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Adobe Lightroom 5 duplicate hard drive files created during import of a new file to catalog.

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Hi,

 In both LR 4 and LR5 when the import directory is the same as the destination directory a duplicate file with a xxxxx-2.xxx is created in the hard drive folder when a new file is imported into the catalog. We tried recreating the profile, creating new catalogs and choosing different options and ran many tests. We were not able to determine the cause. This happens in both LR4 and LR5. I usually shoot in NEF and convert to DNG. So this problem never occurred until I tried adding some older jpg files to my catalog.   It also occurs when I try and add a DNG file converted by a previous catalog.
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by:Merete
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Hi, could be a watched folder?
Adobe  LR4 and LR5  creates this file name in order to associate with it
as you said>>when the import directory is the same as the destination directory.
Some good info here that may help you understand.
see here about
Importing photos automatically

Lightroom uses the same naming options for importing, renaming, and exporting photos.
Custom Name (x of y) Names the photos using a custom name, followed by sequential numbers in relation to the total number of photos being imported. For example, 1 of 10, 2 of 10, 3 of 10, and so on.
Custom Name - Original File Number Names the photos using a custom name, followed by the numeric portion of the photos’ original filenames.
Custom Name - Sequence Names the photos using a custom name, followed by sequential numbers starting with the number you specify.
Naming Options
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by:Howie Kay
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Thanks, unfortunately I did not set up auto import.  And auto import requires an empty folder as a destination.  
I'm beginning to think this is a bug in LR's design.  When one imports a photo to the catalog,  on the right hand panel, one must select an output directory or one is selected for you.  This works great if one is converting from NEF to DNG since the newly converted DNG files should be copied to a folder on the hard drive so that they are available for future editing.   That is how LR works.  The original files, untouched,  are always available in LR for reverting to an original state to begin again.  Only the changes are kept in the database.  
This isn't much help when the original files have the same extension as the imported files when written back to the hard drive.  Thus the problem.   If one erases the renamed -2 files to clean up the folder, as far as LR is concerned, the original files have been erased.   The only way I can figure out how to overcome this problem is to always copy the files back to a new empty directory.  And now you have two sets of files.  One could always then delete the original directory since those files probably are not needed.  Seems very messy to me.  But that seems to be the only way LR will work correctly,  if I think about it.  

However, this may have been caused by me not wanting to correctly handle my filenames.  LR gives one the option to rename the files before they are copied back.  So, copying the renamed files to a name that reflects their content and to a new folder probably makes more sense, not the way I have been doing it,  keeping the camera file name, which means nothing.

I'll have to try this option.  Fortunately, I am building a new catalog so now is the time to get it correct.  Plus, I'll save half my used hard drive space.

What do you think?
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Take a look at the steps Howie_Lynn
Creating and managing catalogs
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/lightroom/using/WSBED0E080-63AF-4ba4-ACCF-EC48C4F92D6D.html
Hope it helps.
I have to go to work. I'm in Australia
all the best
Merete
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