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Photos on Catalina fails to import pictures into libraries on OpenZFS

Part of my workflow is to create a new Photos library for each shoot, so this problem is happening with a newly created empty Photos library. I have an OpenZFS volume to store all my libraries. Photos would show the pictures on the SD card ready to import, but when I click import, Photos would look busy but no pictures show up in the library during or after the operation completes. There was no indication of error except in Console I see these error messages:

error 22:05:31.408941-0400 Photos [IMPORT ERROR] <private>

error 22:05:31.412200-0400 Photos [IMPORT ERROR] <private>

error 22:05:31.416491-0400 Photos [IMPORT ERROR] <private>

error 22:05:31.418035-0400 Photos [IMPORT ERROR] <private>

error 22:05:31.419604-0400 Photos [IMPORT ERROR] <private>

default 22:05:31.620856-0400 Photos P2080667.RW2 | Download Complete

default 22:05:31.839585-0400 Photos P2080668.RW2 | Download Complete

default 22:05:32.389040-0400 Photos P2080669.RW2 | Download Complete

default 22:05:32.610704-0400 Photos P2080670.RW2 | Download Complete

default 22:05:32.832633-0400 Photos P2080671.RW2 | Download Complete

error 22:05:32.840262-0400 Photos ERROR: The operation couldn’t be completed. (PHPhotosErrorDomain error -1.) (, path: P2080667.RW2), file: PHImporter.m, line: 606

error 22:05:32.840466-0400 Photos ERROR: The operation couldn’t be completed. (PHPhotosErrorDomain error -1.) (, path: P2080668.RW2), file: PHImporter.m, line: 606

error 22:05:32.840687-0400 Photos ERROR: The operation couldn’t be completed. (PHPhotosErrorDomain error -1.) (, path: P2080669.RW2), file: PHImporter.m, line: 606

error 22:05:32.841094-0400 Photos ERROR: The operation couldn’t be completed. (PHPhotosErrorDomain error -1.) (, path: P2080670.RW2), file: PHImporter.m, line: 606

error 22:05:32.841466-0400 Photos ERROR: The operation couldn’t be completed. (PHPhotosErrorDomain error -1.) (, path: P2080671.RW2), file: PHImporter.m, line: 606

These would repeat in groups of 5 for all the pictures being imported.

If I create the new Photos library in my desktop folder, the pictures would import fine. After importing, I could move the library onto the ZFS volume and still open the library to see all the photos there.

This wasn't a problem with Photos on Mojave. It's a new problem with Catalina. I tried making the ZFS case insensitive but still getting the same error.

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