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
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ca you elaborate on how that would look like exactly? I mean my //SERVER/Photos folder should be the top-level folder. \$\endgroup\$
    – DominicM
    Mar 4, 2013 at 13:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ Could you maybe add a quote from the website that contains the relevant information? In case the website you link to dies or something. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 4, 2013 at 13:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ 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"... \$\endgroup\$
    – DominicM
    Mar 4, 2013 at 14:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ @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! \$\endgroup\$
    – Unapiedra
    Mar 4, 2013 at 20:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ 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. \$\endgroup\$
    – DominicM
    Mar 5, 2013 at 13:40

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