REALLY weird iPhoto problem.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Ardoptres, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. Ardoptres macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2009
    I have soooooooooo many duplicate photos on my computer, but I don't know what happens if I delete some of them.
    I did this to check what would happen.

    I open iPhoto, choose a picture and open it (to check if i can open it)
    I find all the dublicates of that photo in finder, and delete them.
    I try to open the same picture in iPhoto, but now it just shows a blown up exclamation point.
    I go the the trash can, put all the photos back
    Try to open the picture in iPhoto (expecting it to open) but it STILL shows the exclamation point!

    I find this to be very weird. The files i deleted are back and yet it still won't recognize it as being there. I have Aperture and I can open the picture there with no problems.

    PS: If anyone knows, where are the pictures in iPhoto and Aperture stored? I have up to 5 copies of the same photo in my computer, but don't know which ones to delete without creating any problems.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. FallibleClover macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2009
    If you right click on iPhoto Library in your Home folder and click on Show Package Contents you can access the original photograph files. I'm not sure if this is the same for Aperture as I don't use it. Your problem does sound kinda weird though. I wonder is it similar to the exclamation point issue sometimes found in iTunes where you have to manually look for the file in order for the Library to recognise it?
  3. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    You should delete duplicates in iPhoto not in the Finder. Otherwise you're just breaking the links that iPhoto uses to find the files. It works like iTunes that way.

    The way you're doing it can work, but you need to add the step of going through and deleting all the "exclamation point" files in iPhoto after cleaning up in the Finder.

    Your pictures for iPhoto are in the iPhoto Library file. You can right-click->Show Package contents to view them.
  4. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2009
    Well they aren't duplicates in iPhoto, but in different folders on the computer.
  5. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040


    Jun 25, 2008
    What version of iPhoto do you have?

    As long as you don't delete any photo's in ~/Photos/iPhoto Library/ iPhoto will be just fine. If the photo is in iPhoto you can delete it from any other folder.

    Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but iPhoto doesn't have a method to add items with remote links (by remote I mean not in the library folder).

    When you add a photo to iPhoto it COPIES it to your library and you can delete the original... If you so chose.

    To get the photo back... You'll have to delete the ! from iPhoto and then add the photo back in.
  6. Ardoptres thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2009
    Thanks! :)

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