3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 20, 2018 2:36 AM by Jim Wilde

    Lightroom catalog import Conundrum

    robertm98079738 Level 1

      I am working professionally with lightroom classic CC 7.0   up until recently I was able to import catalogs prepared for me by a comrade, using the same Lightroom version.  Now I have to do it the hard way,   I'll explain.   Up until probably November we had a system in place.  My comrade would shoot images, import them into Lightroom. Keyword and throw away garbage. Export a catalog onto a non-indexed company directory.  Once uploaded I would import this catalog into my Lightroom catalog as I'm the Librarian and retoucher.     Now when I attempt this,  I get an alert. ''lightroom cannot import this catalog, the catalog does not appear to be a valid lightroom catalog'' *See Below.    This is quite vexing!   As we have been doing this like this for as long as I've been here.   So I have to drag this catalog to a holding folder on my desktop and import it this way.   The person that does the initial catalog is using the same version of Lightroom as I am. 

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      Here is another bit of info to help you help me. When I attempt to import an older catalog that I've previously imported for the same Non-Indexed drive. It will import those files. Only the catalogs from November on.     Please help! 

        • 1. Re: Lightroom catalog import Conundrum
          Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

          First you are 2 point release behind. LR Classic CC is up to 7.2. Use the Creative Cloud Desktop App to update LR C CC to the current version.

          • 2. Re: Lightroom catalog import Conundrum
            PPhotography808 Level 1

            Actually, IF you're both using the same version of LR it sounds more like a like a network drive issue--permissions to be exact. If you can drag the folder to your desktop and then import, your permissions for those files are different than on the network drive. I would check with you network admin to find out if any particular changes were made, say like around November when the import problem began.

            • 3. Re: Lightroom catalog import Conundrum
              Jim Wilde Adobe Community Professional

              I think you may have encountered a bug. If I attempt to "Import from Another Catalog" using LR Classic, and the catalog to be imported is on a network drive, the attempt fails with the same message that you are seeing. Using the same procedure using LR6 works. Oddly, if back in Classic I attempt to import an earlier version catalog from the network drive, that in fact also works (although during the necessary catalog upgrade, it writes the upgraded catalog into the local Pictures folder).


              I'll pass the info along to Adobe to see if I can get an answer, but in the meantime it looks as though you're stuck with copying the catalog to a local drive before you can import it into Classic.


              PS....it works OK on Windows 10, so I think it's definitely a bug.