Lightroom 6 Flickr uploader creates new photo after edits, creates new album after deleting a photo from flickr

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I've been having two problems recently with Lightroom 6 (and 5) with the built-in Flickr export plugin.

1. Whenever I add a photo to a collection that isn't my Photostream, any time I update a photo (say, changing metadata or making tweaks to the photo itself), Lightroom seems to upload a new copy of the photo. This means that every time I update one or more photos, I end up having to go into my Flickr stream and delete duplicates of photos. This is annoying, of course, because it means I have to manually go in and delete the older versions of the photos.

2. It seems that everything is OK with my Flickr albums after deleting the duplicates, so long as I delete the older duplicate. At one point, I deleted the newer duplicate. This seems to have caused Lightroom's Flickr uploader to freak out (seemingly during the comment retrieval phase?) and all new uploads for the same Lightroom album end up in a new Flickr album. Of course, both Flickr albums have the same name now, but different IDs.

As a workaround for #2, I tried editing the catalog file using the sqlite3 command line client. This involved simply closing Lightroom, editing the AgLibraryPublishedCollection table's entry for that particular collection so that the publishedUrl and remoteCollectionId fields would point to the correct Flickr collection. This doesn't seem to cause problems for the collection, but then whatever logic in the Lightroom Flickr plugin seems to kick in and create a new Flickr album and move the photo into the new album when it can't find one of its photos. I presume there's more I'd have to do in order to convince the Lightroom catalog that this missing photo isn't the end of the world.
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