5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 12, 2018 2:04 AM by john beardsworth

    Folders with"info.lua" files popping up in my Lightroom folder


      I have 19 sub-folders that automatically pop up in my folder where I have all my photos stored. The folders are all named with dates (eg. 1-4 or 2-26).


      There are no images in the files, but when I look in the folders, there's a file called: info.lua.


      I've tried to remove the folders within Lightroom, but whenever I try to remove them, they automatically regenerate!


      Does anybody know how I can permanently get rid of the folders?

        • 1. Re: Folders with"info.lua" files popping up in my Lightroom folder
          Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

          What OS are you using?

          Exact version of LR?

          Do you see these folder in the LR Folders list in the Library modules left hand panel or just when looking at the drive/top level folder with the File Manager for the OS you are using?

          • 2. Re: Folders with"info.lua" files popping up in my Lightroom folder
            john beardsworth Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            They appear because of Lr Mobile and that date's mobile photos should appear in them. Have you deleted these photos as some point?


            It's not clear what you mean by "regenerate" but when you delete these folders in LR, LR removes the folder from the catalogue but doesn't actually delete it in Explorer/Finder. That's because LR sees there is something in the folder (the info.lua file) and opts for the sfer method of removing rather than deleting.

            • 3. Re: Folders with"info.lua" files popping up in my Lightroom folder
              katemac02 Level 1

              I also am having trouble with info.lua files populating my folders within LR.  I import my iPhone photos via LRCC app to the cloud and then they sync with LR Classic.  Once in classic I move my iPhone photos into my normal organization system and out of the import folder. But what remains in the original import folder is this info.lua file.  So it looks like those folders are empty within the LR hierarchy (they say 0 files in there).  Usually I would tell LR to remove that folder from within the catalog and everything would be fine.  But since that info.lua file is in each of the date folders they are not deleted on my hard drives.  I went and saw all the folders (with the original dates from import) that each have one info.lua file within them.  This is making a mess of my folder system.  Help!  I never had this before.  I am using LR Classic CC 7.4, LR CC 3.11, Mac Sierra 10.12.6

              • 5. Re: Folders with"info.lua" files popping up in my Lightroom folder
                john beardsworth Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                I find this issue such a time-waster that I wrote this script. Select the folders in Folders panel, run the script and it deletes any info.lua files. You can then delete the folders in LR normally, which then means they're gone in Finder/Explorer too.






                Copies smart collections to dumb ones


                SETUP INSTRUCTIONS


                Open the file in TextEdit and change the value myNewPrefix below

                Temporarily save this file onto your desktop and call it "YOURFILENAME.lua".


                Now you need to create a scripts folder:

                    In Lightroom, choose Lightroom > Preferences (Mac OS) or Edit > Preferences (Windows).

                    Choose the Preset tab and select Show Lightroom Presets folder.

                    Create a folder in the Lightroom folder called Scripts.

                    Copy the "YOURFILENAME.lua" script into the Scripts folder.

                    Quit and reopen Lightroom.

                You should now see a little scripts menu to the right of the Help menu. It has a single item Title case keywords.



                if MAC_ENV then SEP = '/' else SEP = '\\' end



                Don't change anything after here


                LrView = import 'LrView'

                LrDialogs = import 'LrDialogs'

                LrApplication = import 'LrApplication'

                catalog = LrApplication.activeCatalog()

                LrTasks = import 'LrTasks'

                LrFileUtils = import 'LrFileUtils'

                LrFunctionContext = import 'LrFunctionContext'


                if LrApplication.versionTable()['major'] <5 then

                    LrDialogs.message( "Oops - must be run in Lr5 or later" , "collection:getSearchDescription() is a feature introduced in Lr5")



                    LrTasks.startAsyncTask( function()   

                    catalog:withWriteAccessDo( "Duplicate smart collections", function()

                        folder = catalog:getActiveSources( )

                        for i, folder in ipairs(folder) do               

                            if folder:getPath() ~= nil then

                            path = folder:getPath() .. SEP .. 'info.lua'           

                            if LrFileUtils.exists(path) == 'file' then

                                LrFileUtils.delete( path )




                        LrDialogs.showBezel( "Now try deleting the folders in Lr")