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*andy* Level 1 Level 1
After dumping out a couple of hundred photos from my library iPhoto would not quit, I forced quit and now I have a couple of hundred "ghost" photos, the photo meta information without the photo. If I try to delete the "ghost" photos and empty iPhoto trash, iPhoto will not quit again. Any solutions? I tried opening the content of the iPhoto file but there is no way I can figure out what meta data to delete that way.

mac mini, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • LarryHN Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac
    I tried opening the content of the iPhoto file but there is no way I can figure out what meta data to delete that way.


    Never make changes to the contents of the iPhoto library using the finder - there are no user serviceable parts in the iPhoto library

    After dumping out a couple of hundred photos from my library iPhoto would not quit,


    Was this done using iPhoto - moving to the iPhoto trash and emptying the iPhoto trash?

    If so launch iPhoto while depressing the option (alt) and command (apple) keys and rebuild from the last automatic database backup

    LN
  • *andy* Level 1 Level 1
    Did not touch "content". Deleted the photos through the iPhoto app (move to iPhoto trash, empty trash). Tried to rebuild as you suggested. Still have "ghost" that will not let me quit when I try and delete them (move to iPhoto trash, empty iPhoto trash). The app has also crashed completely when trying to empty iPhoto trash. Never had a problem before iPhoto 9.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife
    Option 1
    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the apple and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Rebuild iPhoto Library Database from automatic backup.

    If that fails:

    Option 2
    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. This will create a new library based on data in the albumdata.xml file. Not everything will be brought over - no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your 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.


    Regards

    TD
  • SpectralHuman Level 1 Level 1
    having the same problem with iphoto...

    there are about 40,000 photos in the library and several thousand are duplicates.

    I've spent all day deleting, and after i delete a few hundred iphoto starts acting strange, photos that i delete stay in the event until i go back to all events, then go back to the event i deleted them from. quitting and reopening worked for a while, but now it wont quit at all, and when i force quit, the iphoto database still thinks they are there and i get the empty boxes with dotted lines where the photos were...
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife
    And the results of your efforts to fix this?

    Regards

    TD
  • *andy* Level 1 Level 1
    I have been unable to solve the problem. iPhoto will quit as long as the ghost files are not touched but if I try an delete them it will not quit. It looks like they go away when iPhoto trash is emptied, but because iPhoto can not quit they come back after the forced quit. This is only happening on my mac mini that I use as a media server. The iPhoto library is huge with about 26,000 photos and movies on an external 800 fire wire drive. I have a back-up of the library on my G5 that has no problems but it is not running iPhoto 09.
  • *andy* Level 1 Level 1
    Decided it would be easier to lug my home drive to my studio and copy my back-up library from my G5. I am losing confidence in Apple products.
  • *andy* Level 1 Level 1
    Okay I got my back-up file from my G5 and updated it to iPhoto 09 (8.1) and now I can not delete any photos. iPhoto will not quit when I try to empty trash. Is apple coming out with an update? If not how can I install iPhoto 08?
  • FSColdtoes Level 1 Level 1
    Has there been any other resolution to this issue? I am having the exact same issue. Photo library of about 2300 photos. Certain events when deleted cause iPhoto to not shutdown. I've already rebuilt the library and the issue persists.

    As mentioned in other similar posts after forcing iphoto to quit the events are there again when reopened. The application runs fine as long as I don't touch those couple of events which are "touchy".

    This is on my wife's MBP running OSX 10.5.8. and iPhoto '09.

    Any thoughts are appreciated.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife
    And the result of trying the various fixes in this thread already?

    Regards

    TD
  • Hansi DK Level 1 Level 1
    I had same issue a week or so ago with iPhoto 09 hanging during an upload of new images. While naming a new event, the app froze. After a force-quit, I relaunched iPhoto with same resulting crash.
    Disk Utilities permissions repair did nothing to re-establish iLibrary functionality. On rebooting the iMac, after a looonnnggg wait watching the spinning gear(?), a greyed out 'Quit' symbol (circle with diagonal bar thru it) appeared and the OS (10.6.1) never launched. Several reboots had same effect. No OS launch. I booted from the original SL install disk, which ran OK, and launched Disc Utility, repair disk. It could not be repaired! A hardware diagnostic check resulted in OK for the drive.
    After spending the better part of a day with Apple Tech Support, upgrading from one expert to another (4), the problem issue remained unresolved.
    Two weeks prior to that I had one of my 2 external HDDs crash, and could not access some of my most recent iPhoto Events. Had to replace the HDD and have not been able to recover any data from the failed drive.

    Finally resorted to a fresh install of the OSX10.6.1 (auto data archive) and restored iMac operationally intact with no data loss. Immediately did a TM backup and then reinstalled all the current updates again with another backup.
    iPhoto 09 is back running again, but I still find that it is very quirky with unexpected outcomes.
    Can't really trust that it won't blow up again.
    Bottom line - multiple backups on variety of media for important data and photos!
  • Diders Level 1 Level 1
    Hi all, I am experiencing the same problem. There is an empty event titled 'recovered photos' containing 11 non existent images (blank photos with dotted frames). If I drag this to the iphoto trash and empty it and then quit iPhoto, it will hang, resulting in me having to do a force quit. If I start iPhoto with apple+option and do a re-build, repair perms etc the empty event and its photos still exist. Any help appreciated.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife
    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. This will create a new library based on data in the albumdata.xml file. Not everything will be brought over - no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your albums and keywords 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.

    Regards

    TD
  • Stephen 1964 Level 1 Level 1
    Snow Leopard and iPhoto 09 is a disaster for me. I cannot delete photos or reorganize my Events. I've tried everything, but I cannot quit and save my editing or I get a crash.

    I hope Apple gets this fixed soon. I was trying to reorganize a Library of over 7,000 pics and cannot do anything with it.

    Also, thank to anyone who can assist.
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