May 04, '09 07:30:03AM • Contributed by: cibi3d
Of course, when I later decided to open Address Book again, it tried to fulfill the Smart Group and crashed again. I managed to solve the problem with the following steps:
- Obviously I had Address Book closed, but just to be explicit, close it if it's somehow running.
- Delete the file ~/Library » Application Support » AddressBook » AddressBook-v22.abcddb. Make a backup first, just in case.
- Delete the smart group metadata file in ~/Library » Application Support » AddressBook » Metadata. To find the right file to delete, so I wouldn't lose all my Smart Groups, I sorted the files by date and erased the last-edited file that ended in "...ABGroup.abcdg".
- Relaunch Address Book. It will create the AddressBook-v22 file automatically, using the information in the Metadata directory.
[robg adds: I can confirm that you can, indeed, kill Address Book with this Smart Group, and that the fix described here works.]