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LR catalog not copying

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I have a new 2019 iMac & have my photos, Lightroom catalog & backs on an external drive. I cloned the external drive to a raid connected to my iMac. The Lightroom master catalog did not transfer nor was the catalog in any of the backups. Only a white icon appeared.
Why is the catalog not transferring?
 
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What did you use to make the clone? And did you try opening it? The icon alone does not say that the transfer was not successful.
 
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I tried copying again with no result. The catalog shows up on the flash drive but when I copy it to the iMac it does not. see attachments.
 

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I tried copying again with no result. The catalog shows up on the flash drive but when I copy it to the iMac it does not. see attachments.
The catalog file is there (third icon) and so are the previews, but the previews have lost their ‘package’ bit. The previews.lrdata files are ‘packages’. Those are really folders, but have a special bit set that makes them look like a file rather than a folder. Lightroom can’t run with a catalog on a removable drive, that may be the reason why you see this. Try opening the catalog file in Lightroom. That will probably work just fine. Is Lightroom already installed on that computer? If not, that would also explain why you don’t see the proper icons.
 
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It seems I have a permission issue which I have never had. See the attached screen shots. I have done all the steps to change the permissions to the folders but that did not work. I will have to call Apple or/Adobe tomorrow.
 

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Are you sure you set the permissions for the user Library folders? There are two Library folders, one at the root of the disk and the other one (the one you need) in your Home folder. It may be hidden.
 
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Lightroom didn’t say anything about the catalog, that is not the problem. The permissions problem is a problem of some folders, located in the Library folder of your Home folder. The error tells you which folders.

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Your Home folder is where you go when you choose ‘Go - Home’ in the Finder. If you do not see a Library folder there, then it is hidden. How to Show to ~/Library Folder in MacOS Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra
 
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I have my library & home folder on my side bar in finder. Here is what its in the home folder. I keep my photos on an external raid and not on my compute.
 

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So your Library folder is hidden, like I said. Unhide it by following the instructions in the link I gave you. Then look for the folders that Lightroom tells you that need to be fixed. The location of your images is irrelevant. Strangely enough you do not seem to have a Documents folder, so this could also be part of the problem, because Lightroom tells you to fix the Adobe folder inside that Documents folder. Check this: How to Recover Lost/Missing/Disappeared Documents Folder on macOS Mojave?
 
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Same error messages. LR does not have certain folder permissions.
I have moved Lr to 3 new computers with no issues. The external drive I used on the MacBook Pro when connected to the iMac will not open Lightroom.
 
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Same error messages. LR does not have certain folder permissions.
I have moved Lr to 3 new computers with no issues. The external drive I used on the MacBook Pro when connected to the iMac will not open Lightroom.
I’m sorry, but I don’t understand the last sentence. An external drive should open Lightroom?...

In some early message you talked about a flash drive. Are you perhaps trying to run Lightroom with a catalog on a USB flash drive? That is not possible. Lightroom does not run with a catalog on a removable drive. The catalog has to be on a normal drive (internal or external), not on a removable drive and also not on a network drive.
 
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