Lightroom 6: Unable to export collection as a catalog on MacOS 10.11 El Capitan

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I am unable to export a Lightroom 6 collection as a catalog with photo's and/or smart previews included. This includes both LR 6.2.1 and LR 6.1.1. I have check my file and folder permissions, reset the preferences, and rolled back from 6.2 to 6.1. I have tried exported to numerous locations and multiple drives. I've also turned off the "use graphics processor" under the performance preference menu.
I'm frustrated and out of options. Any solutions to this debacle ?
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Are you getting an error message? Or what's happening?
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Yes I am getting an error message
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I would like to add that the catalog is created and the image files are created; however, they are empty files of zero bytes.
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I am beginning to think this is an issue with permissions. Unfortunately, they cannot be repaired under El Capitan.
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Permissions would be my best guess too. You could try exporting to a different location - perhaps a FAT formatted USB stick if you have one around. That'll help to confirm our guess.
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I will give it a go this evening and report back.

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1) The images in my LR catalog span two internal drives: My boot volume and a second hard drive (hd) to specifically hold the bulk of my images.
2) I can export and move images on my boot volume but I cannot export or move images on my second hd.
3) When I relocate files to the boot volume I am able to export them in a catalog but only after I mess with the permissions.

Before I try your suggestion, I have an external hd that I can boot from via firewire. It has Yosemite on it and I will see if I can resolve the issue by repairing permission using etc older version of disk utility that comes with Yosemite.

What a frickin headache...
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When you say "check my file and folder permissions" did you do repair permissions or use terminal to check/change the permissions?

An easy way to confirm whether the issue is permissions related is to create a new admin user account and run Lightroom from the new user account to see if you still have issues. http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/201...
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Yes that did it. I created a new account and imported from original catalog. No problems exporting as a catalog.
But now what ? There's no way to fix permissions in El Capitan. Setting up another user doesn’t sound too appealing.

Thanks
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For the second HD, right-click on it in Finder > Get Info and you can change the permissions at the bottom of that dialog. If you need to change the read/write privileges, you can click on the gear icon to 'apply to enclosed items' and/or 'ignore ownership on this volume'.

What permissions are you having to mess with on the boot drive?
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So... I've resolved the issue using KCPM Utility Pro. It is a utility that can repair/reset disk permissions in El Capitan. My permissions on my boot volume must have gotten messed up between moving files to and from the boot volume to accommodate a fresh install of El Capitan.

update:
I've also come across this post on MacTouch:
http://www.macintouch.com/readerrepor....

Rather than the KCPM utility listed above, it recommends using the terminal to repair disk permissions using the following command:

sudo /usr/libexec/repair_packages --repair --standard-pkgs --volume /.

The article further goes on to discourge readers from downloading arbitrary compiled binary applications from the Internet and running them from Terminal.