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Writing Changes into XMP is slow

Explorer ,
Oct 16, 2023 Oct 16, 2023

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Just updating a handful of images, and go to quit out of Lightroom, and I get ' Writing Metdata Changes into XMP. Please wait until the process is complete".

 

This is taking forever, updated maybe 5 images, and now I have to wait 10-15 minutes for Metadata changes to complete. This isnt the normal , 'writing changes you can quit/cancel and you will not lose data, this is different, the only option is to 'Stop'.

 

What will happen if I update a lot of images, or try and apply keywords to a lot of images?

M1 Mac, Monterey, 32GB, Catalogue on SSD, Images on NAS (over cable).

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Community Expert ,
Oct 16, 2023 Oct 16, 2023

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Have you updated to the latest release of LrC 13.0.1?

Regards, Denis: iMac 27” mid-2015, macOS 11.7.10 Big Sur; 2TB SSD, 24 GB Ram, GPU 2 GB; LrC 12.5, Lr 6.5, PS 24.7,; ACR 15.5,; Camera OM-D E-M1

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Explorer ,
Oct 16, 2023 Oct 16, 2023

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Hi Denis, following your post I have upgraded to 13.0.1 so thanks for that.

My original proble with the Keyword list being absent repeated itself for c.4 minutes, and on quitting, the XMP still being written warning is the old one, 'Adobe Lightroom is not finished writing metadata changes into XMP, do you still want to quit? you will not lose any data idf you decide to do so.

 

However, thats a prolonged metadata write for a single image edit........something is seriously wrong with this upgrade....

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Explorer ,
Oct 16, 2023 Oct 16, 2023

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Hi Dennis a few more edits in, another 6 images, and the 'Still writing Metadata' message is back, so no change from the 13.0.0 version.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 25, 2023 Oct 25, 2023

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Yup, same issue here after upgrading to LR Classic v13. Ryzen 9 3900x RTX3080 32GB RAM, 2 TB NVMe SSD

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Participant ,
Oct 29, 2023 Oct 29, 2023

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Same issue and same setup.  Immediately after the last Lightroom update I got the same message about updating XMP and assumed it was due to the update so allowed it to run . . . an run  . . . and run.  After 24 hours it still hadn't finished so I quit.  Next exit of LR did the same thing but eventually XMP updates finished and LR exited.  Now several days and several reboots and app start/shutdown cycles later, I'm getting a similar message with only an option to "Stop".  The most recent Lightroom session included an upload of ~100 images and only edits on one.  This is absurd.   Clearly Adobe instroduced a bug in the last "update". 

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Participant ,
Oct 29, 2023 Oct 29, 2023

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Found a suggestion in another thread which seems to have fixed this issue for me. 

 

  1. Disable writing metadata to xmp temporarily.
  2. Filter entire catalog on "metadata status" and look for anything not "up to date".
  3. Resolve your conflicts and retry wrting the metadata.
  4. Re-enable writing to xmp
  5. That allowed me to close Lightroom without it hanging on the xml writing.

 

I had "changed on disk", "conflict detected" and "unknown".  The "conflict detected" message is baffling to me as I don't know what other app could possibly have touched these files.  All of them were years old and I hadn't touched them in a long time.  I to "overwrite settings" although I frankly have no idea exactly what that did.  I had no edits that I recalled or cared about on those images.  There were no XMP's in the folders so there were apparently no previous edits.

 

The "changed on disk" error seems to have been partially due to read-only files.  Other surrounding files in the effected folders were not read only and I don't know how a few files got that way.  I also don't understand why the native image file being read only impaired Lightroom from writing data to XMP files.

 

The "unknown" set were all .mov video files.  Lightroom offered no option to fix these.  They have been in the catalog for years over multiple version updates without issue.  I took no action on them.

 

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Explorer ,
Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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Thanks for this, I tried the metadata filter above, and 'corrected' all the errant images, but low and behold today I am back to watching 'Writing Metadata Changes into XMP. Please wait until the process is complete.' .......2.8%. It seems that any time you go back into your images and LRC recreates the previews, you are back with a load of spurious metadata updates. Only guessing, but it seems LRC holds off making these changes until you quit the application. Its a definite bug  introduced by this latest upgrade, a complete pain in the rear.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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Agreed. I can't believe how slow and clunky LR Classic is. It would be nice if Adobe spent some R&D money on updating the codebase instead of boosting shareholder returns.

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Explorer ,
Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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One other thought, I just 'stopped' the XMP update and quit LRC. Restarted, and LRC starts updating the XMPs again some 150 files, but this time pretty quickly, and I was able then to quit LRC with out issue.

 

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2023 Nov 24, 2023

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I had a similar experience after the upgrade to v13. It said it was saving XMP for 27,000-odd photos in the status indicator in the top left of the UI but the number never went down. I started fiddling with settings and I changed something that prompted the program to want to restart, and I got shown that window with only the "Stop" button.

 

I got fed up after a while and clicked stop, the program restarted itself finally, and then the "Saving XMP to x files" indicator in the top left status thing actually started going down.

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Participant ,
Nov 24, 2023 Nov 24, 2023

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You need to disable writing metadata tp xmp while you clean up your files.  Then re-enable it afterwards.

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Nov 25, 2023 Nov 25, 2023

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This wasn't neccessary at all for me. I just quit with it stuck, pressed stop once, restarted, and everything works pefectly. It wrote out all 27000 changes in a few minutes.

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