Someone I know uses iPhoto, but the Faces part of it wasn’t working. New pictures wouldn’t get scanned for faces and the spinning icon next to the Faces label on the navigation bar would just spin forever (and apparently it’s always been stuck like that).
I Googled the issue, and came up with hundreds of people having the same problem, but no one seemed to figure out a solution.
After a lot of digging and poking around, I think I found the solution. She imported large folders into iPhoto from her old photo management application, and she had some movies in her photo folders. So this is how I fixed it…
- Quit iPhoto first.
- Then get into the guts of your iPhoto Library (right-click the iPhoto Library file in your Pictures folder and do “Show Package Contents”).
- Go to the Originals folder in there and get your movies out of there.
- Delete the face.db and face_blob.db files.
- Load iPhoto up and it will start scanning all your faces and with any luck actually get through them all and be kosher going forward.
Warning… this will delete all your face tags you had previously (so don’t do it if you tagged a bunch of people manually and don’t want to lose that).