Rebuilding the iPhoto library

Hold on Cowboy

This blog post is pretty old. Be careful with the information you find in here. It's likely dead, dying, or wildly inaccurate.

The number of photos I have in iPhoto is around 10,000. I like the new faces feature, but it just kept grinding my CPU for hours and hours and days and days. I stumbled on a way to rebuild the iPhoto library, but it’s really hidden and I’ve never run across this type of a setup from Apple Software.

Essentially you need to hold down Option + Command while starting iPhoto and keep them held down until you get a window asking you what you want to rebuild. Interesting. Maybe I’ll report if solves the Faces issue with the CPU.

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Reference: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT263

Did this help you out? It took me a few days to piece together all this information together, I hope this saves you some time (who knows, maybe the future me will be thankful I wrote this down). Let me know your thoughts. shanestillwell@gmail.com