LR10 "Unexpected error opening catalog" after a some weeks working successfully with LR10

New Here ,
Nov 22, 2020 Nov 22, 2020

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Hello, I am somehow trapped in the LR10 maze.

After a couple of weeks working with LR10 and the new (converted) catalog, I am not able to open any catalog using LR10. The following message appears:

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What I tried so far and what did not work:
Choose a Different Catalog: Not possible, same message appears.
Launch with pressed "option"-key and check integrity: No success, the test of the integrity does not even start, but the same message appears.
Look for any *lrcat.lock file (and delete): No, also no such a file found.
Revert back to previous LR-Version (which is 9.4): Possible yes, but this reports that the recently used catalog is from a higher LR-Version and refuses to open this catalog. 

 

HELP! 🙂 Any Idea on what I could do to aget access to current catalog and do not loose the edits I have done in the past weeks?
Is there probably a fix in the release-pipeline from adobe? The issue does not seems to be so un-common?

Any help is appreciated!

Thank you,

Michael

 

Oh, this could be useful: The issue appears on an iMAC2019 running latest Version of Catalina (10.15.7) 

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Nov 22, 2020 Nov 22, 2020

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Do you have a recent backup of your catalog file?

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Nov 22, 2020 Nov 22, 2020

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Yes, I do have daily backups done by Adobe when finishing LR and I also have time machine backups available. 
Meanwhile I tried to go back to a snapshot/copy of the catalog which I was definitely able to open (the backup before the last backup). Strange thing - also this brought the same error. I went back and forth in installing/uninstalling LR10/LR9.4 and after a reboot now, I can open the catalog which was unable to open this morning. It looks like this is not an issue with the catalog itself, which lets me hope for a fix from Adobe in a future patch for LR10. 

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Try placing a copy of one of the recent backups in an empty folder on a different disk, and see if it will open.

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Thank you! Will do so next time the issue occurs and update here. Thanks for your help, very much appreciated!

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In my diagnosis of the problem, the fact that you were able to use the V10 catalog for a few weeks after the upgrade before having this problem indicates to me that problem was not the upgrade causing this error (although other people got this error immediately after the upgrade, that is a different case likely to be caused by the upgrade). In my opinion, this particular problem, where the catalog file will not open but a backup will open on a different disk indicates a malfunction of the disk where the original catalog file is, and I will recommend you run diagnostics on this disk, and depending on what you find, I would replace it.

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