Lightroom CC 2015.3: Unable to import photos from catalog with the "copy to a new location" option

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My main LR catalog lives on my iMac in my office. I routinely edit photos on my MacBook, export them as a catalog and then import them into my main catalog on the iMac. I've used this workflow since LR 4 and it has worked flawlessly. This workflow no longer works in LR CC 2015.3.

I am able to reproduce this bug 100% of the time following these steps:

1. Export selected photos as a catalog on my MacBook. Do not include previews.
2. Copy the exported catalog and directory structure to the iMac on it's local disk.
3. Use "Import from Another Catalog" on the iMac and select the exported catalog. Use the "Copy new photos to a new catalog and import" file handling option.

After a short while the process errors out with "Could not import this catalog because of an unknown error".

The import works successfully if I choose the "Add new photos to catalog without moving" file handling option. I am then able to move the imported directories/photos to the main catalog directory structure by dragging and dropping within LR.

This is not a viable longterm workaround as it requires additional steps to get the photos to their final destination.

All the photos are dng, tif or psd when exported from the MacBook.

Please help!
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Chris Martino

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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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Chris,

I just tested using your steps on my Macbook Pro 10.9.5 and it worked as expected with no error message.

What OS are you using?
Can you describe the destination to which you are importing the images via the Import from another catalog function?

Have you tried to reset you preferences?
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Chris Martino

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Mavericks (10.10.4) on the MacBook. El Capitan (10.11.0) on the iMac.

The destination is a local 1TB SATA disk on the iMac.

I have not reset my preferences.

I've tried this with at least 3 or 4 catalogs, all of them fail in this manner.
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I would try the reset then, Chris. I don't have a Mavericks or El Capitan system handy today.

Close Lightroom.
Hold down [Opt][Shift] and launch Lightroom.
Confirm the dialog to overwrite/trash the preferences.

Does the behavior still exist?