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10.4: Repair a broken iCal search in 10.4.2 Apps
Tiger only hintIf you've upgraded to 10.4.2 and you find you can no longer use the built-in "Quick Search" field (at the bottom of the screen) in iCal to find your events, to dos, etc., here's the solution: Delete iCal's Index files -- it seems they have become corrupt.

First, quit iCal if it is running. Then, from the Terminal, run the following commands:
$ cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/iCal/Sources
$ rm */Index
If you are uncomfortable with the Terminal, you can also do this via the GUI. From your home folder, open the Library folder, then open Application Support, then iCal, then Sources. Now open each folder within Sources and delete the file named Index (or you can do a search for the filename Index from within the Sources folder -- but make sure you limit it to only the Index files that are within the Sources folder!.

Now launch iCal, and it will automatically rebuild the Index for each calendar. All credit for this solution goes to Bob Burger, who not only first posted this problem on Apple's Support Discussion web site, but also solved it!

[robg adds: This is not a problem for everyone -- my iCal was working fine in 10.4.2. Nonetheless, I tested this hint, and it works as described, rebuilding the index files when you launch iChat again.]
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10.4: Repair a broken iCal search in 10.4.2
Authored by: delGrey on Aug 17, '05 10:21:32AM

Nice hint. I thought iCal was working OK but now find out that the index was corrupted and not all events were being found.

Thanks for the tip.



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10.4: Repair a broken iCal search in 10.4.2
Authored by: JKT on Aug 17, '05 11:26:40AM

Ditto - I had this issue and the hint fixed it. Ta.

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10.4: Repair a broken iCal search in 10.4.2
Authored by: GlowingApple on Aug 17, '05 12:06:00PM

Hmm, so that search for "Meeting" that turned up no results could have been false...guess I'll have to stop by and talk to the boss about that...

Seriously though, I didn't even realize that searching was broken. The items I was looking for didn't show up and I just thought I searched with the wrong string. Thanks for the hint, everything works great now!

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10.4: Repair a broken iCal search in 10.4.2
Authored by: bbumgarner on Aug 17, '05 01:23:00PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was dealing with this very problem just yesterday. I could see, clearly on the screen, an event that the quick search couldn't find. Now I know why and have fixed it.

btw, did I thank you?

Brad Bumgarner, CTA



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10.4: Repair a broken iCal search in 10.4.2
Authored by: rbrough on Aug 17, '05 02:57:18PM

Can I add my thanks - I found it frustrating, but have not had the time to search for the solution.

I will get this sorted as soon as I have a free moment... so 2020 then! ;)

R



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10.4: Repair a broken iCal search in 10.4.2
Authored by: j-beda on Aug 17, '05 10:23:47PM

I think this might have been a problem when going from 10.3 to 10.4 - there was some Macintouch reference to the corrupted index files that I think Apple had posted a while back. Of course I am not going to go find the original reference now...



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10.4: Repair a broken iCal search in 10.4.2
Authored by: Ledsled7 on Sep 02, '05 03:54:20PM

Had the same problem. The hint hooked me up--thanks.



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10.4: Repair a broken iCal search in 10.4.2
Authored by: bobeitch on Oct 31, '07 11:39:16AM

This works in Leopard too. Thanks!



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10.4: Repair a broken iCal search in 10.4.2
Authored by: damiond on Sep 25, '08 12:39:35AM

how does this work in leopard?
i don't even have a ~/Library/Application Support/iCal directory....
everything is in ~/Library/Calendars now



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