Sometimes your preferences get changed accidentally. Did you actually confirm by looking at the backup option that it is set for once a week? Or are you assuming that because it always was once a week, it must still be once a week?
Nice catch, but yea, I checked that. It's set to "once per week". I checked it in the Catalog preferences, and also the box that appears when quitting Lightroom. That's why I'm confused as to what's happening...
Ok, read the info. Never had to reset preferences before, even after using Lightroom since Version 4.. Should I be nervous? What will this actually reset? Do I need to save my metadata, watermarks and such?
This resets your preferences only. You'll probably have to reset some of the options. If you rename instead of delete the preference file, and then this doesn't work, you can simply un-rename the preference file and all your preferences are back the way they were.
Yea, this is true. Maybe I will try that. Just weird that it decided to do this. I'm always afraid of repeated opening/closing of Lightroom, always afraid I'll muck something up.
Well, this is a coincidence.
Now I am having the same problem with Lightroom 6.4. Every time I exit it asks me if I want to make a backup, even though I have set my backup options to once a week.
Deleting the preference file did not help.
Does anyone have any idea how to fix this?
I can't reproduce your problem. LR 6.4; Win 10.
For a while there, I thought you had discovered a Schroedenbug, but alas, no.
In spite of the backup frequency being an attribute of the catalogue you're using, the last backup date and time is kept in the preferences file. Is there any chance that that file or the folder it resides in has become unwritable?
No, if I let it make a backup every time I exit, the backup is properly made.
(Or were you referring to the preference file folder? In that case, a new preference file was created when I delete the old preference file)
Yes, I was referring to the Preference file, but I should have thought of that.
This is weird. What's your OS?
Probably a stupid question, but is the time-of-day clock on your computer still working?
If you create a new test catalogue, do you still see the same problem with it?
Windows 10, Lightroom CC, I cannot replicate the problem. Everything seems normal.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Yes, the clock shows the correct date and time.
If I create a new catalog, and set the catalog backup setting to weekly backups, the new catalog does not make backups when I close it.
Looks like it's time to import everything into the new catalog. Ugh!
I have an addendum to this issue... I changed the frequency of backups to monthly, and it seemed to work. I opened/closed Lightroom a few times, and it didn't ask me to backup.
But... There are times when I keep Lightroom open for 2-3, even 4 days straight, like this week I had 4 big photo shoots, so I left Lightroom open. So I was finally done with my editing about 30 minutes ago, so I figured... why not change the frequency back to weekly and see what happens... well, i didn't like what happened. I closed Lightroom by "File", then "Exit"... my screen went black, about 10 seconds later a white rectangle appeared on my screen, then I get the dreaded "Windows is waiting for this program to close..." error. I waited about 2 minutes for it to TRY to find a solution, then I just clicked "Cancel" and after about 30 seconds Lightroom closed.
I'm afraid to open it back up. I think I'll wait a day or so and try it again. I am so afraid of screwing up everything... but this is getting very unnerving...
By the way, I'm running Windows 10 with all latest updates, and Lightroom CC with all latest updates (I'm on the Photography plan...).
Well, the problem seems to have fixed itself. I can't explain why.
Yesterday, I decided to import my existing LR catalog into a new blank catalog that wasn't displaying this problem, but this was taking soooo long that I decided to cancel the catalog import. And voila! Problem in the original catalog is now gone.
Anyone still getting this?
It happened on and off a month or two ago, stopped happening, now is happening every time. Details:
- Lightroom CC 2015.6 (up to date) on Windows 10 64-bit, catalog preference set to "once a week, when exiting"
- Every time I exit, it prompts me to backup, even if I've last backed up only seconds ago.
- In Catalog settings, it correctly shows when the last backup was done, but still wants to backup next time I exit even though it's set to weekly backups.
- I can choose "skip until next week", but it still prompts me next time.
- If I set "Once a month, when exiting" then it behaves properly (at the moment, I've only tried it once)
On past performance, it will sort itself out in a few days, then start messing up in a few weeks.
Could there be something wrong with the date checking code in the backup? Most be something obscure if it happens only for a few people.
Weird, as of yesterday, this had been happening to me every time I exited Lightroom for over a week. I verified several times that my catalog settings were set to backup once a week. Mostly, I had been using two of several catalogs I have, and it was doing it with both catalogs. This morning, I tried opening a catalog I had not used for over a month, exited it, backed up when asked, and then tried again. It worked as expected (did NOT ask for a backup), and now the other catalogs are working properly too. Since I hadn't tried the failing catalogs first, I'm not sure if this somehow fixed the problem, or if it just spontaneously cleared up, as Simon noted above. I will keep an eye on it, and report back here if it starts doing it again.
Oh yes, I have Lightroom CC, 2015.7.