Lightroom 5.3 error during image deletion: "An internal error has occurred: ?:0: attempt to index a nil value"

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Lightroom 5.3 64 bit on Windows 7 Professional

While deleting a group of 265 flagged images from a folder of 317 using ctrl-backspace, (and selecting ”Delete from Disk”), I received the error:

An internal error has occurred: ?:0: attempt to index a nil value

The images appear to have been deleted, but I'm wondering what caused this, whether it could have corrupted the catalog in any way, and whether I should be otherwise worried.

Thanks.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Do you have any publish services set up? (SmugMug or other?)
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Roger Cornelius

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Yes, I have Flickr set up. I believe I've used it once, over a year ago, if that matters.
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It may. Is the error persistent? Wondering if the error was a result of a publish service hiccup. (when I did a search of your error, it seemed to be related to publish service hiccups)
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Roger Cornelius

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I haven't seen the error again and I've been working in LR off and on all day, including deleting photos. As I said, I have Flickr set up in publishing services, but haven't published anything to it in over a year.
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If problem due to publish service, then deleted photo would likely need to have been published on the problem service (and service enabled, whether it's ever used by user or not..) - time elapsed since such publishing is of no consequence.

In other words, Lightroom does this:
* If photo deleted, check if published. If so, call method of publish service to notify & handle... - that's where the problem could occur.

PS - Starting Lightroom with -tracebacks switch may reveal the source (if not the cause) of the problem - ack: not for inexperienced users...

Rob
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None of the photos I've been working with have ever been published, so based on your response, I don't think it could be an issue with publish services. If I see the error again, I will start invoking LR with -tracebacks and try to track it down.

Roger