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Cult Hero Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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Nov 25, 2009 1:42 PM
I just tried to clean up my iPhoto library by running duplicate annihilator and 2400 pictures out of 14,000 or 8 gigs were identified as duplicates. They have been moved to the trash but iPhoto will not quit.

I have had this issue before whenever I make many changes to iPhoto (merge events etc). It seems that if I am doing a lot of changes it is wise to quit iPhoto every 5 minutes or so so it doesn't hang during the quit.

At this point, iPhoto has been trying to quit for about 15 minutes, but if I try to force quit it tells me that doing so will not save any changes. This would undo all the work of finding all the duplicates.

This is getting ridiculous. I have seen countless threads on the slowness of iPhoto but not many work arounds other than a rebuild etc.

Under my activity monitor iPhoto shows to be using 0.01% of my processor.

What is the deal!?

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  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,175 points)
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    Nov 25, 2009 4:36 PM (in response to Cult Hero)
    You have the duplicates moved to iPhoto's trash, right. Did you try to empty the trash? If you did and that's why you can't close iPhoto it's because iPhoto gags when deleting more than about 100 pics at a time.

    You'll probably have to force quit iPhoto but there's a very good chance that the dups will still be in the trash. Did you use use option to add "duplicate" to the comments of the photos? If so they probably will be written to the dB file so will be there when you relaunch iPhoto.

    If that's the case you can put the photos marked as dups into an album and then delete about 100 at a time.


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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,670 points)
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    Nov 26, 2009 12:02 AM (in response to Cult Hero)
    I would guess that the database file has been damaged.

    Option 1
    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command 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
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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,670 points)
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    Nov 26, 2009 11:36 AM (in response to Cult Hero)
    The usual reason the db is corrupted is because the app is interrupted by while writing to it by a crash, hang, force quit. It can also occur when the Library is stored in a disk formatted other than Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

    Regards

    TD
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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,670 points)
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    Nov 28, 2009 12:44 PM (in response to Cult Hero)
    Then you have another issue in there somewhere.

    Any messages in the Console? And is your Library on the Start Up disk?

    Regards

    TD
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  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,175 points)
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    Nov 28, 2009 1:42 PM (in response to Cult Hero)
    Try creating a new library as follows:

    Creating a new library while preserving the Events from the original library.

    1 - Move the existing library folder to the desktop
    2 - Open the library package like this.
    3 - Launch iPhoto and, when asked, select the option to create a new library.
    4 - Drag the Originals folder from the iPhoto Library on the desktop into the open iPhoto window.


    This will create a new library with the same Events as your current library which will be left untouched for further testing. This way you'll get a working library until you find a fix for what's ailing your current library.
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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,670 points)
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    Nov 28, 2009 1:50 PM (in response to Cult Hero)
    library runs off a drobo as does my iTunes which performs flawlessly.


    There's your problem then. It's not formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) is it?

    iPhoto needs to have the Library sitting on disk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Users with the Library sitting on disks otherwise formatted regularly report issues including, but not limited to, importing, saving edits and sharing the photos.

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,670 points)
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    Nov 28, 2009 11:57 PM (in response to Cult Hero)
    no, it has been on the drobo for about 2 years now. It has never had any problems up until the last week or so.


    Yes, folks regularly report that everything was fine and then suddenly it n longer works. All I can tell you is that now it won't work. Some folks have got a few days out of it, some, like you, a couple of years. But once it goes, it's gone.

    I have to fix this.


    The only fix is to move it to an appropriately formatted disk.

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
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