Lightroom CC: Cloned catalog detected

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Ok, so I keep on getting the "Cloned catalog detected" prompt every time I start Lightroom CC on my iMac: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-cc/kb/cloned-catalog-detected.html

Apparently this would indicate that my original image files would have references to incorrect hard drive IDs. But the thing is I haven't added any originals via the desktop Lightroom CC: all I have on the Lightroom cloud originates from Lightroom Classic (i.e. originals are handled by that).

So it's first of all weird that I get the notice.

Secondy, the fix asks to delete the catalog file and redownload everything again from the cloud. Sure, wouldn't be a problem as such for me as I have just a few shared folders on the cloud to begin with at the moment. But the problem I see here is that this would also delete all other settings and presets as well – the catalog file Lightroom Library.lrlibrary contains those too. I've e.g. gone to great lengths to import the VSCO film presets from Classic to CC, which would also be wiped with the restart, forcing me do to reimport those once more.

So is there a way to do a library reset just for the images, keeping everything else intact?
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Presets are stored in the cloud nowadays, so deleting your local library should not cause you to lose them.
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Ah, true! Good point, thanks. Did wipe the .lrlibrary and started over from the cloud, everything seems to work now. (Still not quite sure why this popped up for me, though...)