LIGHTROOM sometimes does not accept folder, after renaming parent folder or moving it on disk

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I have since years often the problem, that Lightroom doesn't recognize pictures anymore, after I moved the folder on the disk (which has to happen sometimes). Mostly I can solve it through the "find missing folder" dialogue, but sometimes even showing the folder to lightroom doesn't help anymore. It's the same Folder Name and the same pictures.

I found out, that if a higher folder it in the folder hierarchy was renamed or changed, lightroom does not accept revising the location of the subfolder, which contains the important files with all important meta data.
The folder stays then (even after showing it to lightroom) greyed out and with a question mark. It's exactly the same folder with exactly the same pictures.

Lightroom should accept a folder, regardless from it's file path, when name of folder and images are the same.

(LIGHTROOM 5 on Mac OS 10.10.5, but happened in all other lightroom versions, too...)
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Benedikt Zwölfer

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How would Lightroom know if you have changed a folder outside of Lightroom?

That is Commandment Number 1: NEVER ever, Move, Add, Rename, or Delete a File or a Folder from outside of Lightroom. Follow this commandment and you will be fine. Don't , well and you will find yourself hunting for lost files.
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Benedikt Zwölfer

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Thanks for reply... today even when I tried to reorganize my files through Lightroom, the program lost the the path to a folder after moving it. (Then I had to hide again the parent folder und relocate it again). Maybe because it was only too messed up already...