P: Photos missing after failed renaming on import

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Contributor ,
Nov 09, 2012 Nov 09, 2012

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I found a problem when I tried to re-run an import when I am renaming my image files and I also have "Make A Second Copy" enabled.

I was making and testing a new import preset in a test catalog and I made a mistake in the destination. So I removed all the images from the catalog, deleted them from the disk and removed the now empty folders.

After I corrected my import preset I reran the import with the source as the same input card. This time the import proceeded almost to the end but then displayed an error dialog saying LR could not rename any of the images it just added to the catalog. I click continue and go to the Previous Import in Grid view

Everything is pretty messed up at this point. All the thumbnails in the Grid have the original name from the camera. (IMG_2449.CR2) and the missing file question mark badge. The image files in the Library folder are the correctly renamed files (sherwin_20121015.cr2) and the backup copy folder (Imported on November 9, 2012) has one of each.

It gets even more confused because when I tried to clean up by removing all the images from the catalog again that failed because and LR left all the renamed files in the catalog folder. Since I did not catch this on the first go the subsequent try created new image files all with a "-2" suffix because all the files were still there from the second import.

It seems like a simple fix would be to have every import get it's own backup folder. In other words don't just make one backup folder for each day. Some options for naming the backup folder would be nice too.

-louie

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LEGEND ,
Nov 09, 2012 Nov 09, 2012

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Lightroom version? System?

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Contributor ,
Nov 10, 2012 Nov 10, 2012

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Yes that would help...

Lightroom 4.2, Mac OS 10.7.5

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LEGEND ,
Nov 10, 2012 Nov 10, 2012

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Import (using import dialog box) frequently (not always) has the error that it cant rename a photo, even though it was renamed, but after import it appears missing (since its looking for the wrong name).

Problem only evident with one catalog - other catalog imports without error every time. Optimizing catalog didn't help.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 11, 2012 Nov 11, 2012

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Jim Wilde's verified in this thread: http://www.lightroomforums.net/showth...
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LEGEND ,
Nov 12, 2012 Nov 12, 2012

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Turns out to be a very old bug: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/661533 .

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LEGEND ,
Nov 12, 2012 Nov 12, 2012

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To fix, or not to fix, that is the question (which should be asked, and answered affirmatively).

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LEGEND ,
Nov 12, 2012 Nov 12, 2012

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For the record, I have reproduced it too in 4.3RC and reported.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 21, 2012 Nov 21, 2012

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... and it's deferred.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 04, 2013 Jan 04, 2013

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Similar issue happened to me. iphone 5 camera roll is showing 933 photos, but an error in LR upon import is only showing 922 in the import dialog. Confusing.

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