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a funny thing happened on the way to copying my address book
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

I wanted to copy all of my Address Book data from my PowerBook to my wife's eMac (no fancy, smancy synchronization for me!). No problem, I made a backup of the data from my Address Book and copied the (6.3-megabyte! what is in this thing) file to the eMac. I then fired up Address Book on the eMac and selected "Revert to backup." The computer said "beep" but no new addresses appeared. I tried it a few more times on the theory that if once doesn't work, try again. No joy. I then dragged the backup file from Path Finder to the Address Book. I got the dialog about importing but I didn't get any addresses. Since the UI had failed me, I quit Address Book, opened the backup file (it was a bundle) and copied the contents to ~/Library/Application Support/Address Book. Then I restarted Address Book and bada boom, bada bing, there were the addresses.

So why didn't the backup/restore thing work? What if I didn't know what I was doing (some of the time!)? Would the backup I made have restored on my machine (is it machine specific? Seems pretty wacky to me and potentially pretty bad.


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