- Pause sync in Lr Classic and quit the application
- Log-in to your LR Web App (link below)
- Go to All Photos and select all (check-mark top right – on thumbnails) and choose delete on the blue menu at the top
- Delete the 2013 Album
- Quit the web browser and re-launch Lr Classic
- Tidy up the 2013 collection e.g. delete jpegs
- Mark the 2013 collection again for sync and activate sync again – deactivate pause
I appreciate the help, but this is a perfect illustration of the problem:
1) The 2013 album doesn't exist on the web, so it knows that the collection no longer exists, but it's still going to upload everything from the no-longer-existing collection anyways
2) Going through "All Photos" when you have any substantial amount of photos synced is painfully slow, especially if the photos you're after aren't conveniently located at the chronological beginning or end of all synced photos
3) Deleting everything from 2013 deletes synced photos from other collections (I hope these will re-sync once I turn syncing back on), but sorting through them manually is ridiculous
So, basically LR Classic CC creates a file list and sends it to the cloud. The cloud then apparently asks for all of those files, and nothing you can do will stop that process from chugging along until it completes, unless you want to go through this massive kludge?
Lightroom Classic CC should be able to gracefully stop a cancelled sync without jumping through all of these hoops, and should be able to clean up after itself instead of forcing the user to go to the web to do the job manually. This service has existed for how long? And we're paying Adobe a monthly tithe for all of this "convenience"?
Looking on the bright side, LR Classic CC is just about done getting itself back in agreement with the cloud, so at least the process worked. On the other hand, while scanning through "All Photos", I came across hundreds of other orphans from collections that I told LR CC to stop syncing, but never got removed from the cloud. Awesome!
I really wish somebody at Adobe cared whether users stuck around because they flat-out LOVE the software and services, or just because it's too painful (in $ or time) to turn everything off and start over with companies that care.