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LR on MacBook and Win PC - how to set up folder paths ?

MuchFun

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  2. macOS 10.14 Mojave
Hi there,
I am using LR Classic on a MacBook Pro and a Windows 10 Desktop. I sync the LR catalogue using Resilio Sync ( BitTorrent follow up) between them and I am using only one machine at a time. My pictures are stored on a NAS.
As the folder structure on OS X is different to Windows, my question is: what can I do to avoid this "missing folder" thing when I change my machines ? E.G, when I use LR on Win10, the folder path is like Z:\folder\subfolder. When I open the synced catalogue on my MacBook, LR does not find the folders because of the different folder structure in OS X, which is like /volume/folder/subfolder.
Due to this I have to right-click on the parent folder and select Find Missing Folder from the context-sensitive menu, then navigate to the new location of that parent folder every time I use the other machine.
Does anyone have an idea how avoid this, because it is annoying ... I googled a lot on the internet but I did not find something that helps.
Thanks in advance, Michael
 
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Dear all, thanks for your answers :)
I solved this problem by replacing the Win 10 PC with a Mac Mini. Now all images and the catalog files are synced using Resilio Sync, and it works pretty well. As I strictly work on one machine at a time only and shut down LrC after every session (and give the tool the time it needs to sync), I haven't any problems with this set up since then.
Best wishes, Michael
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AFAIK, there is no way to avoid this when the images are on a NAS. The only way to avoid it is by placing the images inside a folder that is located inside the catalog folder, but as Lightroom cannot work with a catalog on a network volume, you cannot use that in your setup.
 
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You can't store the catalog on a N AS. However, you can use a EHD formatted as ExFAT/FAT32. If on the EHD, you place the pictures folder inside the catalog folder, the "relativePath" field will always be available in Windows and MacOS. If the "relativePath" field can be resolved, the "absolutePath" field will then be corrected for the relevant OS.
 
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Another option may be to create virtual copies for all the images. Let's assume that the Windows desktop computer is the 'master' computer. You relink the images when you are working with this computer (if necessary) and then you let Lightroom create virtual copies for all the images. When you sync the catalog folder to the MacBook Pro the links are broken, but because you have virtual copies that doesn't matter as long as you do not do anything that really requires the masters.
 

MuchFun

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Dear all, thanks for your answers :)
I solved this problem by replacing the Win 10 PC with a Mac Mini. Now all images and the catalog files are synced using Resilio Sync, and it works pretty well. As I strictly work on one machine at a time only and shut down LrC after every session (and give the tool the time it needs to sync), I haven't any problems with this set up since then.
Best wishes, Michael
 
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