Clear cache deletes imports

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Just noticed something strange while clearing the cache today:

When clearing the cache, LR also removes the images which has been imported and already uploaded to the cloud*. To my knowledge, this is a new behavior (or bug?). Can anyone confirm this?

Furthermore and according to me, this does not fit the “cache” definition a AT ALL: cached memory is discardable. Imported images ARE NOT!

A workaround is to toggle the “store locally” function.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m fine with the idea of having the possibility to remove imported images and being able to download them on demand, but MAKE IT CLEAR (terminology) and please INFORM users when a behavior such important as storage is changed! If

*steps to reproduce:
1) Import (raws) to LR Mobile
2) wait a while until some images are uploaded
3) clear cache
4) the images are gone, you need to load the again or tick “store locally”
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Perhaps I'm misunderstanding what you're seeing, but once photos are safely uploaded to the cloud, then any data on the device is just a local cache of the cloud contents. 
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That’s what I was saying: I think it’s not how it used to behave. To be confirmed.

Nevertheless, this is not what cache memory means. Cache is, imo, data downloaded or generated in order to work with temporarily; NOT original or imported data.

Again, I’m not against this behavior, but then use te correct terminology.
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> Cache is, imo, data downloaded or generated in order to work with temporarily

But that's the point. Once the original is safely in the cloud, the local copy is just available to work with temporarily. If you need to retain it locally, that's what store locally is for.
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*sigh* ... I’ll wait for a dev’s reply...
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Victoria is correct. Behavior has not changed and is as-designed. 
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Thanks for the confirmation Rikk! I'd swear it had changed...

As designed ? I can't understand how this can be called "cache", really :o

But then why can't I see original files after having them stored locally again?



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Look in the upper right corner. The cloud icon has a red exclamation mark. You seem to have a problem connecting to the server, so Lightroom can't recreate the preview.
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That's because the cloud storage is almost full, but expect from that, I remained connected for long enough to "re-download" the deleted originals. Hence the blue check in the grid view. (no progress bar, as when it's busy downloading).
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Excuse me Rikk, but I feel I'm missing something. I've loaded an older version of LR (4.3) and it does behaves like I described in my original post: the original raw files are NOT deleted when the cache is cleared, even if they are uploaded in the cloud. Am I missing something ?

1) Importing raw images (not shown)
2) Sync to the cloud (not shown)
3) Scrolling through images display "D'Origine" = Original
4) Check if everything is well synced
5) Disable Wifi to prevent loading images
6) Clear cache, which should remove synced images. "Store locally" is NOT enabled on this album
7) Open images and they display "D'Origine" = Original raws

CLEAR CACHE DOES NOT DELETE IMPORTED RAWS


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