Lightroom: Refuses to export GPS and IPTC locations for some photos

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In two of my catalogs, LR refuses to export the GPS and IPTC locations (Sublocation, City, State/Province, Country) of about 3% of the photos having GPS coordinates (117 out of 4300) . LR exports the locations of most of the photos just fine.

This .zip contains a test catalog I exported from one of the catalogs, containing two photos, "good.jpg" and "bad.jpg": https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/21811200/lr-export-bug.2016.04.26.zip 

Each photo has a GPS location added by the camera, along with uncommitted location fields added by LR's address suggestions. When the photos are exported as JPEGs with the option Include: All Metadata selected and Remove Location Info unchecked, the location fields are exported to "good.jpg" properly, but not to "bad.jpg".  The subfolder "exported-photos" in the .zip contains the exported versions.  The originals are in the subfolder "2017".

The problem is not specific to a particular camera -- it occurs with JPEGs from several different cameras and iPhone models and from JPEGs created by LR and by Photoshop Elements.

Tested with LR CC 2015.10 / OS X 10.12.3.


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Excellent idea.  In fact, the problem was caused by a Saved Location in the Map module that was marked Private.  (Photos with GPS locations falling within the radius of a private saved location never have their locations exported.)

I don't use saved locations.  I had created this one saved location quite a while ago in a test catalog, and I failed to fully appreciate that by default saved locations apply to all catalogs on a given machine (since they are stored in the user-presets folder).  Since the Saved Locations panel was always closed, I never saw that one saved location.

I don't think I would have figured this out without your idea, thanks.