When Lightroom does a catalog backup does it do anything more than copy the .lrcat file? Assuming the Optimize Catalog option is turned off of course.
Lightroom takes a long while to backup my catalog file, in the order of a few minutes. Now, if I copy the .lrcat manually, it takes a few seconds. What is it doing that would warrant more time to perform. Even with the Optimize Catalog option, LR takes time to optimize but then the backing up still takes much longer than copying the file.
Is there a reason to let Lightroom do the backups when I am already copying the .lrcat file as part of my regularly scheduled backup? As matter, my data backup scripts backs up the actual .lrcat file of Lightroom plus all the backups it has created, so I have backups of backups, in duplicate and different physical locations.