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Question: AI Photos search not working in High Sierra 10.13.2

Yesterday, I upgraded to 10.13.2 and now find that the image content search which was working no longer works. So, if I type in the Photos search bar "dog" say, no images are found whereas before the upgrade, a subset of photos with dog photos would be displayed even if they were not tagged textually.


Is this a known problem? Is there a fix for this?

MacBook 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.8), G4 MDD 1.25GHz

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I have a mid-2015 iMac upgraded to 10.13.2 and just tried a few searches (dog, tree, car) and they all worked fine. Sorry I know it doesn't solve your issue, but it would see it is a library issue. Have you tried doing a library repair on the Mac with the issue? Hold Option and Command to initiate the repair of the library.

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Dec 15, 2017 3:19 PM in response to iPreferMac In response to iPreferMac

I have a mid-2015 iMac upgraded to 10.13.2 and just tried a few searches (dog, tree, car) and they all worked fine. Sorry I know it doesn't solve your issue, but it would see it is a library issue. Have you tried doing a library repair on the Mac with the issue? Hold Option and Command to initiate the repair of the library.

Dec 15, 2017 3:19 PM

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Dec 15, 2017 3:19 PM in response to LarryHN In response to LarryHN

I wondered if it required a background analysis of the library to index and tag photos and tried again after several hours with no result. I guess Activity Monitor might show a relevant process running.


I haven't used the Communities for some time hence the historic OSX.

Dec 15, 2017 3:19 PM

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Dec 16, 2017 7:31 AM in response to LarryHN In response to LarryHN

After 24 hrs, still no image content search, other than 1 return when I search for water. The Activity monitor shows a process called "photoanalysisd" which though resident in memory, is not using much processor time. It is not running in the background, apparently even when Photos is open. Certainly my MacPro did not display tardiness in implementing the content-aware search.


I think I'll try rebuilding the image library.

Dec 16, 2017 7:31 AM

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Dec 18, 2017 4:14 PM in response to iPreferMac In response to iPreferMac

I seem to have been premature in my optimism. The search facility has made no progress in being able to categorise photos by content after the initial false dawn! My MacPro had no issues with the search, it works well and I did not notice any period when it was scanning my library to build its catalogue.


I rebuilt my library for second time quit, restarted but no result.


So, I'm still looking for help with this issue.

Dec 18, 2017 4:14 PM

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Dec 22, 2017 9:20 AM in response to iPreferMac In response to iPreferMac

I think I've solved my problem. MacOS Photos has one Photos system library, the one that is used for iCloud sharing etc. After the upgrade to High Sierra, I found I had two Photos libraries though I had never created a second one. I found a procedure to assign the Photos systemslibrary and applied it to one of the libraries. The AI content search has now made considerable progress since I did this. Initially, no content was found using a search for "tower" but after a few hours, 33 hits were returned.

Dec 22, 2017 9:20 AM

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Dec 22, 2017 10:43 AM in response to iPreferMac In response to iPreferMac

I have this problem too but it wasn't because of updating or having more than one system Photo Library. I just went to search for a Category photo (car, cat, dog) and it finds nothing. On my iPhone it works. On my Mac it used to work but doesn't now.


High Sierra 10.13.2

Photos 3.0 (3251.12.190)


I want it to re-index without delete and retrieve from iCloud Photo Library.

Dec 22, 2017 10:43 AM

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Dec 29, 2017 3:01 PM in response to iPreferMac In response to iPreferMac

I had this exact problem.


The only thing that worked for me was to delete my macOS Photos library from the filesystem, create a new library, and then re-download my entire photo library from iCloud. This re-established the category search. Running the library repair function made no difference.

Dec 29, 2017 3:01 PM

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