OS Sierra Lightroom iCloud moving files

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If you enable "Desktop and Documents Folders" in Documents, in iCloud Drive Options - then files (photos) on your desktop seem to move to iCloud storage and no longer appear in their original desktop folder(s).
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Don't do that then... or don't store your photos on the desktop.

What's the question?
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Not a very good solution, and does not address my problem or that of other photographers who use the desktop as part of their workflow.
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So I'll ask again... what's the question you're asking?  Is this perhaps a feature request for Lightroom to know that the photos are missing and go looking in the cloud for them?  Or something else?  
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Did you read my first post? LIGHTROOM - iCloud moving and disrupting the Lightroom file structure. When installing macOS Sierra - which now has an auto iCloud Drive feature it moves your photos off of your desktop and puts them onto "iCloud Drive" which removes them from the location you had imported them from in LIGHTROOM. So when you try to work on those photos they are no longer available. A lot of photographers I know will put photos on  their desktop as a part of their workflow - can stay there for some time before moving the in LIGHTROOM to another folder on their hard drive or move to an external hard drive for further processing.
I assume that the only way to recover is from a TC back up that was done before macOS Sierra was installed, so how does one work with this new iCloud Drive without moving files from desktop? Please do not tell me that the solution is to NOT put photos on ones desktop?
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Hi David

Yes, I read your first post, which was a statement of fact, which is why I was asking what the question was.

If your OS checkbox setting moves the photos to a location that Lightroom can't access, then Lightroom can't do anything about that. 

You can go to System Preferences > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Options and uncheck Desktop & Documents Folders, and the OS will put the photos back in the previous location. Then you can leave the checkbox unchecked if you want to continue to leave your photos on the desktop, or you can move them to a new location and then recheck it.

Alternatively, you can right-click on one of the missing folders and select Find Missing Folder. You can then redirect it to the new location of the files. The iCloud Desktop doesn't show up in the Finder sidebar by default, but you can navigate through Macintosh HD > Users > [youruser] > Desktop > Desktop [computer name].