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Thu, Jul 21, 2016 7:37 AM

Not a problem

LR unresponsive after starting

When LR is just been started, it does not respond at all to commands in the Library menu, such as New Collection or New Smart Collection. Also the library sub-folderstructure is shown greyed out. It takes forever before the subfolders are accessible and commands are accepted.

My "solution" is to keep LR running all the time 

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4 years ago

Tell us a bit more Hans.  Operating system and Lightroom version would be a great start.

Beyond that, tell us more about the catalog.  How many photos.  How many smart collections.  When was it last optimized.  And where are the photos stored (e.g. local or network storage).

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4 years ago

Thanks for responding, Victoria. I am running LR 6 stand alone  on an iMac, OSX 10.10.5
#photo's is approx. 25.000, #smart collections 10. The majority of images is JPG (22.700), the rest is RAW. I started LR a few months ago, coming from Aperture, so the images have been imported. I never did an optimize and didn't know I had to (What does it do, how often needed?)

The folders are on a USB 3.0 external drive. Number of sub folders is 1000+

Hope this helps

Champion

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4 years ago

Let's start with Optimize then. It tidies up and helps to keep your catalog running smoothly and quickly. (The more technical version - over the course of time, with many imports and deletes, the data can become fragmented and spread across the whole database, making Lightroom jump around to nd the information it needs. Optimize Catalog runs a SQLite VACUUM command to sort it all back into the correct order, bringing it back up to speed.)

You'll find it under File menu > Optimize Catalog, and there's also a checkbox in the Back Up Catalog dialog, that's worth leaving checked when you back up so it happens automatically.

It's worth doing whenever LR's feeling a bit sluggish, or when you've made significant database changes, such as removing or importing a large number of photos

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872 Points

If I understand you correctly, that would imply that optimizing the catalog while backing it up indeed has only an effect on the backup and NOT the actual catalog in use?
If so: Oh dear! I'll give it a try at home and see if some witchcraft is going to happen. I actually had expected the optimization to be done for the working catalog aswell/automatically.

Champion

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No, it runs the optimization on the actual catalog, don't worry.

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Thanks for the quick reply :)
So if I backup daily and thus optimize the catalog daily there is no point in optimizing it again? The sluggishness has to come from somewhere else then... but thats a story for a different thread.

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Correct.

Where's the catalog stored?  Drive speed can make a significant difference to opening time.

And when you say 1000+ subfolders, are they all in the Folders panel in one long list or a hierarchy?

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"Optimize" optimizes the current catalog.
It can also be used during "back-up" in which case, a back up copy of the catalog is created before optimizing the catalog.