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I just bought a new MBP and looking for a way to access my iPhoto library that resides on my iMac.
I am connected to my iMac using the admin account on iMac (What I usually log in with on my iMac and access the iPhoto library when i'm on the iMac). obviously I do have read and write permissions in the pictures folder of the iMac. Both iMac and MBP have iLife 09 installed.

now these are the steps I take, Alt+click on the iPhoto icon on my MBP, select choose library (as I said I am connected to my iMac as admin). I can find the iPhoto library on the iMac and select it. when iPhoto tries to use this library I get this error msg:

The iPhoto Library is locked, on a locked disk, or you do not have permission to make changes to it.

the same happens if i simply connect to iMac as admin and double click on the iPhoto library on the iMac.

my question is, as I am connected as admin and can make changes to the directory where the iPhoto Library file is, why can't I open the library file itself.

I have seen the post about sharing the iPhoto library between two accounts on the same mac but the solution to that involves moving the library file to a shared folder and give access to both the accounts, but as you know this wouldn't work for my situation as two different machines are involved.

Looking forward to hearing your ideas. let me know if you need more info.
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Happy to report the problem is solved, and I could make the setup as I wanted, Just ran the disk permissions and a restart on both machines did the job, I still wonder how running the dis permission check solves such random issues! any thoughts on this?

Anyway, for others if they want to do the same, I should say that I am not going forward with this as my machines are connected using the wireless network at home, and the iPhoto library is nearly 10GB, hence the load times are very long and it wouldn't give you a satisfactory experience, iPhoto on MBP becomes unresponsive and loading large images takes a very long time. I still suspect if there's a need for this in a LAN environment or with smaller iPhoto library, it could be a good solution.

Another point I should make which is very IMPORTANT: make sure the version of iPhoto you are using on both the machines are the same otherwise, the newer iPhoto might make changes to your library and make it unusable to the older iPhoto clients.
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interesting, I would like to be able to do this from say a time capsule as our (wife and I) Iphoto library is 45 Gigs, that way she wouldn't have to have it stored on her little 60 gig hard drive for her macbook
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