Lightroom 4: Large folders don't show images in Navigator.

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Lightroom is unable to display photos in folders which have a large number of files.

I have folders with over 4,000 images. The folders work properly in LR3, but LR4 says that there are no photos in the folder or "no photo selected" and doesn't show any images in the filmstrip.

It does reports the proper number of files (4324 in one case) in the navigator list.

This happens in every folder I have with a large number of files. I have tried re-importing them and nothing happens.
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Paul Gernhardt

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There are people reporting not seeing their images in filmstrip or grid, under different circumstances, and I haven't been able to replicate any of them. I have one folder with 67,000 images in it, and they all show up in grid, filmstrip and navigator.

I'm still wondering about filtering, possibly related to map. I had that happen once and was never able to replicate it after a restart.
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This makes LR4 pretty useless to me for my current library!

The navigator view work for all other folders, just not folders with large number of files (typically over 4,000). The view works fine for all other folders. There isn't anything special about the folders except the number of files

The files also don't show up in a search on filename or keyword -- although other files with the same name do show up.

In fact as I look through my collection I can view folders, with or without subfolders, that contain 3060, 3338, etc. Whenever I find one that has over 4,000 file the grid view says "Loading" very briefly and then the grid view says "No folders in selected folder".

4,000 is a rough cut-off. Folders I've tried to view have 4,324, 4425, 4604 and folders with sub-folders higher than those.
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Re-Importing the catalog from LR3 (create new catalog and import from catalog) seems to have solved the problem. It looks like the auto-import function leaves some bad things in the new LR4 catalog that it can't hangle large folders even after optimizing and re-syncing the folders.

134,883 files in the catalog re-imported from old catalog in about half an hour. Not bad. :D

Adobe needs to fix the import-on-install function.

I'm glad it works now... not happy about the bug. I hope Adobe fixes it for other people.
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I did the same as Paul G and mine too is now seeing the large folders correctly.
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I have my image files located on a Windows Home Server. To aid clarity in describing my problem I will use some directory/folder names.

The WHS is referred to in Lightroom 4 as \\ORACLE-3\photos. This is the root of the WHS shared folder

The main parent folder in this root is named LIGHTROOM. In this folder are a host of sub folders organised by subject. I will use just 2 to illustrate the hierarchy

LIGHTROOM\BIRDS
and LIGHTROOM\CHURCHES.

Now in the entire LIGHTROOM folder structure are 20323 images. This figure is reported by LR4 to the right of the folder name in the LR Library folders tab.

In both BIRDS and CHURCHES folders are further subdirectories and the total number of images is correctly reported to the right of the folder names in the Library folders tab.

The problem is when I click on to the root folder LIGHTROOM I get no image thubnails in the Library grid window. I see only the message 'No photos in selected Folder'. I have the menu option 'Library | show Photos in Subfolders' ticked. If I untick this the 20323 image count to the right of the LIGHTROOM folder name in the Folders tab reverts to 0.

Now it is important to note that I could see all the 20323 thumbnails in the grid in LR3 by clicking on LIGHTROOM to highlight the folder, now I cannot see the entire library content anymore in LR4.

I can click on any of the main subfolders like say BIRDS and the entire content of all the subfolders in BIRDS appears in the grid. If I untick the menu option 'Library | show Photos in Subfolders' and then click on BIRDS the count changes to 0 ( There are no photos in the BIRDS root, only in the sub folders) and the grid message changes to 'No photos on selected Folder Subfolders not shown'

Now if I put photos on a local hard drive in a folder structure to mimic my main WHS folder hierarchy then the grid display acts as I would expect when I click on the parent folder. So it appears to be related to the fact that the images are held on an external network storage system ( my WHS).

I am running LR4 on a Windows 7 64 bit system with i7 processor and 6Gb DRAM.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Unable to display contents of subfolders when selecting parent folder on WHS.
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When will Adobe fix this bug?
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If you follow the merged thread you will see I resolved my situtation by creating a new blank catalogue and imported from my old V3.6 catalogue and the problem was resolved for me and some others in the thread. It looks like the initial run once Lightroom 4 aut import does not work reliably and creates the anomoly.
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Hi Tony,

Thanks for the reply!

I tried this - but unfortunately creating a new Lr4 Cat and importing the LR3.6 Cat results in an unknown error.

I have synchronized, optimized and wrote back all the XMP data for my LR3.6 Cat. - still no success.....
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I too had an error at about the stage when the process was dealing with the previews. I looked around the catalogue and it all seemed intact so I just set lightromm building all the previews for the whole import and that took a good few hours but the big folder not showing went away and all seems fine - that is apart from the evry slow export of web galleries which is also plagueing me. Isn't it all very disappointing after all the hype?