Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2010 4:36 PM (in response to Dill Waters)Dill,
I have iPhoto 9.1 and the .plist has <true/> already.
Still the photos are not opening. ANy clues and any advise will be appreciated.
KJMacbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), iLife 11
Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2010 5:44 PM (in response to jrozko)When it was working with the previous version, 4 diff accounts on my mac could access the same iphoto library because I had given read/write access to the photo library in one account and had all the other iphoto instances point to the same library. I wonder if this is part of the problem...?
There is an empty iphoto library in one of these user accounts that DOES have the Database folder and it does have the entry in the plist that is mentioned above. Do I dare try and move that database folder to my main iphoto library package??mac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2010 6:36 PM (in response to jhnh)Another thought... if I was to give up and wanted to just create a new library again and import all the photos into it again and start anew - I am assuming that it will honor the dates that the jpg files contain and at least keep the chronology. I assume everything else will be gone of course - events that I created, albums that I created, comments on photos, projects ... but is there anything else I should know in terms of doing this all over again - if, god forbid, I just can't get my current library back?mac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2010 8:19 PM (in response to jhnh)jhnh,
You are indeed looking at the correct folder. The Database folder should be there, and the fact that it is not is a bit concerning. I hope you have a backup! There are also some other folders missing: "Masters", "Previews", and "Thumbnails". These are folders I have in my successfully upgraded iPhoto 11 folder.
On the other hand, you have some strange folders in there that I DON'T have: all the long ones with random strings of numbers and letters. This is pure speculation on my part, but it is possible that those are temporary folders that contain the missing data. I have no special reason to believe that; I just know that some programs create temporary folders during upgrades, and often these have random names. You may want to check the contents of those folders and see what is in there.
I would back up everything ... even your current, possibly damaged library. And then I'd check for any backups you might have, and also contact Apple support and see if they have any insight.Intel Core 2 Duo iMac 21.5", 3.06 GHz + MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2010 1:34 PM (in response to Michael Prewitt)Hi Michael,
Thanks. I did have an OLD backup from a year ago (better than nothing I guess!). I copied the current (corrupted) library elsewhere and restored the old one from Time Machine to the pictures folder.
The magic moment came and went. Exactly the same problem still - asks to upgrade iphoto... then says Unable to open library.
The contents of this 'old' library from backup are as follows, some different folders, but still no Database folder! -
MacDesktop:pictures jay$ ls -l /Users/jay/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 8565953 Nov 16 2007 0E55C238-D6A0-44A9-BFE8-8F0DACFEC887-5934-00003D2343084ECD
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 8565953 Nov 16 2007 3971EF8E-CEE4-4E0F-97C0-C8160E715618-5714-00003B592E7ED93D
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 8565953 Nov 16 2007 3A682BB0-57B4-4F9A-A776-33858D0836CD-5708-00003B4FCAA8D848
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 8565953 Nov 16 2007 612488E4-6821-41EF-87CE-2E99F5E4A2ED-5708-00003B5156C87E14
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 8565953 Nov 16 2007 61611A92-9453-4CFF-A8B2-A4D6ECD31DC1-5714-00003B5B3FDBBE01
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 8565953 Nov 16 2007 6665E80B-2BDA-443F-90D7-7AEF5AE220D8-5934-00003D211A075F3B
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 8565953 Nov 16 2007 A7D3EB9C-404E-4954-813C-7A3607FA4E56-5939-00003D69E5605096
-rw-rw-rw- 1 jay jay 11431696 Dec 13 2009 AlbumData.xml
drwxrwxrwx+ 2 jay jay 68 Apr 5 2008 Auto Import
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 8565953 Nov 16 2007 BADF1A3B-0EC6-41D2-A195-B290E205B336-5939-00003D6B3426CA26
drwxrwxrwx 9 jay jay 306 Dec 13 2009 Caches
drwxrwxrwx+ 3 jay jay 102 Nov 14 2007 Contents
drwxrwxrwx+ 16 jay jay 544 Feb 1 2009 Data
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 8565953 Nov 16 2007 E88B4C7A-F71A-4E04-A74C-45C7F201BEE5-5921-00003BCEAAD8FA0D
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 8565953 Nov 16 2007 E8A8A7A0-8416-4B1B-A0B2-8059723123D3-5921-00003D1AA9124ACF
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 20 Nov 14 2007 Library.data
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 20 Nov 14 2007 Library.iPhoto
-rw-rw-rw- 1 jay jay 17453192 Dec 13 2009 Library6.iPhoto
drwxrwxrwx+ 14 jay jay 476 Feb 1 2009 Modified
drwxrwxrwx+ 16 jay jay 544 Feb 1 2009 Originals
-rw-rw-rw- 1 jay jay 7838533 Aug 11 2008 ThemeCache
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 54063104 Dec 13 2009 Thumb32Segment.data
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 216240128 Dec 13 2009 Thumb64Segment.data
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 108122112 Dec 13 2009 ThumbJPGSegment.data
-rw-rw-rw-@ 1 jay jay 48 Dec 12 2009 iPhoto.ipspot
-rw-rw-rw-+ 1 jay jay 1 Nov 19 16:25 iPhotoLock.datamac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2011 4:34 PM (in response to Nick Payne)I just wanted to say thank you for all your help here. I thought I'd broken my iphoto then followed your instructions and it restored it perfectly. If people didn't take the time to post their experiences etc then people like me wouldn't have a clue what to do! So thank youMacBook Pro
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2011 8:46 PM (in response to Nick Payne)I moved my old iPhoto library to an external hard drive and restarted Iphoto 11 it asked if I wanted to find a library or start new i selected new then right clicked and found the Database file i guess its only on iPhoto 11.Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 28, 2011 5:49 AM (in response to Nick Payne)
I have the same error message.
just installed from Mac Box Set dvd iPhoto version 9.1.3
my current iPhoto version was (is) 8.1.2
so in my iPhoto Library i have no Database folder.
here is the substructure :
iPod Photo Cache
for the moment i have trashed iPhoto 9.1.3 and used from my backup iPhoto 8.1.2 and it works.
how can i make the update with no problem ??
i should have a spare mac to crash test each update ?? that on top of the dirty screen problem of the imac is lowering the reputation of Apple, seriously.
Message was edited by: Alexandre Lollini reason added final rant.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 4, 2012 6:17 AM (in response to jrozko)
jrozko-try the advice here: http://appletoolbox.com/2010/11/iphoto-11-unable-to-open-this-library-even-after -iphoto-9-0-1-update/
An EDITED excerpt from that site that worked for me (they recommend using the iphoto.app that didn't work me but using the iPhoto library in /user/Pictures did!!
Some users have reported that this issue can be resolved by issuing a series of Terminal commands, as first reported by Apple Discussions poster darktooth:
Launch the Terminal application (click the Spotlight [magnifying glass] icon in the upper-right corner of the screen and type “Terminal”)
Type: sudo chown -R yoursername then press the space bar and drag the IPHOTO LIBRARY from the YOUR: USER/PICTURES to the Terminal window. Press return.
Repeat the following process with these commands (enter the command, press space, drag iPhoto LIBRARY to Terminal and press return YOU DON'T NEED THE "USERNAME" FOR THE BELOW COMMANDS):
sudo chmod -R -N
sudo chmod -R u+rwX
THEN RUN IPHOTO AND IT SHOULD WORK!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2012 6:27 PM (in response to Dill Waters)
I searched that out, and those lines are both in the plist file. Good idea anyway; thanx
Currently Being ModeratedJul 6, 2012 4:58 PM (in response to Gunner2005)
This suggestion worked for me . . .
'cd "~/Pictures/iPhoto Library"'
sudo chmod -R -N *
sudo chmod -R u+rwX *
This was after moving my library from an old profile to a new machine with a new profile
Currently Being ModeratedMay 12, 2013 3:35 AM (in response to Nick Payne)
Had the same problem after getting a new HD install on my MacBook.
I found these instructions which could not have been any easier to execute.....
This worked for me, might not be applicable to you.....
Hi, I don't know if this is the same problem you had but this was mine, and what I did solved it.
I had an old version of iPhoto. (9.X.X or something). I upgraded to Mountain Lion. iPhoto still worked fine.
I downloaded the most recent iPhot 11 from the Mac app store on 7 August, installed it. Tried to open iPhoto, got the message:
iPhoto needs to upgrade you library.
I clicked upgrade
I got a message saying it was unable to open library and only option was to quit.
I tried many support forums suggestions but what did it for me was this:
I wne to my pictures folder where the iPhoto library was stored.
I did 'get info' on the picture folder (or Apple i)
The permissions said my user account had permissions to Read and Write to that folder. So I thought it was okay.
I then unlocked the litte padlock on the get info window
where it said my username and "Read and Write" I clicked this line once (so it became blue).
Went to the little settings cog at the bottom of the get info window and selected "Apply to enclosed items"
Wait for it to do it's stuff.
Then reopened iPhoto. It told me i needed to upgrade the library, so again I clicked okay.
Hey presto it worked and started upgrading my library. it took a while (about 10 minutes for a 34Gb library). But it worked and everything it there as it should be.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2013 12:06 PM (in response to KJ_11)
The following screenshot shows the versions of iPhoto that work and don't work with Mavericks. Which do and don't are pretty obvious:
Assuming you're running Mavericks you'll need to go to the App Store and download the latest version of iPhoto which is 9.5. It will be a free download.