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  • texaskellys Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Late to the party on this as I only just recently started having the same problem when trying to export singleor multiple JPG images, but would appreciate any feedback before I try some of the "remedies" above. Here's the reason: they all involve restarting iPhoto after the "fix" is performed, but I have found the restart alone gets export working again. MY PROMBLEM is iPhoto will only allow ONE export, whether it's one or multiple files, before the error returns. The first export after starting up goes fine, but when I  try another export, one or more files, I get the "unable to create ..." message. Close iPhoto, reopen back in the same album and I can export with no trouble. Try to do a second export and error comes up again. I can do this over and over, start export, shut down, start again and export etc. but only one export per startup. What's the deal with that? Seems whatever the problem is, it is cleared up with a simple restart and then comes right back after one export.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,550 points)

    What version of iPhoto?

     

    How much free space on your Hard Disk?

     

    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.

  • texaskellys Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My bad, Terence. Running iPhoto '08 7.1.5 (378) on OS 10.9.2. And yes, problem repeats using a newly created library. One export and then I have to close/reopen to make another. Planning to upgrade to the new iPhoto in the App store but sure would like to know what's causing this first; trouble began in December.

  • texaskellys Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh, and 553.32 GB available on the HD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,550 points)

    I wouldn't update before fixing this.

     

    Switch to another user account and repeat the test there.

  • texaskellys Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm the only user; work from a home office.

  • texaskellys Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, did a little exploration and saw how I could switch to a guest user (never had a reason to do so), did it, opened iPhoto, imported a couple of photos then exported one at at time. It DID allow me to do two consecutive exports without getting the error message.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,550 points)

    WHat that tells you is that the cause of the issue is related to something in your main user account, and that iphoto is working correctly in itself.

     

    So back to your usual account and we try and figure out what's unique there.

     

    It's not the Library as the problem persists in two libraries in that account, so lets start with the basic:

     

    Try trash the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder.

     

    (On 10.7 or later: Hold the option (or alt) key while clicking on the Go menu in Finder to access the User Library)

     

    (Remember you'll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you've moved your library you'll need to point iPhoto at it again.)

     

    What's the plist file?

     

    For new users: Every application on your Mac has an accompanying plist file. It records certain User choices. For instance, in your favourite Word Processor it remembers your choice of Default Font, on your Web Browser is remembers things like your choice of Home Page. It even recalls what windows you had open last if your app allows you to pick up from where you left off last. The iPhoto plist file remembers things like the location of the Library, your choice of background colour, whether you are running a Referenced or Managed Library, what preferences you have for autosplitting events and so on. Trashing the plist file forces the app to generate a new one on the next launch, and this restores things to the Factory Defaults. Hence, if you've changed any of these things you'll need to reset them. If you haven't, then no bother. Trashing the plist file is Mac troubleshooting 101.

  • texaskellys Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Terence, I see in my Apple notes that I keep in Bento that this plist came up in discussing some Word difficulties, but no one EVER explained it like you, I appreciate that. Going to paste that in my notes for future reference!

    I've never changed any of the default settings in iPhoto (knowingly) or moved the Library, so this ought to be simple enough to try without any unintended consequences and I'll report back.

  • texaskellys Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Afraid that didn't work, Terence. Trashed the file and upon opening iPhoto I see in Finder a new one was created, and the problem repeated itself. One successfull export and then the error on the subsequent export. Close, reopen, and the same file that gave me the error before will now export.

     

    I noticed a file named 'com.apple.iPhoto.plist.lockfile', do I need to trash that too?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,550 points)

    Yes do.

  • texaskellys Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Another day another dollar .... Deleted both and trouble continues. Today noticed a 3rd file: com.apple.iphotomosaic.plist, that I did not delete prior to reopening iPhoto. Also, last night I deleted the first two as you instructed, but shut down and did not open iPhoto to test until this morning. I noted that upon starting up my Mac those two files were back even before I opened iPhoto. Maybe I misunderstood, but I thought you said those files would rebuild the next time I opened iPhoto, not just be starting up my Mac. Anyway, deleted them again and started iPhoto with same trouble, as I said.

    Did I misunderstand how those files rebuild?

    Should I deleted all three iPhoto plist files, open iPhoto and try exporting again? (I double checked, there are only three)

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (128,885 points)

    Since the problem went away in the Guest account and deleting the iPhoto preference file didn't help it could be another preference file in your acocunt that's causing the problem.  Here's a way to determine if that's the case:

     

    Trouble Shooting Preferences

    NOTE: In Lion and Mountain Lion the Home/Library folder is now invisible. To make it permanently visible enter the following in the Terminal application window: chflags nohidden ~/Library and press the Return key - 10.7: Un-hide the User Library folder.

     

    If you're running Mavericks, 10.9,  go to your Home folder and use the View ➙ Show View Options menu to bring the this window:

    Mavlibvis.png

     

     

    1 - close all applications.

     

    2 - open your Home/Library folder and Option-drag (copy) the Preferences folder to the Desktop. 

     

    3 - select the contents of your Home/Library/Preferences folder and drag them into the Trash bin in the Dock.  You will be asked to provide your Admin password.

     

    4 - reboot. Be sure to know your account's username and password as you will be asked to log in with it.

     

    5 - run the application again and determine if the problem(s) is fixed.

     

    6 - If the problem is fixed:

     

    A - open the working Home/Library/Preferences folder.

     

    B - Open the Preferences  folder on the Desktop, select all of the contents and drag them into the working Home/Library/Preferences folder.

     

    C - When the Copy window pops up check the "Apply to All" check box and then click on the Don't Replace or Skip button.

     

    D - reboot.

     

    7 - If the problem is NOT fixed, drag the contents of the Preference folder on the Desktop into the Home/Library/Preference folder and replace the entire contents that were created by clicking on Replace.

     

    8 - reboot and you're back as square one.

     

    Note:  keep the Preference folder on the desktop until you're sure all registration info for your apps are working.  If not you can copy the required files from the desktop pref folder to the working one.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,550 points)

    The iphotomosaic plist file refers to a screensaver mosule and is not relevant.

     

    Launch the Console (in Applications/Utilities) and then try export until the process breaks down. Copy and paste anythign that gets written to the console when it goes awry.

  • texaskellys Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for jumping in, Toad, under a work deadline here so will have to try your suggestion at a later time.

     

    Terence, your request was easy to comply with quickly .... Console messages after the error message follows, and since I never gave you the full text of that iPhoto export error message, it is:"Unable to create /Users/Aurora/Pictures/export" (Aurora is my user name).

     

    Here's what was in Console after opening iPhoto (I cleared Console beforehand) and after my first export:

    3/4/14 1:27:26.890 PM iPhoto[2938]: *** WARNING: Method selectRow:byExtendingSelection: in class AlbumView is deprecated. It will be removed in a future release and should no longer be used.

    3/4/14 1:27:26.894 PM iPhoto[2938]: *** WARNING: Method selectedRowEnumerator in class AlbumView is deprecated. It will be removed in a future release and should no longer be used.

    3/4/14 1:27:27.180 PM iPhoto[2938]: objc[2938]: Class ISLengthFormatter is implemented in both /Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/MacOS/iPhoto and /Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/NetServices/Frameworks/NetServices.framework/ Versions/A/NetServices. One of the two will be used. Which one is undefined.

    3/4/14 1:27:27.180 PM iPhoto[2938]: objc[2938]: Class ISLengthEncodingFormatter is implemented in both /Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/MacOS/iPhoto and /Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/NetServices/Frameworks/NetServices.framework/ Versions/A/NetServices. One of the two will be used. Which one is undefined.

    3/4/14 1:27:27.187 PM iPhoto[2938]: CFURLGetFSRef was passed this URL which has no scheme (the URL may not work with other CFURL routines): /Applications/iPhoto.app

    3/4/14 1:27:27.191 PM iPhoto[2938]: CFURLGetFSRef was passed this URL which has no scheme (the URL may not work with other CFURL routines): /Applications/iPhoto.app

    3/4/14 1:27:27.197 PM iPhoto[2938]: CFURLGetFSRef was passed this URL which has no scheme (the URL may not work with other CFURL routines): /Applications/iPhoto.app

    3/4/14 1:27:27.201 PM iPhoto[2938]: CFURLGetFSRef was passed this URL which has no scheme (the URL may not work with other CFURL routines): /Applications/iPhoto.app

    3/4/14 1:27:27.207 PM iPhoto[2938]: CFURLGetFSRef was passed this URL which has no scheme (the URL may not work with other CFURL routines): /Applications/iPhoto.app

    3/4/14 1:27:28.165 PM iPhoto[2938]: ICAGetDeviceList_Deprecated-Has been deprecated since 10.5.  Calls to this function in the future may crash this application.  Please move to ImageCaptureCore

    3/4/14 1:27:28.802 PM WindowServer[107]: disable_update_timeout: UI updates were forcibly disabled by application "iPhoto" for over 1.00 seconds. Server has re-enabled them.

    3/4/14 1:27:29.902 PM WindowServer[107]: common_reenable_update: UI updates were finally reenabled by application "iPhoto" after 2.10 seconds (server forcibly re-enabled them after 1.00 seconds)

    3/4/14 1:27:40.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:40.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:40.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:40.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:40.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:41.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2934) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:41.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2934) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:41.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2934) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:41.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2934) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:41.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2934) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:41.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:41.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:41.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:41.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:41.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:42.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2946) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:42.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2946) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:42.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2946) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:42.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2946) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:42.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2946) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:52.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:52.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:52.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:52.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:27:52.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2935) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:28:42.150 PM WindowServer[107]: disable_update_timeout: UI updates were forcibly disabled by application "Finder" for over 1.00 seconds. Server has re-enabled them.

    3/4/14 1:28:42.229 PM WindowServer[107]: common_reenable_update: UI updates were finally reenabled by application "Finder" after 1.08 seconds (server forcibly re-enabled them after 1.00 seconds)

    3/4/14 1:28:54.216 PM sandboxd[123]: ([2959]) mdworker(2959) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo (pre-plugin fstype:hfs fsflag:480D000 flags:240000005E diag:0 isXCode:0 uti:dyn.ah62d4rv4ge80w6dkr74g8 plugin:internalPlainTextImporter - find suspect file using: sudo mdutil -t 32304206)

    3/4/14 1:28:54.250 PM sandboxd[123]: ([2959]) mdworker(2959) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo (pre-plugin fstype:hfs fsflag:480D000 flags:240000005E diag:0 isXCode:0 uti:dyn.ah62d4rv4ge80w6dkr74g8 plugin:internalPlainTextImporter - find suspect file using: sudo mdutil -t 32304206)

    3/4/14 1:28:54.255 PM sandboxd[123]: ([2959]) mdworker(2959) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo (pre-plugin fstype:hfs fsflag:480D000 flags:240000005E diag:0 isXCode:0 uti:dyn.ah62d4rv4ge80w6dkr74g8 plugin:internalPlainTextImporter - find suspect file using: sudo mdutil -t 32304206)

    3/4/14 1:28:54.258 PM sandboxd[123]: ([2959]) mdworker(2959) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo (pre-plugin fstype:hfs fsflag:480D000 flags:240000005E diag:0 isXCode:0 uti:dyn.ah62d4rv4ge80w6dkr74g8 plugin:internalPlainTextImporter - find suspect file using: sudo mdutil -t 32304206)

    3/4/14 1:28:54.263 PM sandboxd[123]: ([2959]) mdworker(2959) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo (pre-plugin fstype:hfs fsflag:480D000 flags:240000005E diag:0 isXCode:0 uti:dyn.ah62d4rv4ge80w6dkr74g8 plugin:internalPlainTextImporter - find suspect file using: sudo mdutil -t 32304206)

    3/4/14 1:28:55.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2959) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:28:55.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: mdworker(2959) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo

    3/4/14 1:28:55.597 PM sandboxd[123]: ([2959]) mdworker(2959) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo ()

    3/4/14 1:28:55.605 PM sandboxd[123]: ([2959]) mdworker(2959) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo ()

    3/4/14 1:28:55.613 PM sandboxd[123]: ([2959]) mdworker(2959) deny file-read-data /Users/Aurora/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Contents/PkgInfo ()

     

    After the second, failed export, it added just one line:

    3/4/14 1:30:30.790 PM Finder[166]: CreateWithFileInfo failed to create URL with FSRef, falling back to blank icon.