6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 15, 2011 5:32 PM by Old Toad
carlfromchildress Level 1 (0 points)

I am seeing if there is a terminal command to stop with faces running in iphoto?  It is becoming a storage issue with our student mac books.


Thank you for your time.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Iphoto
  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,966 points)

    that is not an option - and it takes very little additional space


    you can suggest to Apple - iPhoto menu ==> provide iPhoto feedback


    If you search the forums I think there was a hack suggested that may or may not to the job - use at your own risk



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,388 points)

    There is a way to sort of kill Faces and keep iPhoto from creating the small faces image files (and to clean them out of the library).  It won't stop iPhoto from doing scans but after the first scan it's not much of a problem.


    1 - open the library like this in the Finder.



    2 - in the Database folder move this file to the Trash: Faces.db.

    3 - close the package/folder and launch iPhoto.  Close it after a moment.

    4 -  open the package, find the new version of the file and lock it via the Info window for the file.


    5 - while viewing the contents of the package type Command+F to start a search.

    6 - set the criteria of the search to:  Kind is Image and Name Contains "face".

    7 - select all of the files in the search results window and drag to the Trash.

    8 -close the package and launch iPhoto. 


    You will get the faces spinning wheel as it tries to index the library the first time it's opened but it won't be able to write to the database file if you should try to add a face and won't create any new jpeg faces files. Of course make a backup of your library before trying this and no guarantee implied.




  • Yutan Getzler Level 1 (5 points)

    There is also the option of pressing "Pause" every time iPhoto boots up.  And it seems like it should be possible to create a script which does this automatically.


    The option above still results in iPhoto attempting to run the program and using huge percentages of the processor.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,388 points)

    Where do you see a Pause button for iPhoto?

  • Yutan Getzler Level 1 (5 points)

    When Faces first starts chugging away [iPhoto '11 v 9.1.5 (615)] there is a "Pause" buton.

    Screen shot 2011-09-15 at 4.05.32 PM.png

    Once paused, you see essentailly the same this but the button says "Resume".  You do have to find it and pause at every startup, though.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,388 points)

    You're right. I wan't looking in the Faces mode.  I was looking at the first window that I get when iPhoto opens.