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10.5: Force iCal to look for calendars in previous location Apps
With previous versions of iCal I was used to backing up my calendars by copying the iCal folder from my user's Library/Application Support folder.

After performing an erase and install of 10.5, I launched iCal to see what the new version looked like. I then copied my iCal folder from my backup to the location shown above and launched iCal again. I was shocked to find that my calendars were simply not recognized by the new version of iCal. I later found out that iCal 3.0 stores its information in my user's Library/Calendars folder. I found that I could force iCal to convert my calendars by doing the following:
  1. Quit iCal
  2. Move Library/Calendars to the Trash, after creating a backup copy, just in case.
  3. Drop the old iCal folder into /Library/Application Support
  4. Launch iCal again
This forces iCal to look to the old location for calendar information. If you run iCal 3.0 (even once) with no information in the old location, it creates blank calendars in the new location. It will then refuse to look in the old location unless tricked into doing so.
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10.5: Force iCal to look for calendars in previous location
Authored by: pheed on Nov 23, '07 09:56:49AM

Special thanks to Hecker for the inspiration for this hint! My first published hint! By the way the official name for this process is "Phil-Heck-Cal-Grade-Up-Fix v0.2b"

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10.5: Force iCal to look for calendars in previous location
Authored by: Jai Gill on Nov 24, '07 04:20:41PM

Great tip - it did just the trick!

I use an iMac for day-to-day work and a MacBook Pro for business trips. I use ChronoSync to push current copies of my work folders, Entourage and iCal files onto the MBP before heading off to see clients. I upgraded the MBP to Leopard on the night of 26/10 but not the iMac on account of being cautious and I've since discovered that a few applications require upgrading.

Anyway, while ChronoSync would copy the Sources folder from my iMac's iCal folder in the library and place it into the Library folder on the MBP, iCal on the latter wouldn't 'refresh' the calendars which was causing me a problem. It meant I had to use my old PalmPilot as a workaround (still waiting for iPhone to arrive in Australia).

Now I simply Use ChronoSync as usual and then after deleting the Calendar folder on the MBP, launch iCal to have it pick up the new calendars. Doesn't work in reverse but I can live with that as it's only a matter of weeks before I upgrade the iMac to Leopard.

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10.5: Force iCal to look for calendars in previous location
Authored by: gunnmjk on Nov 23, '07 09:51:28PM

I think that you can just double click on the old calendars to automatically import them into iCal.



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10.5: Force iCal to look for calendars in previous location
Authored by: ideamani on Nov 24, '07 03:49:39PM
This known behavior is acknowledged by Apple. See http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=306537

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10.5: Force iCal to look for calendars in previous location
Authored by: leraillez@netinf on Nov 26, '07 12:47:26AM

Where's the problem with asking iCal ti export calendrars as a backup?



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