Lightroom Classic 7.3: "Not Responding" Constantly

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I use Lightroom Classic CC on a powerful iMac with 32GB memory and tons of available disk space available.  Ever since about maybe three weeks ago LR started to go into "Not Responding" status after it sits unused for a while.

It's just fine as I am using it.  And it's just fine if I let it sit unused for a couple hours and come back to it.  But if I wait too long between sessions, or if it's open overnight before I use it again the next morning,  it goes into "Not Responding."  If I manage to get into LR after clicking the icon in the dock, I can click something about every 30 seconds, and between clicks I get the color wheel. The only way out of this is exit the app.

I have read elsewhere it could be due to lack of free space. This is not the case here.  Also, I heard that it could help if I uncheck "Use Graphics Processor" in preferences.  This does not help.

It's pretty frustrating. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Here's my system info:

Lightroom Classic version: 7.3 [ 1164630 ]License: Creative Cloud
Language setting: en-US
Operating system: Mac OS 10
Version: 10.13.4 [17E199]
Application architecture: x64
Logical processor count: 8
Processor speed: 4.0 GHz
Built-in memory: 32,768.0 MB
Real memory available to Lightroom: 32,768.0 MB
Real memory used by Lightroom: 2,476.9 MB (7.5%)
Virtual memory used by Lightroom: 6,765.6 MB
Memory cache size: 27.3MB
Internal Camera Raw revision: 933
Maximum thread count used by Camera Raw: 5
Camera Raw SIMD optimization: SSE2,AVX,AVX2
Camera Raw virtual memory: 821MB / 16383MB (5%)
Camera Raw real memory: 832MB / 32768MB (2%)
Displays: 1) 5120x2880

Graphics Processor Info: 
Metal: AMD Radeon R9 M395



Application folder: /Applications/Adobe Lightroom Classic CC
Library Path: /Users/mark/Dropbox/Lightroom/Lightroom Catalog-2.lrcat
Settings Folder: /Users/mark/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom

Installed Plugins: 
1) AdobeStock
2) Aperture/iPhoto Importer Plug-in
3) Canon Tether Plugin
4) Facebook
5) Flickr
6) HDR Efex Pro 2
7) Luminar
8) Luminar 2018
9) Nikon Tether Plugin

Config.lua flags: None

AudioDeviceIOBlockSize: 512
AudioDeviceName: Built-in Output
AudioDeviceNumberOfChannels: 2
AudioDeviceSampleRate: 44100
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CoreImage: true
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GL_ACCUM_BLUE_BITS: 0
GL_ACCUM_GREEN_BITS: 0
GL_ACCUM_RED_BITS: 0
GL_ALPHA_BITS: 8
GL_BLUE_BITS: 8
GL_DEPTH_BITS: 24
GL_GREEN_BITS: 8
GL_MAX_3D_TEXTURE_SIZE: 16384
GL_MAX_TEXTURE_SIZE: 16384
GL_MAX_TEXTURE_UNITS: 8
GL_MAX_VIEWPORT_DIMS: 16384,16384
GL_RED_BITS: 8
GL_RENDERER: AMD Radeon R9 M395 OpenGL Engine
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GL_STENCIL_BITS: 8
GL_VENDOR: ATI Technologies Inc.
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Greetings Mark,

7.3.1 was released earlier today and had some bug fixes for crashing behavior included that might be affecting you as well. I would recommend you install the 7.3.1 update and monitor your system to see if it becomes unresponsive as you've seen in the past. If it does misbehave again, grab a screenshot of your Activity Monitor so we can take a look at the running processes on your Mac. 
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Unfortunately, it did not fix the issue.  Went non-responsive after a few hours of not using it.  

I brought up Activity Monitor to take a screenshot for you but see that it would take 3 or 4 screenshots to capture it all.  Is that what you want still?

Interestingly, when looking at the Activity Monitor I saw LR's CPU percentage jump up to over 100% a few times, alternating between that and low single digit percentages. It's settled down now.

However, I see Russ Quinlan's comment below, where he went back to 7.2 and his similar issue has stopped.  I have a feeling that's it's not my other applications (which haven't changed since this issue started a few weeks ago), but the LR release.
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I have exactly the same issue while I am running Windows 10. The issue is still persisting with 7.3.1.. In fact, my LR gets unresponsive already after some minutes of inactivity. 

I was in contact (via chat) with Adobe support, but that did not help at all. I already performed all the standard troubleshooting steps including resetting everything, reinstalling the app, trying different (new) catalogs, updating all driver. Support did some obviously needless things like give all users on my computer full rights to all Adobe folder (did not change anything since the logged in user already had that permissions).

I am pretty sure it is a software issue of LR, maybe a deadlock of some background processes which start after some idle time of LR.

No clue why not all users are impacted and Adobe cannot reproduce it in there (automated) tests.

I do not see any specific configuration with my machine, especially since Mac users are affected too. I am using and Nvidia card, but looking at the post, it also happens for AMD cards.

For me it is fully reproducible with a brand new catalog and only few images in it.
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Frank Fischbach, 7.2 is still working fine, but I should add that it was on my work computer, where the same issue doens't happen on my home computer with 7.3.1.  Now if I could only figure out why.
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Thanks, I'm going to update and give it a shot!
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Russ Quinlan

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I have the same problem and 7.3.1 did not fix it.  Giving up and going back to 7.2.  Disgusted with Adobe right now.
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How did it go, Mark?
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Russ, do you have a USB drive that is going offline? Issue described here: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom-classic-7-3-crash-on-eject-sd-card
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Thanks Jeffrey, but shoot, I already went back to 7.2 and it's working great.   I'll keep this if they come up with a new update and it still crashes.
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Mark Fleming

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This is so frustrating. Constantly having to Force Quit LR and restarting.  I hope a fix is coming very soon.
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Frank Fischbach

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Mark, do you have an external USB card reader connected to your Mac? I just removed disconnected my card reader (there was no card inserted) and it did not crash since then. I need to do some more tests tomorrow...
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Frank,  I do have an external drive, but like so many others, it's the working drive I keep my LR photo library on. So I cannot disconnect it.
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I did some more testing and did not have the problem after removing my external USB card reader - so I am pretty sure that the issues is related to some external USB devices. Maybe some issue when the devices goes into power save mode - you might try to disable the power save for the external drive (if that is possible).
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I’ll check to see if I can keep that drive from sleeping. But since it never had done this until, roughly, a month or more ago, I hope Adobe is taking note of your comment since it has to be something with their recent LR updates.
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Mark Fleming

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Three days ago I unchecked on my Mac in Energy Saving "Put Hard Disk to sleep when possible."  My external drive is a G-Drive and I read that it respects Mac's preferences.  
Unfortunately, it has not helped. LR still goes to unresponsive mode.
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Still becomes unresponsive apparently after computer goes into screen saver but definitely every time I leave it alone for a few hours.  Have tried every possible thing mentioned in the various threads.  Never had any issues to speak of before with LR or PS hanging like this.  
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Frank Fischbach

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Did you disconnect all external USB devices (as possible)? I disconnected my (unused) USB card reader and the issue was gone. Maybe also deactivating power save modes might help...
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Has anyone found a fix for this? I'm having the same issue with my imac since upgrading. After about an hour of inactivity, my external drives go to sleep. I have to completely restart my computer each time to fix it. I have tried 'turning off power saving mode'. I also chatted with the tech, who wasn't able to help. I even reverted back to 7.2 and that hasn't helped either.  Below is a screen shot of the error in lightroom, and a shot of all my missing folders on my drive. 

 
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