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access iphoto database from external drive
« on: October 02, 2019, 06:20:03 pm »
Hi all, and thanks in advance for the help.  As I continue to distance myself from the universe of Apple, the next step for me is accessing my years of photos stored in iphoto on an external HD. 

Here is my problem-- I can access the external drive, open the iphotos folder, open the "masters" folder, and find the actual .jpg photos. BUT, I can't open them.  On each .jpg icon, there is a red X. that seems like a bad sign.  As I understand it, this is a permissions problem.  how do i fix this? they are all my photos, but the imac that we have used for years has gotten too old and bogged down to even be able to open the iphoto library anymore.

how do i access these photos in peppermint?

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Re: access iphoto database from external drive
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2019, 07:20:09 pm »
What happens if you right-click a (single for now) photo, select "Copy", then right-click on your Peppermint desktop and select Paste .. has the copy now on the desktop still got the red X ?, and if not can it be opened ?
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Re: access iphoto database from external drive
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2019, 09:25:14 pm »
I have some actual experience on this subject.

I do not know for certain if this will help, but when my Linux "mentor" and I tried to download pics for someone to their Linux OS that just would'nt open jpegs on his computer from his old iphone six, we did something a little different.

We uploaded everything in his iphotos folder to something called "pcloud" by creating a pcloud account, and then downloaded that same entire folder back down to his Peppermint 8 OS Linux computer.

All his pictures then opened.

I do not know how or why, It just worked after doing this.

Hopefully Mr. Greaves might have further information as to why this worked.

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Re: access iphoto database from external drive
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2019, 02:43:40 am »
Hi Omen,

Just a quick reply here but basically uploading the photos to pcloud and then downloading them to the other computer is just another way of making a copy of the photos, as suggested by PCNetSpec. Of course, the process is not exactly the same, but I think you probably understand the similarity.  8)

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Re: access iphoto database from external drive
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2019, 11:43:24 am »
What happens if you right-click a (single for now) photo, select "Copy", then right-click on your Peppermint desktop and select Paste .. has the copy now on the desktop still got the red X ?, and if not can it be opened ?

i can't copy the file. i tried to right click the "copy to", then right click and "copy", the just drag and drop.  all with the same result.  a message that basically said "Permission denied"

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Re: access iphoto database from external drive
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2019, 12:09:16 pm »
Can you provide the full path to the "masters" folder ?

eg. /media/iphotos/master
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Re: access iphoto database from external drive
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2019, 12:20:57 pm »
I have some actual experience on this subject.

I do not know for certain if this will help, but when my Linux "mentor" and I tried to download pics for someone to their Linux OS that just would'nt open jpegs on his computer from his old iphone six, we did something a little different.

We uploaded everything in his iphotos folder to something called "pcloud" by creating a pcloud account, and then downloaded that same entire folder back down to his Peppermint 8 OS Linux computer.
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Regards, The Omen

i think i would have to do this from the original mac. i tried to do this from my linux using the iphoto library from the external HD, but got the same "permission denied" message as before. Also i have hundreds of GB's of pics and videos, so i'm hoping for a faster solution than uploading and downloading them all.  but if this is the only option it will be great to have.  thank you.

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Re: access iphoto database from external drive
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2019, 12:24:26 pm »
Can you provide the full path to the "masters" folder ?

eg. /media/iphotos/master

EXTERNAL/Photos/Our Pictures.photoslibrary/Masters
[the name of the external HD is different and "Our Pictures.." is actually our last name]

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Re: access iphoto database from external drive
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2019, 12:32:01 pm »
It's gonna be hard for me to help you if you don't provide the exact path.

I mean would you understand how to get me the output from
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ls -l /EXTERNAL/Photos/Our Pictures.photoslibrary/Masters
so I can see the permissions of the contained files/folders
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Re: access iphoto database from external drive
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2019, 12:07:23 pm »
Question, would a chown -R command help him out?
What was I thinking?

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Re: access iphoto database from external drive
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2019, 12:47:22 pm »
Maybe, but can't provide the command without knowing the path (or the current permissions) .. hence the question.
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