Lightroom: A way to Auto-run "Library>Find Missing Photos" command

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I recently discovered several thousand photos in my LR4 library were missing... indicated by the "?" on the thumbnail. As I rarely looked at these old folders, it was several months until I noticed. It would be good if the Library>Find Missing Photos command could be set to autorun, and indicate when new missing photos were discovered.
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Yep, gets my full support. Particularly if it's individual photos, rather than whole folders that have gone missing, it can easily be a long time before it's discovered.
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+1 vote: I think at startup and/or shutdown, say along with catalog integrity check (and hopefully: photo integrity check for all file types) would be good.
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I'd like this functionality builtin too.

A plugin could accomplish the checks for missing files at startup via photo:checkPhotoAvailability(). It could even do a large amount of an integrity check by using Exiftool to verify that the file format is readable (which would take a fair amount of time).
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it would be nice to add an 'offline' tag into a smart folder set up. That would then alert you of files offline. Or, as with FCP, when relinking images, relink an entire volume or folder at one time.
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"it would be nice to add an 'offline' tag into a smart folder set up. "

Would there be much practical difference between having a smart collection "Missing Photos" and using the Library > Find Missing Photos command? In either case, you'd have to remember to look at the collection or run the command.

"when relinking images, relink an entire volume or folder at one time."

In LR, you can relink an entire volume or folder --right click the folder and do Update Folder Location.
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good to know thanks, luckily i've not had to use it yet.
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I think during the periodic Catalog Optimization during backup might be a great time to run this and report when you open Lightroom the next time.
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Is this function implemented as an autorun option yet?

(Currently looking for option or plugin to auto-delete images in catalogue that are not available physically on disc.)
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Hi Rob,

Thanks for the suggestion!
Its a a good third alternative for the manual processing of orphans.

The other two manual options are:

1) right click a folder and select "Synchronize"

or

2) select library from the menu, then select find all missing photos, then select all, then delete

Unfortunately i'm looking for an automated option here, which i was wondering if it is implemented as an autorun option as of yet.

However, there is very little talk about autorun for this kind of basic function, which im actually very suprised of - since lightroom as of today seems more mature and would be sort of expected to carry this option. :)

Best regards,

Tobias
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Since catalog is locked and SDK does not support removal of photographs, you won't find a plugin that will do more than Metadata Extensions in this regard. It's tricky business ya know, as currently designed/implemented - somebody powers up Lightroom with the external drive disconnected and finds an empty catalog! So auto-delete would have to be accompanied by auto-import, but as things stand, when a photo is removed from the catalog, so is all the data about them, so it would take a fair amount of effort and "redesign" to really have it how you want it. My guess: ain't gonna happen anytime soon, so... (best to adapt).
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Hi Rob,

Thanks for pointing out the plugin development limitations with Adobe Lightroom SDK.

@Adobe - may you respond by adding folder synchronization _automation_ in the main Adobe Lightroom product as an option? If not, may you open up the SDK to carry opportunity for the plugin developers to add this functionality? (as explained by Rob is currently not available in SDK.)

Looking forward to the new Creative Cloud release of Adobe Lightroom shortly!

Many thanks!

Best regards,

Tobias
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Lr needs a trash can!
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Rob, can you make it a general reply? Then i can hit the icon "good point" to mark the reply :)
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Lr needs a trash can!