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10.6: Address Book 'negative' groups can cause issues
Authored by: melodrama on Sep 06, '09 05:56:49AM

There is a much easier way to fix this bug. Stay in Snow Leopard, navigate to ~/Library/Application Support/Address Book and remove the AddressBook-V22.abcddb file. Then search in the MetaData subfolder for files that contain "smart" and delete the one that seems to refer to your Smart Group. Open Address Book and all should be fine. No need to restart. There are several posts on the Apple Discussions board that mention this solution.

The problem returned for me when I (foolishly) tried to recreate the Smart Folder, although the spinning beachball stopped after about 5 minutes. Returned if I tried to do anything, like delete the group again!

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10.6: Address Book 'negative' groups can cause issues
Authored by: Bing80 on Oct 24, '09 05:54:38AM

Thanks-a-billion for your addition to this hint, it solved my problem.
I didn't have a beachball, but AB's window didn't show up properly.

I just deleted the two files you mentioned and, "boom", I was back in business!

Also hope Apple will look into improving Smart Groups in AB, since I'm really getting used to it in iTunes, LanRev, Remote Desktop and such.

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