Lightroom cannot import from this catalog. The catalog does not appear to be a valid Lightroom Catalog.

Explorer ,
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This has been posted before in another thread but seems to be a different scenario to mine and with no apparent solution. I am using Lightroom CC Classic for Desktop on my iMac and Macbook (before you ask - yes, I have the most updated and latest versions)

My scenario - I have edited a photoshoot on my Macbook, and exported the folder as a catalog. I then copied that entire folder to a thumb drive, and onto my main editing system's hard drive for use on my iMac. Then, I go into Lr (on my iMac) and "Import from another catalog" and I get this error message. I have checked and the extension on the catalog file is .lrcat, which is what it's supposed to be, yet still get this error message:

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I have worked this way many times in the passed with no issues at all (i.e transferring catalogs from one computer to another). But all of a sudden now I can't seem to get this working.

I'm wondering if this is a bug perhaps with the new version of Lr?

Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Has anyone else had this issue and if so, how did you resolve it?

Thanks in advance

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Explorer , Nov 28, 2017 Nov 28, 2017

I think I have figured out a workaround. I think it's my Synology NAS that is the problem? Because I tried reversing the scenario, i.e. exporting a catalog from my iMac and then importing it from my Macbook, and it worked fine. Then I tried the first way again, BUT from a different location (i.e. images/cat on local drive and not on my Synology), and it worked fine again. I copied the files to Synology and simply updated folder location in Lr, and it all works fine. Just can't seem to import a c

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Are both computers using the same version of Lightroom?

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Yes, please see my description "yes, I have the most updated and latest versions"

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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We don't like that kind of answer. What is the exact version running on each computer?

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Both are running this version:

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A quick update, I just thought I would try this the other way around, i.e. reversing it

So I exported a test catalog from my iMac and then Imported it on the Macbook, and it worked perfectly!

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My only suggestion is to try exporting the catalog again. Maybe something went wrong the first time.

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Explorer ,
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Have tried that, no luck 😕

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Now that's really weird! If you can go one way, and you have the same version on both computers, it should certainly go the other. I have no idea what to suggest. Remember, this is a user to user forum. Perhaps someone else will have the answer.

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I think I have figured out a workaround. I think it's my Synology NAS that is the problem? Because I tried reversing the scenario, i.e. exporting a catalog from my iMac and then importing it from my Macbook, and it worked fine. Then I tried the first way again, BUT from a different location (i.e. images/cat on local drive and not on my Synology), and it worked fine again. I copied the files to Synology and simply updated folder location in Lr, and it all works fine. Just can't seem to import a catalog that is sitting on my Synology, for some reason!

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Well, that's my problem. I'm just an old guy working with a single computer that has three internal drives and three external hard drives. I don't have any of the modern stuff. I'm glad you seem to be figuring it out.

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New Here ,
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I just had the same issue w/ a Synology NAS (wasn't even searching with that in the title, haha) and moving it to a local directory also solved it.  Weird!

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"I just had the same issue w/ a Synology NAS (wasn't even searching with that in the title, haha) and moving it to a local directory also solved it."

 

LR won't read catalogs stored on network volumes (i.e. NA) - you can't do File > Open Catalog or File > Import From Another Catalog.  When you try to do Import From Another Catalog, you'll get this unhelpful message:

 

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 File > Import From Another Catalog used to work with catalogs stored on a network volumes, but Adobe broke that many years ago.

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