Issues with creating Lighroom library- space, import errors, LONG import on mac

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I am migrating from bridge to lightroom classic CC2018.

I am trying to import my collections of photos (130k).

1- Import complete but only 20k files are imported with no error messages; RESOLUTION I only had 60gigs of space on my main so I had to move catalogue file to external drive.  The SOFTWARE should warn you how much disk space is needed BEFORE input and tell you what happened.

2- After I work around previous problem, I have SEVERAL thousand import errors due to compatibility of files CREATED in Photoshop over the years.  Come on!  Is this how you reward loyalty?  Why does bridge read them?

"The files could not be read. Please re-open the files in Photoshop and save them with the ‘Maximize Compatibility’ preference enabled. (3232)"

3- It has taken 3 days so far...  should it really take this long?  All the resources on my Mac Pro 2013 are taken up and everything else is slow down.  Clearly resources need to be managed better.

I think 1 and 3 are bugs.

For 2, I'd appreciate advice on how to batch convert the files based on the error list produced

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For #2, you should be able to record a custom PS Action script to open/save/close a PSD document, and then use it to batch process a set of psd files via Photoshop's File>Automate>Batch... command.

To sure the ‘Maximize Compatibility’ is applied, you can consider changing the PS preferences to always maximize the compatibility when the script is run.

1. Choose Edit > Preferences > File Handling (Windows) or Photoshop > Preferences > File Handling (Mac OS).
2. From the Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility menu, choose any of the following: Always. 
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Thanks for the tip.

With batch automate, how can I feed it several thousand text file with a complete list of filenames in different directories (from the import error log)? 
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For #3, are you moving the photos to the external drive as part of the import? Import via Add might be faster. Also try setting import preview option to "Minimal" or "Embedded & Sidecar" would make it faster.

The I/O transfer speed of the external drive is also important.

When you said that that import has been running for 3 days, depending on the import options that you have chosen earlier, it might have finished the adding/copying the photos to the destination folder, and Lr might be in the process of building the previews or converting to DNGs. If the latter is the case, the import process is technically 'complete' and the files are under Lr's management.
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Not moving, but importing and creating previews- again, my computer is virtually useless during that process