Lightroom Classic: Add folder feature crashes program with large folders

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Lightroom Classic 8.2.1

In Library module, with left panel visible, there is an expandable list named "Folders". The header bar for this has a plus sign, which allows you to add a folder to the list.

Normally, when you add a folder from your disk, it will make an entry into this list of folders, and it will bring up the "Import" dialog. There it presents preview cells for all the image files it finds in this folder. This allows you select what you want imported into the catalog. Once you complete this dialog, your catalog will have everything you selected, and the new folder item will show up in the Folders list. All is good.

I use this feature heavily. But if the the folder I am trying to add has a large number of image files in it, (apparently greater than 5000), then the program locks up nearly immediately. The Import dialog window will never pop up. The program will just start sucking up memory, and eventually bog down the whole system. The program shows as non-responsive and needs to be force killed to get it to stop.

This is 100% reproducible.

Mac OS 10.13
Hundreds of GB disk space available.

Note that if I just directly use the Import dialog, for the same large folders, it has no problems. But I then need to immediately make a Collection from the latest import, so I have a captured list of the items that came from a specific folder. This is a kinda okay work-around, but would prefer if the Add Folder feature actually worked without crashing.!
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Posted 1 year ago

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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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Where's the problem folder stored? internal drive? external drive? NAS?
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Source folder is on internal hard disk. Not the system disk, but an additional disk. (shouldn't matter !)
Other folders on same disk have imported just fine, as long as they have smaller amounts of image files.

Might mention that all these folders contain TIFF files.

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is this one super folder? or a folder with sub folders within? say Trip then day 1/day 2 etc for a total combo?