You can visit the "Current Import" collection to see.
Library module, upper left, under 'Catalog'.
Yep, I can see that. And I can see that it gives me the name of the destination and the dated folder it has created in the catalogue.
But I need to know the 'source and path' of where the file was imported from. So I can copy them back. This was the first time I have used Lightroom and the IMPORT function followed a shortcut on my desktop and downloaded and moved files from a network that I need to replace.
Import only does what you tell it MiriU. In this case you must have had Move rather than Add selected, though Copy is the default option. I don't believe the source is accessible within Lightroom directly. Rob as a Plugin writer might be more familiar with its availability via the SDK.
But I need to know the 'source and path' of where the file was imported from. So I can copy them back.
Ah.. - unfortunately, I don't think Lightroom records the original source path. Original filename: yes, but original folder: no.
You can check whether what I think is correct by opening the .lrcat file using an SQLite app like SQLiteSpy - you can poke around the tables, or dump the entire database in text form and search with a text tool like an editor or grep utility. There is definitely nothing in the plugin SDK to support it.
Obviously, you need to make sure 'Move' is not selected if you want to 'Add' or 'Copy' - I dunno of any easy way to get them back where they came from - sorry.
Damn. Thank you for your answer Rob and Sean.