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10.4: A caution on Address Book and Syncing
Authored by: mikego on Aug 15, '05 12:01:58PM

Aside from the .Mac backup, I also back up locally using the "Back up Address Book..." command under the File menu within Address Book. iCal (at least in Tiger) also has a similar feature. With the complexities of synchronizing, one can never play it too safe!



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10.4: A caution on Address Book and Syncing
Authored by: fresler on Aug 15, '05 03:24:53PM

Thanks for the tip! I didn't even know those options existed (guess I really should look at the menu items from time to time). Now, what would be really cool would be if one could write an AppleScript to do this and create a cron job. Unfortunately, I didn't see any backup command in Address Book's AppleScript dictionary.



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10.4: A caution on Address Book and Syncing
Authored by: visionaut on Aug 15, '05 03:43:04PM

I ran into a bug/problem/anomaly under 10.4 where my AddressBook mysteriously ended up empty after normal usage for a couple of weeks (10.4.0/10.4.1). The day I lost everything, index showed contents but the actual addressbook database and it's backup file both showed no entries. This was very disturbing - I had gotten no warnings/errors, just one evening everything was there as I was adding a new entry, and the next day when I went to lookup an address it all was gone. Upon a check of the Apple discussion forums, I found I was not the only one to have had this problem, but I couldn't see/find a fix anywhere (any suggestions were rendered dead due to AddressBook's 'autosave' feature, simply opning it up again after noticing all my entries were gone removed the one possible fallback I could have had). I also do not know if it's since been resolved. (Any bug/defect that causes unwarned loss of all data is pretty serious, and is hopefully fixed.) It doesn't appear to have reoccured, now running 10.4.2.

Needless to say, I've been VERY cautious with AddressBook since this experience - my only bad experience with Tiger. I run "Back up AddressBook..." all the time now. But looking though the saved entries (I have lot's of backup copies - my safety net in case I notice something missing too late after making a subsequent backup if I used 'replace') - I notice widely varying sizes of the backup files for what to me is a relatively stable/fixed size AddressBook. One day it will be 5-6 MB, the next it might be 9MB, and a couple of days after that it's back to 5-6 MB. During this time there's been no large data additions/deletions. Makes me still VERY suspicious of AddressBook. I just don't trust it's autosave on close (similar for iCal, though I haven't been burned with that). I've even given up on use of the AddressBook widget as one additional possible thing to eliminate - the whole 'two items have same file open for view/edit' circumstance making me nervous...

I'd be interested in knowing if others who are using "Backup AddressBook..." notice any large fluctuations is the backup file size when they wouldn 't be expecting it?



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