Half a minute fix for making iphoto lightning fast to open


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Jan 31, 2010
Cecil Plains, Queensland, Australia
Fiddling around today and iphoto had a small delay in opening up- (probably in the time of around 5 seconds) . I have 3800 pictures containing around 18gigabytes of space. Anyway i wasn't really worried about it, but i had some free time and googled around a bit and found a thread on MacRumours regarding the 'iphoto opening delay' They had a simple fix in the order of a terminal command. I thought to myself, i have all my images backed up - so i have nothing to lose if it didn't work.

Quote MacRumours "Inside the iPhoto Library Package, there are four SQLite databases (face_blob.db, face.db, iPhotoAux.db and iPhotoMain.db). I found that by vacuuming all four of these databases, I restored iPhoto '09's performance"

It only took a half a minute to run the command and when i had finished iphoto now opens up in about 1 second. Talk about fast!

So this is what i did. (On a Mac of course!)

Quit iphoto

type 'terminal' into spotlight.
When terminal opens copy and past this command into it

cd ~/"Pictures/iPhoto Library/"

press enter.

then copy and paste this command into it.

for dbase in *.db; do sqlite3 $dbase "vacuum;"; done

Then press enter and close terminal. Open up iphoto. Worked perfectly for me and iphoto is now so fast to open up. Let me know how you go.


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