Why does photoanalysisd run so much?

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by zorinlynx, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. zorinlynx macrumors 603

    zorinlynx

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    photoanalysisd seems to run sporadically and uses up a lot of CPU for 10-15 minutes at a time, a few times a day. There's no way I'm taking enough photos daily to justify that much usage.

    What the @*%(#*% is it doing? Is there any way to actually see what it's processing? I have a fairly large library (about 25,000 photos) but it should be analyzed by now especially considering that I almost never put my iMac to sleep and it's been on 24 hours a day since I installed High Sierra GM a week before release.
     
  2. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a

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    the "photoanalysisd" process is doing the facial/scene recognition on your Photos library.
     
  3. MrAverigeUser, Nov 9, 2017
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    MrAverigeUser macrumors 6502a

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    I don´t like facial recognition (ok, call me paranoid, but ...) ...

    how can I prevent OSX Sierra and HS from processing useless face-recognition ?
     
  4. mikecwest macrumors 6502a

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    It is far from useless. Imagine you have 15 years worth of photos on your laptop. You have 500,000 Photographs.....You just want to see the one of your mother wearing the blue dress..Instead of looking though 500,000 photographs, you can narrow it down to photos of her. It will help organize by locations and other events as well.

    It is very intelligent. It recognizes current faces of my friends son, based on photos I identified as being him on iPhoto fifteen years ago.
     
  5. MrAverigeUser macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for your reply. ok, might be advantageous one day....
    Since I cannot stop the recognition analysis, I seem to be condemned to wait until this process is done...

    added today in the morning about 6.000 photos and MBP is still very busy... will this stop one day? ;)
     
  6. Ebenezum macrumors 6502a

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    You should be able to disable it, open Terminal and paste this into Terminal window:
    sudo launchctl remove com.apple.photoanalysisd

    If you want to enable it paste this:
    sudo launchctl load com.apple.photoanalysisd

    I haven't tested these with High Sierra but they should work with Sierra.

    In my opinion Apple should have provided a option in Photos preferences to disable face recognition...
     
  7. MrAverigeUser macrumors 6502a

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    @Ebenezum

    Thanks a lot !! :)

    With this command at least it is the User itself who decides if and when the
    machine does more than just importing photos.
    perfectly so.
     
  8. mikecwest macrumors 6502a

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    I think it took mine like a week or so, but I didn’t' leave computer open and on the whole time. I did have about 15 years worth of photos....it does videos too.

    It seems someone else knew how to disable in terminal, so hopefully they were more helpful than me.
     
  9. 400 macrumors 6502

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    I have found the searches in photos to be handy, e.g. seaside one year but cannot remember which year etc, search seaside or sea shore and it chucks up a lot of options (I did not know it could do that when I started using it!). It is useful. Backup is obviously more than the actual images size if I want to back up all that is photos is the only draw back?
     

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