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Old 06-29-2020, 06:28 PM   #1
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Problems adding single books in individual folders to library

Hello, I just tried to add to library with folders and sub folders "assuming each folder contains same book in different formats".

Unfortunately it completely fails - every book entry starts with a period, the names and titles are messed up, and the actual books don't seem to get imported at all! So far example, Calibre thinks it has a PDF and EPUB of the same book but both return errors when I open. Space on drive for each entry is 0.1mb - so nothing is importing.

I have used this feature before without issue - but now it doesn't work at all. Any ideas? A plug in problem?
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:46 PM   #2
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I've tried tinkering a little more and I'm really confused. I was thinking maybe special characters in a file name might be interfering, so I just want down to two simple books, each in their own folder - and it didn't work. Can't figure out the problem, as I said it used to work...
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:14 PM   #3
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I think I figure out the problem but I'm not sure *why* it's a problem.

I copied the directory which was giving me problems from an external hard drive directly connected to the Mac to the internal Mac hard drive. I did the add again and - voila - it worked fine.

I am the administrator and have full access to all drives. Also, I can add individual files just fine to Calire, but for some reason the sub folder add doesn't work unless I move the directory.

And even more confusing, I have done sub folder adds from this external drive in the past!

All makes little sense to me but maybe someone has an idea!
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One thing to note, the external drive is ExFAT format - I wonder if that has something to do with it.
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One thing to note, the external drive is ExFAT format - I wonder if that has something to do with it.
Probably, just another Apple MacOS peculiarity, like sprinkling hidden .DSTOREs in zips

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If you run calibre in debug mode, you should get more information on what is going wrong. Open the preferences menu and choose restart in debug ode.
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