13 Replies Latest reply: Jun 18, 2015 10:50 AM by jrkoenig75 RSS

    Why can't Lightroom 4 catalogues be on network volumes?

    RichTeer Community Member

      I've just installed a trial version of Lightroom 4.3 on my iMac running OS X 10.8.2. When I first start the application it says it wants to create a new catalog, and I accepted the default location, /home/rich/Pictures/Lightroom. Almost immediately, an error dialog box is displayed, containing the following message: "Lightroom cannot create a catalog named 'Lightroom 4 Catalog" on network volume '/home/rich/Pictures/Lightroom'." Underneath that, in smaller text, is the message, "Lightroom Catalogs can not be opened on network volumes, removable storage, or read only volumes.".

       

      I'm a techie (I'm actually a UNIX programmer), so I understand what the message is saying. What I don't understand is WHY it doesn't work. Yes, my home directory is stored on a server, and no, it isn't exported read-only. As a programmer, I don't understand why Lightroom has such a ridiculous restriction: the program should neither know nor care what file system I'm using, or where (in a network sense) it resides. Provided it can access the location in the file system it wants to, it shouldn't care where the bits ultimately end up.

       

      As far as I'm concerned this is a bug, and it needs fixing, pronto!