Lightroom Classic: Mac root Folder

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I use Windows 10 and have no problems with Parent Folders in Lightroom Classic CC.

However, whilst giving Lightroom tutorials and training to members of my Camera Club, some  who use MAC, I have noticed a very disturbing thing.

When repeating 'Show Parent Folder' on an external drive until I get up to the main drive (whether internal or external), on the MAC I find that I come to a sort of 'root' folder symbol.

Below that I can suddenly see all drives, both internal and external and the images on them
Even though I have a single external drive selected in the folder tab.

If you don't notice this, you could be fooled into thinking that all the images being displayed in the grid view are on the selected external drive and could start to manipulate/delete/rename them etc thinking they WERE on the external drive.

This seems to me to be a VERY dangerous situation.

My Question is: Is this a MAC thing or a problem with Lightroom when running on the Mac?

If it is a MAC thing then Lightroom should not allow the last 'Show Parent Folder' step up to what appears to be a Computer Root folder and stay at the selected drive root folder.

Michael
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Michaelfromoz

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Zigi Putnins

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if i select a drive and "go up", i would expect to (after a few clickc) see the computer and all the drives. that's how windows explorer works.

i just checked my windows LR CC and dont see "show parent folder". I'm in library module, in the folders panel. Right click on a folder and i don't see "show parent folder"
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Michaelfromoz

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This only happens on the Mac in the Library Module.
It doesn't happen on my Windows laptop
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Doug Crist

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Michael,

I haven't noticed this on my iMac, but all of my photographs are on one external drive, so I have never done 'Show Parent Folder' up that far.  
I wanted to attach a screen shot, but it's a .PDF and apparently they aren't supported.

Doug
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On the Mac, volumes are mounted under /Volumes on the system drive. This is normal and how the operating system works. I'm not sure why you think its a problem?
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David, you seem to be rather defensive of the MAC /Volumes system.
See answer below to see why it is for me.
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While it would be good if Lightroom refused to go that high, I don’t think it is really that dangerous. I’ve helped a few people who encountered this and wondered why their external disks suddenly showed up as folders, but I have never met anyone who lost photos because of this particular issue. People lose photos all the time for other reasons, like getting a disk crash on them without having a backup, or by thinking that the Lightroom catalog backup is an image backup.
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I have members who are not overly tech savvy who, through ignorance more than anything, have Lightroom images stored everywhere including on multiple external drives and even in the Cloud.
They wish to move their images to a single drive within a structured folder system such as year/month/day.
I use the 'Show Parent Folder' facility so that I can create a new folder within Lightroom that will be the base folder for their images.
When searching on their laptops for images to move I found this MAC phenomena.
To have 3 drives showing within the Library module (Mac HD, External Drive 1, External drive 2) and to be able to see both external drives showing UNDER the Mac HD, seemed to be a most illogical situation and could present them with a problem of trying to select and move images that are already in the correct place.
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Thanks for pointing this out.  As Johan said Lightroom should refuse to go to the root "/" as it is very disconcerting behavior to show Volumes and appears to serves no useful purpose.  This may be as-designed and not a bug but it is definitely a poor design.  Should be an easy fix.  Test to see if the parent is "/" and if so disable the command. 
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Actually, Lightroom should stay away from the next level too. The hidden 'Volumes' folder is where MacOS X stores the disk mounts, so as soon as Lightroom shows that folder, it will no longer show the disks as devices, but as folders.

And that may be the problem, because people may use the name 'Volumes' for a normal folder and then Lightroom should not refuse to show that.
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I'm still not understanding the problem. You decide which drive your consolidating folder is going on and create the new folder there.
Then just move files over.
If someone doesn't know what external hard drives they have, they are going to have much bigger problems than this.