Lightroom Classic: Synchronizing folders confusion

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When I syncronize a folder, LR wants to remove AND import ALL photos and place them in a identical folder folder at the top of the hirachy and leave the “original” folder empty. 
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Can you show a screenshot of it? You may have a problem known as the 'Capitalization problem' or 'Case sensitive problem'.
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Both my drives (Mac ́s) are case-case-insensetive
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Please post that screenshot. The case-insensitive formatting (which is default for MacOS X) is exactly why this could happen.
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Thanks, but I mean a screenshot that shows that the images would be imported in an identical folder at the top of the hierarchy and leave the current folder empty.
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I can not show intention, only result; if I proceed. And it will take some time, my system has crashed completely.
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Make a catalog backup first, because this will almost certainly mean that you lose all the edits on those images.

Then make two screenshots. The first screenshot that shows the current folder panel, and a screenshot of that same panel after you proceeded.
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Tomorrow, is currently restoring from TimeMachine backup. Estimatet to last 14 hours.
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If you are completely restoring your Mac and have reformatted the disk, you may find tomorrow that the problem is gone.
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I had a similar behavior some time ago. In my case the sync of the parent folder was somehow corrupted. As a first step I did a fresh sync/import of my „root“ folder for Lightroom, which resulted in a duplicate folder hierarchy within the Lightroom. And as a second step I removed the „old“ folders from my Lightroom catalog. Since then everything works fine again.
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You are right, the username is different. How did I change username ?
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You didn't do this. It is a mysterious problem that pops up both on Macs as well as on Windows. Nobody has a definite explanation why this happens. To correct this, we need to establish how much of the folder hierarchy is affected, and which part should be corrected. Which username is shown in the Finder for your user folder? The name of the existing folder, or the name in the folder path of the new folder?
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Changed the username from ole to Ole on the healthy and it got the same problem. Changed it back with god result. Changed the username on the sick from Ole to ole and it works. Now waiting for DropBox to make a full sync. I hope.
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Dropbox is probably what (indirectly) caused this, because you synchronized these two different user folders. Let me explain the underlying problem:

MacOS X (and Windows) are case-insensitive, so a user folder called 'ole' and a user folder called 'Ole' are one and the same folder for MacOS X. If a Dropbox sync between two computers causes both folders to appear, then you won't see anything unusual. MacOS X will simply show you one folder, and anything that's in these two folders will be shown as being in that one folder.

Lightroom is case-sensitive however, so Lightroom does see a difference between a folder called 'Pictures' in a user folder called 'ole' and folder called 'Pictures' in a user folder called 'Ole'. And that is why things can go wrong when you import an image in such a folder or synchronize such a folder. It expects the pictures in one folder, only to find they are in the other one. That is why Lightroom wanted to delete all the pictures and then import them again.
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It worked :-) Thanks for your help.