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Repair a Smart Group-related Address Book problem
Authored by: ctalmond on May 04, '09 08:07:33AM

Holy crap you guys are johnny on the spot. A week ago I created a smart group similar to the one above, though I can't remember exactly what it was. AB crashed and would not launch at all anymore. A call to Apple Care ultimately led me to Archive & Install OS X yesterday, but that didn't work either. Today, I'm in the middle of backing up so I can format & re-install OS X all because of some stupid smart group and this bundle of joy pops up in my google reader. I couldn't believe my eyes.

I tried your steps but that didn't do it. Trying one last thing before giving up, I sorted by Kind in the metadata folder and deleted ALL of the .abcdg files. PRESTO, I'm back in business! I lost my smart groups, but I had an AB archive file a few weeks ago, so I loaded that up and all is well again.

Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.........

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Repair a Smart Group-related Address Book problem
Authored by: Quatch on May 04, '09 12:27:43PM

Ahhh, Thank you very much in turn!

I've had this broken since 10.4. I've used the workaround where by if you only view card (not columns and such) it'll still work fine.

The original fix almost got it, but yours also deleted the smart groups (perhaps the only ones that need to go?) as well, and restored it.

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