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In my last catalog my photos directory was //

After re-installing Lightroom 4.3 some time later that has changed to //SERVER/Photos

How can I change all sub-folder directories at once without having to "find missing photos" for each folder in photos directory? I my case that would be 11 since I have them organised by year. My NAS name will change from time to time in the future and I don't want to have to do it 11 times each time.


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Solution 1

Use a top-level folder!

Here is a solution. Have an additional root folder //SERVER/Photos/Photos/ and then run find missing photos on that. If you don't want to do it permanently, you can move the photos from //SERVER/Photos/ to //SERVER/Photos/Photos/. Then run the command, then move them back.

Solution 2

Make sure that the server does not change the mount point or it's network address.

This solution is a bit dependent on what your "SERVER" is. I don't know your situation so the following are a few different cases that might apply for you.

  • For NFS you have control over your local mount point, so set that to something fixed and update the configuration when your server moves.
  • For direct network connections (like you can either configure your router so that it gives your server always the same IP or just set the IP-address manually (on the router or on the server, router is safer for your configuration). ** create a route so you type ping myserver and this is redirected to ´ping`. You can do this on your local machine, or on the router (that goes towards adding extra DNS entries). Using machinename.local with Macs and Linux
Ca you elaborate on how that would look like exactly? I mean my //SERVER/Photos folder should be the top-level folder. –  DominicM Mar 4 '13 at 13:57
Could you maybe add a quote from the website that contains the relevant information? In case the website you link to dies or something. –  Bart Arondson Mar 4 '13 at 13:58
It seems crazy if it's not possible to change the folder directory like you can with the sub-folder. I really don't want to have directories like "//SERVER/Photos/Photos/2013"... –  DominicM Mar 4 '13 at 14:12
@DominicM I updated my response, if you could give more details how //SERVER/... changes, and what your server is, I can be a bit more specific. Thanks! –  Unapiedra Mar 4 '13 at 20:09
That is unfortunate that lightroom doesn't have such a basic feature. For now I will just run find missing photos 11 times and next time will try to keep root path the same. Thanks. –  DominicM Mar 5 '13 at 13:40

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