Consolidating all photos in iphoto

Posted by / 17-Mar-2019 22:37

Consolidating all photos in iphoto

Since i Photo doesn't use hardlinks but copies the photos into its library (to avoid nasty surprises if someone decided to edit the file in a different location, no doubt) this ate up disk fast; and I had to delete the existing libraries under the different accounts to make room.

Since I had Time Machine backups (yes, plural—I rotate two Time Machine disks) I felt OK doing this. We only needed to because we had imported the same photos into multiple photo albums.

I did not want to end up with tens of thousands of files in one directory, so I made my program put each file in a directory named after the 2 first characters of each file's name.

Here it is: Since I didn't have enough disk space to duplicate all the images, I used hardlinks.

i Photo has a menu item for finding duplicates, but I was not been able to make it work; it would just hang trying to find duplicates in one of the smaller libraries.

This could be the case is some copies had had their dates adjusted or if i Photo where changing the EXIF information when you star photos or tag faces in them.

This explains how I consolidated & de-duped about 45,000 pictures and movies from four i Photo libraries on two different machines and various directories full of images on USB drives into one 33,000 file library.

We had about 25,000 photos in one library from a previous (unsuccessful) attempt at consolidating libraries.

Update 2015/08/16: One annoyance under i Tunes is that the "rolls" or "albums" feature is utterly meaningless, because you've got 255 albums named "00", "01", "..", "fe", "ff".

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Hello and thanks for the post about your i Photo consolidation and de-duping. We have three Apple laptops (two Mac Books from 20) and a new Macbook Pro Retina. (Without the quotes.) You then run the script like so: . The product is just a big folder of files, which will have to imported into a new library.

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