PHOTOS TOOLS

 

PhotosGetMissingItems




First of all: the only real 100% way to find all orphaned objects is to click on each photo or video in the Photos.app. Even with an "automated" script this might take hours!



PhotosGetMissingItems scans the database of the photo library for orphaned files!



There are two options to choose from:




Quick scan:


Only scans for objects marked as "missing" by the Photos.app.

The database only gets this entry if the respective photo or video was clicked and the original file could not be found by Fotos.app, which can be due to several reasons and may meanwhile be out of date: e.g. if a hard disk on which the originals are located was not connected or activated at this time.

Other reasons could be that the objects have been deleted, for example.


If the scan finds such selected objects, the names and the path where they are expected are written to a text file on the desktop. Furthermore, you can decide whether you want to control these photos or videos directly in Fotos.app.


Some of the entries may turn out to be out of date!




Deep scan:



The deep scan first determines the paths stored in the database to the original files of all objects and then checks whether the files are in the specified location. If the scan finds missing files, the names and the path where they were expected are written to a text file on the desktop. Furthermore, you can decide whether you want to control these photos or videos directly in Fotos.app.


Also here there can be entries, which are no longer up to date! Photos.app saves the original path once when importing photos or videos into a database.

If these files have been copied to the photo library (Photos.app -> Settings -> General: Import: Copy objects to the photo library), they may not be changed there! Note: the photo library is TABU! Do not open and handle there! All actions, like exporting or deleting must be done with the Photos.app!


If files have not been copied to the photo library, they will still be found by the Photos.app using a "track" provided by Finder.app, even if their location has been changed after importing and/or they have been renamed!  (Which is nevertheless not recommended :)). However, this new place or name will not be updated in the Photos database!


Also other scenarios are possible, which produce no longer current results of the Deep Scan!

They can be caused by - let's call it - "maloperation" of the Photos.app:

Suppose you have both copied and uncopied photos or videos in the photo library and have deleted the original files from the uncopied ones without first deleting them from the Photos.app, but then copying them from another location into the photo library, orphaned entries remain even though the file exists......

Version 1.3

PhotosGetMissingItems

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