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iPhoto closing/crashing

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peacebear Calculating status...
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Sep 7, 2013 6:33 PM

For the past 2 months or so, iPhoto keeps closing while I'm editing pictures.  I get the wheel, and then the application closes.  It says that it sends an error report, but I would have thought by now it would have been fixed by Apple; apparently not.  I've never had this problem before, and I'm wondering if it's the result of an update.  Any suggestions?

iPhoto '11, iOS 6.0.2, Version 6.0.5 (7536.30.1)
  • sukhd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 7, 2013 7:58 PM (in response to peacebear)

    Have you tried trashing the plist and re-generating a new one?


    Delete under ~/Library/Preferences/ and restart iPhoto.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Sep 7, 2013 11:35 PM (in response to peacebear)

    As a Test:


    Hold down the option (or alt) key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library'


    Import a few pics into this new, blank library. Is the Problem repeated there?


    Post back with the result.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Sep 8, 2013 7:05 AM (in response to peacebear)

    As I said, that was a test. It tells us the problem is in the original library.


    Option 1

    Back Up first and then try to rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.


    If that fails:


    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In early versions of Library Manager it's the File -> Rebuild command. In later versions it's under the Library menu.)


    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.


    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one.  






  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 9:29 AM (in response to peacebear)

    Also log into another user account on your Mac, launch iPhoto and test to see if you can run and edit without crashing.




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