Lightroom CC: Why are originals all stored locally even though the preference box is unchecked?

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Do you know why absolutely all my originals are stored locally on my Mac, in Lightroom CC > originals even though the proference "keep a copy of all originals" is NOT checked in the preferences pane?

Thanks ^^
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Lightroom always needs to store the originals locally when you add pictures. If it didn't do that, the process of adding pictures would be as slow as the upload speed. And if you didn't have an internet connection, you would not even be able to add any photos at all. After the photos have been uploaded, they should be removed from the local storage automatically if you checked the option not to keep them.
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Interesting, okay, good to know. But they don't seem to be removed after the upload, they just stay there...
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They should be deleted when and if they need to be deleted, taking account of any space pressure on the disk drive and the settings in the Preferences>Local Storage tab. If you have loads of free space on the drive, it'll likely be quite a while before they are deleted, and I'm personally OK with that as it will mean that there'll be no delay downloading the original if I start to edit a file that's still locally stored. But if space is tight on the drive, they should be deleted more quickly.

Note that if you wish, you can delete the local copy yourself....a new copy will not be downloaded automatically until you start to edit it.
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Okay :)
I'm migrating all my RAWs from dropbox to Lightroom, that's why I'm trying to understand how it works ^^

And, with a 9 months old at home, my brain is a bit fuzzy and I can't remember exactly what I did, so I'm a bit confused.
When a RAW is imported into Lightroom, does it generate a .xmp in the same folder?
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Lightroom CC does not create xmp files at all during import. It will read the contents of an existing xmp sidecar, but does not create one if none exists.