Lightroom: Missing Camera Profile Warning

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I exported a shoot as a new catalog from an existing catalog to transfer to different computer for editing. I forgot that I had created a custom profile using the X-Rite colorchecker plug-in for said shoot. Once the newly made catalog was transferred to another computer for editing the profile was shown but then disappeared and Lightroom automatically switched to the next profile in the list which happened to be a different custom profile which produced incorrect colors.

I suspect the original profile was shown because when I created the new catalog I transferred smart previews, then disappeared because lightroom realized it did not have the .dcp file in the camera profiles folder. Before I realized this issue some files were exported to photoshop for further editing and the incorrect profile was embedded in the tiff file, and this is where the problem is. 

I realize this is likely a rather uncommon issue and a problem of my own doing though I think it is worth a mention as it could be avoided if Lightroom did one of the following:

1) Transfer assigned profiles when creating new catalogs (unlikely to happen I suspect). 
2) Give a warning when a profile is missing so the user is aware of the issue and can proceed accordingly.
3) If a profile is missing instead of switching to the next profile in the list, which in my case was a different custom profile which had an improper color balance, switch to the program default, adobe standard for example, which would give a more neutral color balance. 

Many thank yous.
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charlie chipman

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