Lightroom: Importing after renaming a file can corrupt the catalog

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Importing a file with the same name as the original name of a file that was renamed can corrupt the catalog, producing two photos in the catalog with the same filename. I first noticed this bug with my Apply LUT plugin, and it might be related to this person's corruption:

To reproduce:

1. Create a folder "f".

2. Place "x.jpg" into "a" and import it using Add.

3. In Finder, make a copy of "x.jpg" in "a" called "x-a.jpg". 

4. In LR, select "f" in the Folders panel and do Synchronize with the import option Add. There should now be two photos appearing in "f" in the catalog:

5. In the Metadata > Default panel, rename "x-a.jpg" to "x-b.jpg".

6. In Finder, make a copy of "x.jpg" named "x-a.jpg".

7. In LR, synchronize "f" again with the import option Add. There are now three photos shown in "f", with two named "x-b.jpg":

Perhaps the import logic is using the "original filename" rather than the "current filename" when determining duplicates?

8. Select both copies of "x-b.jpg" and hit Delete, choosing Delete From Disk.  This error results:

The two thumbnails are now marked as missing in Library view.  Finder shows "x-b.jpg" as deleted, while "x-a.jpg" is still present.

Tested on LR 8.2.1 / Mac OS 10.14.3. 
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Thanks, I searched but couldn't a previous instance.  I'll merge this one.

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