders of the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from the open iPhoto Library package into the open iPhoto window a few at a time.





    This will create a new library with the same Events (but not necessarily the same Event names) as the original library but will not keep the metadata, albums, books slideshows and other projects.


    Note:  your current library will be left untouched for further attempts at a fix if so desired.


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