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10.4: Reset the .Mac Sync Server with Syncrospector
Authored by: gnaegi on Apr 13, '07 02:51:06AM

Thanks bed, this saved my day.

I had a complete messed up sycserver after iCal for whatever reason scewed my calendar by adding millions of alerts to an event. Removing the calendar and manually removing the specific event from the file and then adding this fixed calendar as new one to iCal did not solve the issue since SyncServer still had those millions of entries. And so did .mac

I removed both computers from .mac, cleaned the iCal as I described and tried to add the computers as new sources to .mac. I could not sync iCal anymore, SyncServer CPU went up to 100% and stayed there for hours.

The solution was to remove the Syncserver files. If you have similar problems this is the best solution I have encountered. BTW, my syncserver directory was 400MB!! I would even go that far and recommend such a procedure whenever you have problems with syncing, It might even speed up things also in regular cases when syncing is just slow. I don't know, maybe sync just does not cleanup things properly.

What I did:
- Remove all your Computers from .mac (prefs -> options: the list of computers must be empty)
- Quit all applications
- Move the following folder to the trash
~/Library/Application Support/SyncServices/
- Reboot
- Sync your computer again. With the first at the first sync say to remove .mac's files with your local files. With the other computers tell sync to merge the files from .mac with your local files.

After three days of hassle everything works now again.

But I agree: syncing with .mac does just not work properly. We need tools and we need the service to be faster and to be fixed.

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