Lightroom Classic: User-selectable location of LrClassicLogs file

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LEGEND ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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Recently, a folder titled "LrClassicLogs" has appeared in my Documents folder on my
Mac. I use my Documents folder for personal documents only, and would like to store the LrClassicLogs file in a less-obtrusive location.

Can a feature be added to LR Classic to allow for a user-selectable location (similar to how LR classic allows for the catalog file)?
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LEGEND ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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I have No such Folder anywhere on my system let alone in the Documents folder.
I also do NOT have any files, Log File, that start with Lr or Lightroom.
So what is in that folder that you have?

Just Delete it if it bothers you that much

What type of computer are you using, Mac/Windows?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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Yes, it's there on a Mac. That folder is probably in Documents because it may contain a log that Adobe could request in case the user reports problems. The average user may not know how to find logs hidden in the Library folder. No big deal for me, but the catalog folder would seem to be a more logical place
-- Johan W. Elzenga

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LEGEND ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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I also do not have that folder on my iMac running 10.13.x and the newest version of LR.
Did you at sometime generate a diagnostic Log from the LR sync tab by holding down the Alt key (Windows) or Opt/Alt key (Mac OS X)?

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LEGEND ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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After actually opening LR Classic 9 on my Mac, and allowing it to upgrade the catalog which I hadn't done before, I then got that folder in my Mac OS X Documents folder. Macintosh HD/Users/ MyUserName/Documents.
There were No files in that folder. So I just deleted it.
This does not happen on my Windows 10 system.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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If you start Lightroom, it will recreate that folder. At least it just did when I tried.
-- Johan W. Elzenga

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LEGEND ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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Yes that is what happened on my Mac.
Bit that folder is Not created on a Windows system.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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Maybe it is, but someplace else.
-- Johan W. Elzenga

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LEGEND ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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Searched my whole system for that folder and nothing came up. I've been using LR 9 since the day it came out. I've even generated a diagnostic log and didn't get that folder on Windows.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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Maybe Adobe decided to do this on MacOS only, because the logical location for a log file would be in the user/Library folder. But as that folder is hidden by default, that may only create an extra problem they didn't want to have to deal with.
-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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JB,

It seems that you might have enabled logging for Lr Classic some time in the past. Can you share your system info from 'Help->System Info' menu option to help us detect if any logger is enabled on you machine?

-Satish

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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Is there a config file @ ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/config.lua? Could you please check if the same has any loggers enabled? If you remove them from the config file, the LrClassicLogs folder should not get created.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 25, 2019 Nov 25, 2019

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Never enabled Logging on my Mac or Windows system for LR, Ever.
That folder still is there with V9 on my iMac.
Only appeared with the install and first running and converting of a V8 catalog of LR Classic V9. Wasn't there before.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 25, 2019 Nov 25, 2019

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No such config file on my iMac and that folder is still being created (No logging enabled either).

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 25, 2019 Nov 25, 2019

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I did have an old config.lua file, but trashing that does not stop Lightroom creating the folder again when I delete it. Help - System Info says 'Config.lua flags: None'
-- Johan W. Elzenga

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LEGEND ,
Nov 25, 2019 Nov 25, 2019

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I checked the above path and have no config.lua file.  My Help-System Info also shows 'Config.lua flags: None'

It seems to me that tweaking Lightroom to put the LrClassicLogs file in a "Logs" folder within ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/ would not result in too much user confusion.  Most people could find that easily...

At a minimum, an option to put the LrClassicLogs file in a user-selectable place would be very helpful for those of us want to keep the file out-of-the way.

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Explorer ,
Dec 21, 2019 Dec 21, 2019

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I am also getting this folder whenever I run Lightroom Classic.
This is really annoying and I wish Adobe would stop writing useless folders and files in the User's Documents folder. This behavior is incorrect. The folder is for users to use not applications. Library/Application support is a much more adapt place for all of these folders that Adobe apps insist on creating. 

Respect your users more, please.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 21, 2019 Dec 21, 2019

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Agree - it seems like a no brainer to put the LrClassicLogs folder in Library/Application Support or, at a minimum, to allow the user to select where to put it.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 02, 2020 Jan 02, 2020

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Same here - Mac running Catalina with the new Lightroom Classic 9.1.  Creates the file on startup of Lightroom.  I have never turned on logging, and I do not have the file config.lua either.  Hope an option becomes available to move this folder or to simply not create it when there is nothing to place in the folder.  Mine has never had anything inside the folder.  No logs - no folder maybe?

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Explorer ,
Jan 02, 2020 Jan 02, 2020

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Adobe has a history of putting behind-the-scenes files in user folders where they absolutely don't belong.*  It's very unlikely they'll change this behavior.

If you really dislike it, open the Terminal program and copy & paste the following entire line into Terminal:

chflags hidden ~/Documents/LrClassicLogs

Then hit enter.  Poof!  The LrClassicLogs folder will be instantly hidden from view in the Finder, but still there, doing nothing useful.  You can quit Terminal now.

Thanks Adobe!

* in addition to LrClassicLogs, I also have the following items in ~/Documents:

~/Documents/Adobe
~/Documents/Adobe/Photoshop Cloud Associates
~/Documents/Adobe/amecommand
~/Documents/Adobe/amecommand/6.0
~/Documents/Adobe/dynamiclinkmediaserver
~/Documents/Adobe/dynamiclinkmediaserver/7.0
~/Documents/Adobe/dynamiclinkmediaserver/10.0
~/Documents/Adobe/dynamiclinkmediaserver/12.1

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LEGEND ,
Jan 03, 2020 Jan 03, 2020

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Great idea!  This will tide us over until/if they eventually allow us to move it.

Kudos!  Happy New Year!

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LEGEND ,
Jan 25, 2020 Jan 25, 2020

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Adobe really don't care about users' own space (Document's folder on a Mac).
It's inspired me to explore other Apps - might be worth the pain of moving.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 25, 2020 Jan 25, 2020

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So you are going to switch to some other program just because a Folder is placed in the User's Documents folder with NO files in it. Sounds kind of foolish. Whatever. Best of luck to you.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 26, 2020 Jan 26, 2020

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We are aware of the problem that LrClassic is creating an empty Logs folder. We will be fixing this behaviour soon ( No folder will be created when not required ).

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Explorer ,
Jan 27, 2020 Jan 27, 2020

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That is not the problem. The problem is Adobe creating folders and log files in the user's space! You should place your folder and log files in an appropriate location. On a Mac it is in the Library > Application Support. 

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Explorer ,
Jan 27, 2020 Jan 27, 2020

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Rahul, what are Adobe's plans for the below folders that Adobe has arrrogantly placed inside my personal documents folder?

~/Documents/Adobe
~/Documents/Adobe/Photoshop Cloud Associates
~/Documents/Adobe/amecommand
~/Documents/Adobe/amecommand/6.0
~/Documents/Adobe/dynamiclinkmediaserver
~/Documents/Adobe/dynamiclinkmediaserver/7.0
~/Documents/Adobe/dynamiclinkmediaserver/10.0
~/Documents/Adobe/dynamiclinkmediaserver/12.1

Has Adobe come to its senses and found a new home for them?

Can I finally delete them?

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