Lightroom: Smart Collections - 'starts with' is broken.

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'starts with' is behaving the same as 'contains'.

For example, if I have metadata:

NOT - Matching

and smart collection criteria:

starts with Matching

it'll match

however if I have smart collection criteria:

NOT - Marching

it won't match

Anybody else?

Lightroom version: 3.6 [795620]
Operating system: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition
Version: 6.1 [7601]
Application architecture: x64
System architecture: x64
Physical processor count: 4
Processor speed: 3.4 GHz
Built-in memory: 7934.1 MB
Real memory available to Lightroom: 7934.1 MB
Real memory used by Lightroom: 448.1 MB (5.6%)
Virtual memory used by Lightroom: 494.7 MB
Memory cache size: 207.8 MB
System DPI setting: 96 DPI
Desktop composition enabled: Yes
Displays: 1) 1920x1200, 2) 1920x1200

I *think* the rest are fine (other than the long-standing "Big Mallard Ducks" 'contains words' bug, I mean).

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Rob Cole

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Posted 7 years ago

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John R. Ellis, Champion

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More generally, I think "Starts With" in LR 3 matches the start of a "word" (a punctuation-separated token) rather than the start of the entire field. See this report, which has been acknowledged by Adobe:
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Rob Cole

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Right - I should have figured it. (thanks John)

Perhaps this thread could be merged (or deleted)?
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Rob Cole

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To be clear, this "problem" is not a bug - Lr is working as designed, but Lr should include an option to treat spaces as part of the search term (and part of the metadata being searched) - current implementation is problematic if metadata has spaces in it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom 6.4 Smart Collection Bug.

I'm seeing a bug where a smart collection that says "Folder starts with X" is finding photos where X is not at the start of the folder name (but is at the end).

Update: I think this is the same issue asĀ