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    Lightroom deleting folders/files

    If you have multiple LR catalogues, and you go and delete a photo/folder within LR permanently off the hard drive (as opposed to just removing it from the catalogue) what happens when you open another catalogue that has the same folder/file structure? I assume you would get a "?" near the files/folders that have been permanently deleted from the hard drive?

    Would you have to then go into each catalogue and manually delete the "?" missing link folders/files or will this be automatic?
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    I'd imagine the former - you wouldn't need multiple catalogs to try this I expect. If you manually deleted a file using the finder/file manager and then opened Lightroom you'd probably see the same result.
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    I'm suspecting the same result as Remorhaz.
    I don't use LR for cataloguing actually. I use a program called IDImager, which is far more configurable and flexible(as cataloguing software).

    You can go into the toolbar menu under Edit->Catalogue Preferences and there is no option to automate file handling ability for missing files. It has basic options available but nothing like what you ask it to do.
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    The answer is the latter, folders remain in each catalogue with thumbnails too until delete them in LR regardless of what you have actually done in the filesystem
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    The answer is the latter, folders remain in each catalogue with thumbnails too until delete them in LR regardless of what you have actually done in the filesystem
    Thanks kiwi, I thought that would be the case that ? symbols would come up and you would have to manually get rid of them. cheers.

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