Lightroom: Photo stuck in purgatory causing catalog failure?

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I finally discovered which photo has been giving me problems for the last X months+.

It was in the catalog enough that it shows up in the grid, but not in the catalog enough to show up in other circumstances, like catalog:getTargetPhotos().

I deleted it from the catalog, and was not asked whether I wanted to delete or remove (it was not deleted from disk).

I tried to add it back via folder sync but it was not recognized. Finally, I made a copy and imported that instead, then deleted the original from disk. When I tried to rename it to same as original (which no longer existed on disk or "theoretically" in the catalog), it gave me the -2 suffix (indicating original filename was not a viable option).

Summary: I have a photo that is being remembered by the catalog, but that does not appear to be in the catalog... Its entirely possible that this photo is the reason I can not import my catalog into any other catalogs (fails with 'Unknown Error' ). All my backups for the last X months+ have the same problem.
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Rob Cole

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Dan Tull, Employee

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I can look at the catalog if you send it to me. This sounds like some kind of referential integrity issue that'd probably be fairly easy for me to locate.
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TK

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Rob, try this as a fix:

1. Enter the grid mode.
2. Select "All Photographs".
3. Deselect the offending image (might not be possible anymore with your latest catalog, as you have removed it, right? Try a backup which still contains the image and deselect it in the grid.).
4. "Export As Catalog" to a new catalog.

I'm confident, the exported catalog will be fine and you will be able to import it into other catalogs.

I had a similar problem once where one image had a nil value for "rootFolder". That one photo caused a number of issues like loss of performance in the grid view and hiding a number of folders. Once it was purged through the catalog export action, the missing folders reappeared and things went back to normal.