Lightroom to Photoshop edit sync broken on external drive

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I believe I have located a bug in Lightroom Classic CC when editing a photo in photoshop and the image is to be transferred back to Lightroom on saving. 

If you have images stored on an external drive and edit them in photoshop. Upon saving them, the PSD file is created in the correct location on the external drive.. but Lightroom fails to create a link to the file. Lightroom does attempt to create a linked file within the Lightroom catalogue, but it's the grey 'unable to locate file' place holder image. 

The file path to the 'Missing' PSD that is displayed in the panel above the film strip is the correct path. Manually locating the file will link the file correctly. 


IF you follow the same process with an image stored on the local HDD this process works flawlessly. This is regardless if the catalogue is on the internal or external drive. in my testing, it all depended if the image was on an internal drive or an external drive. 

My set up is that I have both the catalogue and images on an external drive that is permanently plugged into my MacBook. 
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Chris Heron

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I'm running LR 8.3 and PS 2019.  My catalog and images are all on an External Portable HD (Western Digital Passport 4tb).

I cannot replicate your problem.  I can take a CR2 file in LR, right click, select "Edit in Photoshop 2019".  Then in PS, i make an edit and click the "X" on the tab for that image to close the window and say "yes" when it asks if i want to save my changes.  After a bit of a wait (30 - 45 seconds) the edited PSD file shows up in LR.
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I cannot replicate your problem either on my Macs. I have a dedicated external photo disk, so all my Photoshop edits are stored on that external disk and without any problems.

You may want to check one thing: MacOS can deal with slashes in file names just fine, so in MacOS you can save a file with a name like 'Image26/05/2019.TIF'. Lightroom uses slashes as folder separators in its paths, so if you save a file with a name like that in Lightroom, then Lightroom will be looking for an image called  '2019.TIF', stored in a folder called 'Image26' and a subfolder called '05'. As you will understand that leads to a 'missing image' problem in Lightroom.
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Hi Johan... There seems to be a complex issue with Lightroom indexing the imported PSD with a file path containing : instead of / causing the issue but have no way as of yet to resolve it. 

Here is a thread from over at the customer forms examining in detail... also a number of things we have tried to get to the bottom of it. 

https://forums.adobe.com/message/11093835