Lightroom 5.7: When returning to edited photo in Develop, clicking the original Import In History deletes image from Catalog

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In Lightroom 5, Develop tab, edit a specific photo. Close, reopen, return to previous. After X amount of time and editing, go to History (of alterations) and click the original Import iteration of an image at bottom. Seemingly at random, after one minute of use or eight hours of use, this will appear to remove the image from the catalog completely, but, THANKFULLY, does not delete the original from disk. Yet? Any subsequent photo you try to return to Develop and click the original Import iteration for comparison will be removed from the catalog.

When attempting to re-import, the application's import process no longer 'sees' these images on disk, so you cannot re-import them. They are seemingly 'lost' somewhere in the catalog. Known but unknown, apparently trapped in some kind of Lightroom limbo. I am still testing various ideas to see if I can stimulate LR to regain awareness of these photos, and hopefully their edits.

Restarting the application did not help; restarting the computer does usually mitigate things for a time, but I am reporting this now as even this no longer seems to help. It needs also to be mentioned that opening/restoring to an earlier catalog does not correct anything. I fear, given this, that all original catalogs (and thus all backups) are corrupt and not just the application itself, where a complete application reinstall might have proven fruitful.

Additional info:
Lightroom version: 5.7 [991162]
License type: Perpetual
Operating system: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition
Version: 6.1 [7601]
Application architecture: x64
System architecture: x64
Logical processor count: 8
Processor speed: 3.4 GHz
Built-in memory: 16348.9 MB
Real memory available to Lightroom: 16348.9 MB
Real memory used by Lightroom: 2233.1 MB (13.6%)
Virtual memory used by Lightroom: 2264.9 MB
Memory cache size: 2429.7 MB
Maximum thread count used by Camera Raw: 4
System DPI setting: 96 DPI
Desktop composition enabled: Yes
Displays: 1) 2560x1600, 2) 1080x1920, 3) 1080x1920

Application folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7
Library Path: C:\Users\XXX\Pictures\Lightroom\Lightroom 5 Catalog.lrcat
Settings Folder: C:\Users\XXX\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom

Installed Plugins:
1) Behance
2) Canon Tether Plugin
3) Facebook
4) Flickr
5) Leica Tether Plugin
6) Nikon Tether Plugin

Renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
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Michael Pichahchy

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Posted 3 years ago

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Michael Pichahchy

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Resetting all preferences to defaults helped nothing; complete reinstall of v5.2 and update with Lightroom_5_LS11_win_5_7 did not work either.
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Michael Pichahchy

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Worked out, mostly; I still don't trust it. Looks to be a design flaw. Closed.