iPhoto Lib update and Time Machine

webbymac

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Hi, not sure where to put this so I'm going for the OS X forum.

I've long held off the idea of updating iPhoto 8.1.2 to 9.5.1 but today I did it.

My lib is 108gb. It's backed up by time machine. However, since the update, my time machine has failed twice.

I *think* this is maybe cos it thinks the whole lib file has been modified and therefore needs backing up. Is this right?

What can I do about this?
 

Weaselboy

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That iPhoto update would only update some of the indexes inside the iPhoto library and not change much else, so the whole 108GB should not get backed up again, only the changes.

I think it is just a coincidence this happened at the same time.

What kind of errors are you getting with the Time Machine backup?

Look in Console log at the exact date/time of the backup and see if there are any log entries there that point to the problem.
 

webbymac

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I get this error msg "the time machine backup disk ran out of space unexpectedly" same as on this page: http://pondini.org/TM/C18.html

Btw, I didn't overwrite 8.1.2, I put it in another folder, but that's just the app anyway, not the library.

Edit: Here is the log;

12/10/2014 16:41:58.719 com.apple.backupd[548]: Starting manual backup
12/10/2014 16:41:58.954 com.apple.backupd[548]: Backing up to /dev/disk3s3: /Volumes/Time Machine Backup/Backups.backupdb
12/10/2014 16:42:10.977 com.apple.backupd[548]: Will copy (857.1 MB) from iTunes
12/10/2014 16:42:24.622 com.apple.backupd[548]: Will copy (152.7 MB) from Macintosh SSD
12/10/2014 16:42:24.622 com.apple.backupd[548]: Will copy (314 bytes) from Macintosh HD 2
12/10/2014 16:42:37.692 com.apple.backupd[548]: Will copy (719.9 MB) from Macintosh HD
12/10/2014 16:42:37.695 com.apple.backupd[548]: Found 123863 files (110.66 GB) needing backup
12/10/2014 16:42:37.710 com.apple.backupd[548]: 132.23 GB required (including padding), 20.55 GB available


There's no way it should need to back up 110 GB!
 

Weaselboy

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Edit: Here is the log;

12/10/2014 16:41:58.719 com.apple.backupd[548]: Starting manual backup
12/10/2014 16:41:58.954 com.apple.backupd[548]: Backing up to /dev/disk3s3: /Volumes/Time Machine Backup/Backups.backupdb
12/10/2014 16:42:10.977 com.apple.backupd[548]: Will copy (857.1 MB) from iTunes
12/10/2014 16:42:24.622 com.apple.backupd[548]: Will copy (152.7 MB) from Macintosh SSD
12/10/2014 16:42:24.622 com.apple.backupd[548]: Will copy (314 bytes) from Macintosh HD 2
12/10/2014 16:42:37.692 com.apple.backupd[548]: Will copy (719.9 MB) from Macintosh HD
12/10/2014 16:42:37.695 com.apple.backupd[548]: Found 123863 files (110.66 GB) needing backup
12/10/2014 16:42:37.710 com.apple.backupd[548]: 132.23 GB required (including padding), 20.55 GB available



There's no way it should need to back up 110 GB!
Hmm... dunno why, but it wants to backup the whole library again and needs this space.

What you could do to clear off the old versions and make room is open the Pictures folder then "Enter Time Machine" from the menu bar and while in the Time Machine interface right click the photo library and tell it to delete all instances of the library from Time Machine. That would free up enough room so you backup the new version.

Of course this would delete all backups of the old version, so make sure your current one is kay first.
 

webbymac

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Hmm... dunno why, but it wants to backup the whole library again and needs this space.

What you could do to clear off the old versions and make room is open the Pictures folder then "Enter Time Machine" from the menu bar and while in the Time Machine interface right click the photo library and tell it to delete all instances of the library from Time Machine. That would free up enough room so you backup the new version.

Of course this would delete all backups of the old version, so make sure your current one is kay first.
Doing this would only delete one copy, cos in effect, there would only be one copy incrementally updated. No point Time Machine keeping multiple copies. But you're right, that would create the necessary space.
 

Weaselboy

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Doing this would only delete one copy, cos in effect, there would only be one copy incrementally updated. No point Time Machine keeping multiple copies. But you're right, that would create the necessary space.
What I described would delete all versions of that file in the backup set, so it could potentially free up far more space than the 110GB.
 
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