LR 3.5RC: Reproducible spurious "Metadata file needs to be updated"

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Many people have complained about spurious "Metadata file needs to be updated" icons appearing on thumbnails in Library mode. That has happened to me off and on for a year with LR 3. I now have a small 16-image catalog for which this happens repeatedly. No matter how many times I select all the thumbnails and do Metadata > Save Metadata To File, the needs-updating icons reappear very quickly, usually within seconds. The metadata is getting written to the files correctly -- it's just that LR doesn't think it has.

The test catalog was created with LR 3.5RC on Windows 7 by exporting from my main catalog (also exhibiting the problem).

Adobe, you can download the zipped folder containing the complete catalog and images from: (111 MB)

Please let me know if you download it, so I can free up my Dropbox space.
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Official Response
Can you try this again with the new Lightroom 3.6 version? it's available on or use "Check for Updates" in the Lightroom help menu.