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anybody seeing hidden system volumes in the Import dialog on macOS?

kimballistic

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Hello all. When I go to import new images, Lightroom's Import dialog shows a long list of hidden system volumes and hidden APFS snapshots that no other application shows. It's been doing this intermittently for a few years now across multiple macOS major versions.

I'm getting a lot of heat in the photoshop.com forum from a certain member who is convinced I have screwed up my own system, but they're unable to explain how it's screwed up.

I don't care if this is my fault or Apple's fault or Adobe's fault. I don't care about fault. I'm just looking for a solution and a constructive conversation about it.

Anybody have any ideas? Thank you.

(all the @snap entries below are technically snapshots of volumes, not volumes themselves as I've labeled them. but you get the idea)

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Yes. I saw it for a little while, only on my Catalina OS computer, not on the Mojave one. Went away either after a LR update or a reboot, I don't remember which. Haven't seen it since, but it was a bit odd.
 
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There is a heated discussion here (maybe that's you?), but no real answers either. The 'Time [email protected]' volumes are not real volumes, they are Time Machine snapshots. I believe they are stored on your hard disk if the Time Machine backup disk is unavailable for a while. Why they show in the import dialog is another question, just like the other hidden system volumes, but you can safely ignore them. There is nothing wrong with your computer, and there is nothing wrong with Lightroom.
 

kimballistic

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Yes. I saw it for a little while, only on my Catalina OS computer, not on the Mojave one. Went away either after a LR update or a reboot, I don't remember which. Haven't seen it since, but it was a bit odd.
Thanks Rusty for confirming I'm not alone or crazy! I've also seen it intermittently. There are posts that I've now found on photoshop.com going back 3 years, with no clear solution.

There is a heated discussion here (maybe that's you?), but no real answers either.
Haha yup, that's me. I've been trying to recover the discussion from the initial hysteria and finger pointing.

The 'Time [email protected]' volumes are not real volumes, they are Time Machine snapshots. I believe they are stored on your hard disk if the Time Machine backup disk is unavailable for a while. Why they show in the import dialog is another question, just like the other hidden system volumes, but you can safely ignore them. There is nothing wrong with your computer, and there is nothing wrong with Lightroom.
Generally speaking, agreed. "Wrong" is probably too strong a word to apply to Lightroom or my installation of macOS, but I'd be happy labeling this as "unintended behavior" that Adobe might want to take a look at.
 
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