I had some new photos to check, so after installing the system the 1st thing I did was get Picasa. I ran the software, it started scanning my hard drive, and it just didn't go past the 5th photo folder on my hard drive (I've got about 400 photo folders).
I immediately cursed the new Ubuntu release, because after my upgrade to Gutsy Gibbon I also had problems with Picasa.... but turns out that this time the problem wasn't in Ubuntu, it was in Picasa.
The symptoms of the problem are:
- Hard disk always on
- Computer stand still... even the mouse moves slow
- No matter how long you wait (I left the computer working over night) nothing happens
find . -size +512 -name Picasa.ini
To make Picasa get back on track, just delete them. You can use xargs to do this:
find . -size +512 -name Picasa.ini | xargs rm
or (if you have directory names with strange characters):
find . -size +512 -name Picasa.ini -print0 | xargs -0 rm
Note that this will not destroy any of your photos, but it will destroy any changes you made to the photos in Picasa, like crops, tunnings, ...