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Hi all -


I followed Apple's instructions on how to share 'photo libraries among multiple users'. It worked for a bit, but now after my wife is done using Photos, and closes the program, it won't open after I change to my desktop. It says the library is still in use by another program... Restarting doesn't seem to help.


Any thoughts?


Thanks - Terry

iMac, macOS High Sierra (10.13.1), 3GHz i3, 12 GB, Radeon 4670

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When you quit Photos, the background processes to scan the library for faces or categories will start to run. They are not active, while Photos is open, so Photos will not slow down. These processes will initially be using a lot of time, until the library has been scanned. Try to get the scan done for both users by keeping alternately one of you logged in during the night, after you quit Photos. After the initial scan you should be seeing less of the "Library in Use". Occasionally, after a system upgrade or importing many new photos, the scanning will again need time to run after Photos has been closed.


You could try to disable your Photos Library as the System Photo Library: but then you cannot use it with iCloud or sync it with iTunes to iPhones or iPads. the System Library may also be in use by the Media Browser.

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Nov 16, 2017 3:54 AM in response to armtmurp In response to armtmurp

It says the library is still in use by another program... Restarting doesn't seem to help.

Did your wife log off before you tried to open the library? The system Photos Library will be in use, as long as the user is logged in. If logging off does not suffice, try to restart the Mac to finish the processes.

Nov 16, 2017 3:54 AM

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Nov 16, 2017 2:50 PM in response to léonie In response to léonie

Leonie -


Thanks for the answer but it's not the one I wanted...😕


This is worse than it was before I moved the library to an external drive (following Apple's instructions). Used to be we only had to occasionally repair the library when we switched from one desktop to the other.


What's the sense of being able to switch desktops if you have to log off and on? We are both logged on all the time. Well, at least she is. I have to enter my password when I switch to my desktop but I've always assumed I did because I'm the administrator.


Terry

Nov 16, 2017 2:50 PM

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Nov 17, 2017 9:42 AM in response to armtmurp In response to armtmurp

When you quit Photos, the background processes to scan the library for faces or categories will start to run. They are not active, while Photos is open, so Photos will not slow down. These processes will initially be using a lot of time, until the library has been scanned. Try to get the scan done for both users by keeping alternately one of you logged in during the night, after you quit Photos. After the initial scan you should be seeing less of the "Library in Use". Occasionally, after a system upgrade or importing many new photos, the scanning will again need time to run after Photos has been closed.


You could try to disable your Photos Library as the System Photo Library: but then you cannot use it with iCloud or sync it with iTunes to iPhones or iPads. the System Library may also be in use by the Media Browser.

Nov 17, 2017 9:42 AM

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Nov 17, 2017 9:46 AM in response to léonie In response to léonie

Ah, more going on than meets the eye...

I played with the logging off procedure earlier today and while a bit more tedious it solves the problem.


Thanks again - although I still think a program should let go of it's user when it closes, but that's a topic for a different forum.😉




Terry

Nov 17, 2017 9:46 AM

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