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Tue, May 11, 2021 9:00 PM

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Lightroom Classic: Networked locations will duplicate if you "Show Parent Folder" on local folders and get to root drive (Mac)

I have my local library in my catalog, as well as some photos in networked folders. I found that if I right click and select "Show Parent Folder" until I get to the hard drive on the local files, it will duplicate the networked folders under the root drive. An example is below, I already removed the networked drives so I can't get a screenshot. Luckily removing the duplicate network folders didn't remove the other instances in the catalog. Hope it makes sense. The bold/underlined words are the top level collapsible folders in LR, usually a drive (right?). Using LRC v 10.2 on Mac OS X 10.14.6.

Folders pane:

v Macintosh HD

     v Users

          v Me

               > Lightroom Library

     v Volumes

         v Networked Drive 1

             > Folder on networked drive 1

         v Networked Drive 2

             > Folder on networked drive 1

v Networked Drive 1

             > Folder on networked drive 1

v Networked Drive 2

             > Folder on networked drive 1

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8 m ago

/Volumes is normally a hidden folder.  It's there and it shows any drive connected to your computer. If you use "go to folder" from the Finder and type in /volumes you'll see it.  That's normal.  It is NOT normal for Lightroom to be cataloging files from there.  I fought this years ago (ten maybe?) in a college art lab that I managed.  We had an unusual setup that's not relevant here, but the gist of what caused student's problems was identical to what you're seeing.  They would have two instances of their image library in the catalog and could be editing the "wrong" version without realizing it... and major angst followed when the next time they logged in much of their work was gone.  I don't recall the ultimate solution we arrived at.  Mostly it involved getting students to actively look for two instances of their drive in their catalog and seek help before going getting deeper into trouble.  

In our lab's case all of the files were local... not networked.  The student's home directory was on their own portable hard drive connected by firewire at that time.  Their catalog and all of their images were within that drive

I'll let someone with more experience here chime in about a solution.

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8 m ago

There are some workarounds that usually eliminate the duplicate folders. But before proceeding with that, it would be good to see a screenshot of the entire Folders panel corresponding to what you described above -- there may be important clues not in your description.