Lightroom: Not finding nearby photos

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Background: My folder structure is each 'event' folder has two or more sub-folders. One is 'originals' the other was initially a copy of this but some files have been edited. Only the photos in the 2nd folder have been tagged (in PSE7). I am trying to tidy up by removing the un-edited photos from the 2nd folder. This I do by using a utility to find duplicates. I then delete the duplicates from the 2nd folder. To retain the tags, in Lightroom I remove the corresponding 'originals'. I then click on a "?" and tell Lightroom the photo is now in the 'originals' folder.
Generally this works fine and all the other photos I deleted are found. But every so often I come across a folder where Lightroom only finds the selected file! This is very frustrating and relocating all the files (maybe up to 100 per folder) manually is rather tedious. I have no idea why some folders don't work. I thought it was due to the presence of a 3rd sub-folder, but if I remove it, it makes no difference. On at least one occasion I quit LR, went back in and it worked! Hasn't happened since though :-(
Is this a known bug yet? Or is there a logical explanation?
Thanks in advance.
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Rob Cole

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I had a similar problem once when using '...' in the folder name (literally). Also, case mismatches (lower vs. upper) between folder/filenames on disk versus catalog can be problematic.
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Rob Davis

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I checked what I could think of:
- There's nothing special about the paths that don't work compared to those that do.
- I made sure all files in both folders aren't read-only.
- I checked that the letter case of file names all agrees (they're all upper-case).

I had high hopes for the last one - maybe LR wouldn't complain about letter case when matching manually but didn't detect them as the same file automatically. But no joy.

I still have two folders that won't match automatically. But I'm gradually running out of photos to match...
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Rob Davis

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I think I just worked out what the problem is.

I decided to manually connect the missing photos in one of the above folders and got the message that there was already a photo of that name in the catalogue. This suggests that when I removed the 'originals' I must have missed one. After removing that 'originals' photo the manual process found all remaining photos. I checked in the second folder and it looks like I probably missed one or two there as well.
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So, not a problem?
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Rob Davis

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Not for me, no.
But I don't think LR operates as you would expect, in that it appears not to find any nearby photos if one of them matches a photo already in the catalogue.