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neurons Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,

I have a very modest iCal setup, 3 calendars, syncs only to my personal iPhone, no MobileMe backup.

Today I copied an event to the clipboard and pasted it in somewhere else. That led quickly to a situation where new events and calendars could be created but not deleted. Deleting or moving an event or calendar causes it to reappear immediately. My calendar is now corrupt and full of garbage I can't get rid of.

In order of preference, can someone tell me how to:

1) Stop this happening
2) Restore from iPhone, overwriting the iCal data on the computer
3) Wipe the current iCal calendar entirely so I can start from scratch, as if I had never used iCal before

Option 3 would involve probably less than 5 minutes of work repopulating the new calendar, so if the other two options are difficult or involved, it would be preferable.

Thanks in advance for any help.

MacBook 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • 1. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    montreal qc Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    do select all and delite all ok
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  • 2. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    neurons Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No, not OK.
  • 3. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    neurons Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The problem is solved.

    The command that solved the problem was:

    *sudo chmod -a# 0 ~/Library/Preferences/*

    The brief shell script that diagnosed the problem was:

    #!/bin/sh
    *ls -l@ed /*
    *ls -l@ed /Library/*
    *ls -l@ed /Library/Preferences/*

    echo

    *ls -l@ed ~/*
    *ls -l@ed ~/Library/*
    *ls -l@ed ~/Library/Preferences/*

    *exit 0*

    The problem arose when a calendar event was copied to the clipboard, then pasted back to a different day, during an iTunes 7.1 software update.
  • 4. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    Sambam18 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Can you explain that a bit more for someone who is not all that computer savvy?
  • 5. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    Sambam18 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Okay, so I was able to get it to work too. Nueron's directions helped, and you don't need to be computer savvy to make it work. Here is what to do:

    1. Open up terminal (you can find it with spotlight)
    2. copy and paste the following line of text into the terminal:
    sudo chmod -a# 0 ~/Library/Preferences/
    3. Hit enter.
    4. It will ask for your password. Type your password, no stars or dots will show up, but that is normal. Hit enter again.
    5. Voila! Problem solved.
  • 6. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    ken1728 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Your a genius, I followed steps you suggested and it worked perfectly, my ical is now deleting and syncing without a glitch with mobileme. Thank you Sambam18
  • 7. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    zsdad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    what exactly is that command doing... have had this problem for months!
    can't register with mobile me....
    can't delete groups (they reappear) ...
    can't delete events (they reappear) ...
    now as of today for some unknown reason, (some) people on 10.4.11 cannot open invites from my 10.5.6....

    use iCal and mobileme on multiple computers for YEARS with no problems.

    this with the problems used to have missing sync for palm as well... cannot remove them from login items either, they too just keep reappearing.

    HELP!
  • 8. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    GatorDavid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried the sudo command, but that didn't help. I still have a recurring calendar event that I cannot stop and cannot delete.

    I delete the event; it asks me if I want to stop the current or all future ones; I choose all and it disappears. Then I switch to Day, Week, or Month from whichever one I was viewing, and the event reappears.

    I stop the occurrence of the event and do the same thing; it still returns.

    Help?
  • 9. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    GatorDavid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I finally was able to resolve this problem by deleting the *~/Library/Calendars/Calendar Cache* file.
  • 10. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    jimpal Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I have had this problem for about two weeks. At first I thought it was tied in with sync with MobileMe, because if I did remove or edit an entry on MobileMe first, then I could remove it from my computer's iCal. After a thorough chat with a MobileMe rep in which we resynced, etc., the problem still existed.

    I'm not hugely computer savvy, but I decided to do the "sudo" entry in Terminal neurons recommended. Voila again! It worked
  • 11. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    AKCub Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The sudo script isn't working for me as either. I ran through it once and gave password and no change to calender program events. If I run it again it says no acl present...

    I also tried deleting the calender cache file.
    Any other suggestions?
    Thanks
  • 12. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    Joe Lazarov Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having the same problem as well. Nothing seems to work. I did both suggestions. Anyone have thoughts how to resolve this issue of the iCal program not letting me delete a recurring event?
  • 13. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    edavies Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I too tried both suggestions, but am still having the same problem. Any other ideas? Thanks.
  • 14. Re: Can't Delete Events or Calendars
    John Muse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I used to be able to delete particular events in a repeated event. Now I can't even select a repetition. I can only select the first entry. E.g., I'm trying to create a syllabus which requires deleting a few classes for Fall break, but it won't let me customize the entry as previous versions did (I'm running 3.0.8).
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