Lightroom Classic 9: Catalog warning dialog

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When I first launched Lightroom 9, it needed to
update the catalog, creating a new catalog, Lightroom Catalog-2-2.lrcat.

But now, every time I quit, then relaunchLightroom, it shows this dialog box:




I select Yes, use the newer upgraded catalog, thenit launches fine. I just went into the LR Preferences, General, Default Catalog,and saw that the older catalog (version 8.4.1) was selected as the start upcatalog, instead of the newer one. I changed setting to use newer catalog fromnow on, but shouldn’t Lightroom 9 update that setting once I update the older catalog,especially since it can’t use even use the older one in its current state?
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Robert Ripps

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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The default is ‘most recent catalog’, which does just that. If you set it to a specific catalog, then that choice will remain, but I agree that in case of a catalog upgrade it does not make much sense and should be updated too.
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Robert Ripps

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Exactly- since there is no way to use the older catalog, once I update it for newer version, LR should make that the default catalog.
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Bob Smith

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A good habit to get into that avoids all of this is to never launch Lightroom.  Instead "open" the catalog you want to use and Lightroom will launch to open it.  On a Mac, I keep my current catalog in the dock and click that.  I specifically don't keep Lightroom there so that I won't be tempted to launch it that way.  Doesn't happen often but its way too easy to auto open a catalog that you didn't intend to open and only later realize the mistake. I see this often when teaching students new to Lightroom. 
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Robert Ripps

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Interesting...
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Philippe Coudé du Foresto

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As Bob, in my LR course, I advise the student to not start LR directly, but instead create a shortcut to the catalog and use the shortcut to open the catalog.
This avoid a lot of confusions. After all, this seems more logical to me : the objective is to open the catalog, not to run LR, like for a Word or Excel document.