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Face detection presents faces with no picture

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hedgert Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 8, 2013 2:20 AM

I have a large Aperture library and have been going through it over time to name the faces, but Aperture keeps presenting me with "faces" that don't have a picture.

This happens in two places, if I've selected a named face and I'm looking at or confirming faces for that name then I get some faces offered to me where there is no picture of the face:

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And in the faces view before selecting a name, where you are presented with unnamed faces to name, I get offered faces like this:

Screen Shot 2013-03-08 at 10.12.59 AM.png

For Aperture to show these to me it presumably must have a photo somewhere, so presumably this is something to do with missing thumbnails or previews.  I have done a complete repair/rebuild of my library - which had no effect - so I'm stuck.

Has anyone else seen this; any suggestions on how to get these photos to show an image?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion, Aperture 3.4.3
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,440 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 2:49 AM (in response to hedgert)

    Does naming faces work on a new test library? Try to create a new, empty library (File > Switch to library > Other/new) and import some photos and name some faces. Does it work well with a new library?


    If Aperture works well on a different library, probably the "Faces" database in your current library is broken. Do you have a backup of your current library from the time, "faces" was still working correctly, or did it never work correctly with that Aperture Library?




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,440 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 4:08 AM (in response to hedgert)

    It's not that faces doesn't work at all - I can see, name and get suggested faces with the library as it is - so I don't see what I'm going to prove by creating a new library.

    I wanted to be sure that Aperture is working correctly, if the library has no issues.

    You suggest my faces database might be broken - what does that imply - is no repair possible?

    You have tried the built-in repair options - repair library, rebuild library. If you have enough disk space you could try to rebuild the library by importing it into a new library. Add some images with faces to it, before you import your old library. This will recreate the library and the Faces database. I cannot guarantee that this will solve the trouble, however. When I had a similar problem, only manually repairing the library package by replacing the "Faces" database inside from the backup did help, but you have added too many faces since the last working backup to go this way.


  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,440 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 4:30 AM (in response to hedgert)

    It should include all named faces, places - everything you now have in your library. But you will need plenty of free disk space because Aperture will need working space in addition to the library.


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