IMPORTANT UPDATE — SCROLL DOWN
ApertureExpert community, I could use your help on this one.
Several users have reported a problem where Aperture would repeatedly warn you on launch that the library had “inconsistencies”, and that it “needed repair”. After repairing, the warning would show up again as soon as the next launch, and in some cases, each repair seemed to be making things worse, not better.
One of our users appears to have gotten to the bottom of this with the help of Apple Support, but after trying many things isn’t 100% sure about the steps taken to resolve the issue.
The belief is that the issue was finally fixed through a permissions repair — not of the Library or of the hard drive, but of the app itself. And this is where I need your help; I don’t have the problem and so (presumably) I don’t have this repair option.
If you “Get Info” on the Aperture application itself, at the bottom of the Info panel is a gear menu, which apparently could contain some kind of “reset” or “repair” permissions option. Selecting this option apparently took a few minutes to run, but then all of these reported issues went away.
Can you help please…
If you are seeing these kinds of issues, what I first would like is a screenshot of the error dialog so I can put the actual text in a repair tip — having the actual text will help other users find this issue.
Second I’d like a screenshot of the “reset” or “repair” option on the gear menu of the Aperture application Info panel.
And third of course, I’d love some other verification that this solved the problem!
By the way if you see this on Aperture, check on iPhoto as well to see if it has the same fix option.
If you can help, please comment below. Thanks!
IMPORTANT: We now have the correct solution. The original user who spoke to Apple Support just posted back and was able to tell us what actually happened.
First of all, I finally have a screenshot for the error, because it happened to me (and yes, so far this fix looks like it’s holding). Here’s the dreaded inconsistencies error dialog:
The correct fix isn’t to fix permissions on the app, but to do it on the Home directory itself. Get Info on your Home folder (easiest way is to hit Command-Shift-H to go Home in the Finder, then immediately hit Command-I to open the Info window. Toggle open Sharing & Permissions if it isn’t already open, unlock it using the lock icon in the lower right, then click on the gear menu and choose Apply to enclosed items…. This will copy the correct permissions throughout your Home folder.
I would expect that if your Library isn’t in your Home folder (i.e. you store the Library on an external drive) then this isn’t going to help you, but hopefully anyone reporting these issues actually does have their Library in the Home folder.
Please let us know in the comments if this helps you or not!