Lightroom: Can't update this collection: Semi Colon Expected

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I can't add not images to Flickr. Keep getting this message.

Can't update this collection: An internal error has occurred: A semi colon character was expected
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Gordon Magee

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Peter McClintock

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Just got this error now!
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Gordon Magee

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I just chatted with Adobe tech support and they could not solve my problem So now I am uninstalling and reinstalling to see it that works
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Peter McClintock

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Just tried a couple of basic things. Rebooted, and tried a different image, but neither helped. The only thing that I think has changed on my sistem, is that Microsoft Updates were applied since the last time I successfully uploaded to Flickr.

The same images upload successfully to other services, such as Facebook, so I suppose the problem could be on the Flickr server side.
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Gordon Magee

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Uninstall reinstall didn't work. Just check with another friend of mine and he encountered the same problem. So I assume it is universal.
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Jorun Tharaldsen

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I had the same proplem just now. Earlier today it worked, and I have made no changes recently. I believe the problem is on the Flickr server side
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Gordon Magee

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It is back working again. I made no changes. So maybe it was on the Flickr side
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Yes, this looked like a server side hiccup with their auth code.
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Gordon Magee

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Thanks
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Jorun Tharaldsen

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It works again now, some hickups, though.
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This almost certainly an issue with Flickr. For the last year or so, Yahoo has had lots of trouble maintaining a stable upload service -- there are many threads in the Lightroom forums about transient problems lasting hours and sometimes days.

So best to wait 12 hours and try again. (I just tested updating an published collection by adding new photos and modifying existing ones, and it worked fine in my test.)
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Peter McClintock

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Working again for me :)
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Hmm... got this error today for the first time ever... (using LR5)

Logged in to flickr with the browser just to make sure Flickr's servers are up and responding.

2 minutes later publishing from LR5 to Flickr photoset suddenly started working again...
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struggling with this too on LR4.4. been trying for 3days now to upload to Flikr. Are we saying that this isn't a LR issue but the Flikr one??
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"Are we saying that this isn't a LR issue but the Flickr one??"

Almost certainly.  For the last year or two, when this error (and others) occurred with LR 5 and 6, the problem invariably went away after a day or two or three.   (Search for that error message in this forum and the LR user-to-user forum.)   And when the LR built-in Flickr plugin was experiencing issues, this third-party Flickr plugin, which has an excellent reputation, was also experiencing issues.

There are fewer reports for LR 4, however, so it may be that an incompatibility between Flickr and LR 4 has developed that isn't transient.   The easiest way to troubleshoot that is to try the free trial of LR 6 briefly.
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Jorun Tharaldsen

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My problem must have been Flickr-related, After a day everything was OK, and has been working since then.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Flickr plugin throughs 'Document is empty' error (LR 4.4.1 under Mac OS 10.10.5).

Flickr plugin stopped working several weeks ago. It throughs an error on exporting photos. Below is a log file.

Plug-in error log for plug-in at: /Applications/Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.app/Contents/PlugIns/Flickr.lrplugin

**** Error 1

This plug-in’s post-processing task did not finish successfully.
Error Domain=NSXMLParserErrorDomain Code=4 "Line 1: Document is empty
" UserInfo=0x610002c6f980 {NSLocalizedDescription=Line 1: Document is empty
}
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It appears that Flickr changed something a while ago that broke compatibility with the built-in Flickr plugin in older versions of LR: Flickr: The Help Forum: [investigating] It's back. Flickr Upload Via Lightroom not working, semicolon expected.  You've got a few options:

- Upgrade to the new version of LR.

- Use this third-party plugin: 
Jeffrey Friedl's Blog » Jeffrey’s “Export to Flickr” Lightroom Plugin. The author has an excellent reputation, with many LR plugins (he helped design LR's publishing architecture), which he supports better than Adobe supports their plugins.

- The thread above in the Flickr help forum also references a free Flickr plugin that appears to work for a number of people in that thread. But its author is unknown -- I recommend being conservative and using one of the previous two options.

It's unfortunate that Flickr broke compatibility with old software, but that's one of many symptoms of Yahoo's descent into the death spiral -- Flickr just isn't a reliable service anymore. 
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