2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2013 10:45 AM by Mark Kippert
jpbuse Level 1 (60 points)

Running 10.7.5 on my iMac and iPhoto 9.4.2 crashes when I try to open it. I read the posts about PhotoStream being the culprit, which I still think may be true. I killed the corresponding iLife/photoStream prefs, restarted and it still fails. PhotoStream is set to OFF via SysPrefs iCloud setting. Looks like a permissions related issue as it complains about not being able to write a file in the Preferences folder. I have killed all of those files and no file exists there that I know of.


Process:         iPhoto [258]

Path:            /Applications/iPhoto.app/Contents/MacOS/iPhoto

Identifier:      com.apple.iPhoto

Version:         9.4.2 (9.4.2)

Build Info:      iPhotoProject-710042000000000~2

App Item ID:     408981381

App External ID: 11723545

Code Type:       X86 (Native)

Parent Process:  launchd [163]

Date/Time:       2012-11-26 21:07:18.687 -0800

OS Version:      Mac OS X 10.7.5 (11G63b)


Application Specific Information:

dyld: launch, running initializers


xpchelper reply message validation: sandbox creation failed: 516

The file “com.apple.iLifePhotoStream.plist” couldn’t be saved in the folder “Preferences” because a file with the same name already exists.


Application Specific Signatures:

sandbox creation failed: 516

  • jpbuse Level 1 (60 points)

    I think I have this one solved. I killed these two directories and iPhoto is currently working:



  • Mark Kippert Level 1 (5 points)

    I had the same problem and this solved it. I like to say thanks for following up your original post with a solution. It doesn't happen often enough that people post the solution should they find it (here and on other technical forums). THANKS AGAIN!