Ok so after installing Aperture 3.4.4, I noticed that when I was assigning names to faces, it would give me multiple options of the same name in a drop down menu. For example, lets say I start typing 'Joseph', multiple entries showed up, with only one being the 'real' one (with a contact image assigned).
Now I know this must be related to when I sometimes quickly assign a name and just hit enter it makes a new entry for that same face, kind of like I've clicked to fast for aperture to assign the name to an existing face name so it creates a new one. Usually I just merge the two by going to faces and dragging one on to the other. However, this may have caused multiple entries in a database somewhere that are showing up in 3.4.4 when I assign names.
Ok so I try repairing the library to no avail. So next, I try rebuild, which I know does a restore of the faces database. I know this takes ages as it starts chewing ram and swap space until I run out of HD and my machine crawls to a standstill as per my last try:
So I gave it a lot of time.
This time, however, it took 40 hours to finish rebuilding. After I had to reboot to reclaim my swap space. The aperture library grew by 5GB, as it mysteriously does after every rebuild I've noticed. Then opening it, it is trying to do a places lookup, but seems to have hanged. Again it's taking up swap space again.
And my aperture library space is increasing again.
Are others having issues with extremely large libraries? Mine's 550GB.
As part of my ongoing issues with HD space, I was wondering if it is a good idea to just move my library to an external drive and run it from an external. Is performance a lot worse if I do that? Is it recommended practice? Can you just drag a library to another location and just open it?