Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2011 10:32 AM (in response to Shane Guthrie)
I originated this thread and since I switched off iCloud sync everything has worked fine. I'm in Zambia most of the time where the internet connection can be poor so I think you may have hit the nail on the head when you say that this problem occurs when your internet connection is poor.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 28, 2011 1:52 AM (in response to sxberry)
It seems as if my solution isn't permanent. The problem persists, although my internet connection is now back to normal, which should be fast and consistent enough.
Not sure what to do now.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 15, 2011 2:48 PM (in response to sxberry)
I am having the same problem, but cannot follow the suggested steps to resolve it because of continuing incompatibility between Apple's Bento and iCloud.
If one is using custom Address Book fields in Bento, deleting your contacts and redownloading them from iCloud will cause all the custom fields to be lost. Bento and Apple are supposedly aware of the problem, but there is no fix yet. See:
As a result, I cannot delete my contacts from my machine in order to resolve this issue. Does anyone know another way to get Address Book to be able to search again?
Between bugs like this, the reduced functionality, and the horrific skeumorphic design, Address Book is a real disaster in Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 22, 2011 10:13 AM (in response to sxberry)
the un-check/delete/recheck for iCloud's sync Contacts sync worked for me too.
What a strange failure mode for AddressBook under Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2011 3:49 PM (in response to sxberry)
Yesterday this happened to me and
check OFF the contact sync from iCloud.
Delete the file in
User>Library>Application support>Address book>'AddressBook-v22.abcddb'
or similar fine name
then checked back ON the contact sync from iCloud.
it is working for now...
I think there is an error on the LION system...
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2011 7:22 PM (in response to sokelly)
Thanks a bunch, just happened on this issue today and deleting the file worked for me...
Currently Being ModeratedJan 2, 2012 4:23 AM (in response to shep.mckee)
Thank you Shep. This worked for me too.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 6:24 PM (in response to shep.mckee)
I am having the same problem since a few weeks and tried a few of the suggestions. Looks like I cannot do any of those for some reason.
I am running OS 10.7.2. an don't use iCloud yet (when I doubble click on iCloud I am asked if I want to switch to iCloud)
In the finder menu I don't have the library option.
Searching with spotlight for a file similar to addressbook-v22......: there is none.
I don't know where to find/turn on/off the busysync function.
I am lost.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 30, 2012 4:14 PM (in response to sxberry)
I'm also having this exact problem. Can't search. Tried Shep's original fix, and it worked great for me. Thanks for posting it.
Before using Shep's fix, I deleted the Address Book file:
Lion does indeed have a Library folder - it is now hidden by default. From the Finder, hold down Option while using the Go menu.
If you are syncing with iCloud, try this.
- Back up your Address Book. Close Address book.
- Navigate to System Preferences > iCloud, and un-check Contacts.
- You'll get a message about deleting/keeping contacts on your Mac. Select "Delete From Mac"
- Check Contacts in the iCloud preference panel - which should then start the processing of downloading all you contacts from iCLoud to your address book.
This worked for me - hope it helps.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 6:44 PM (in response to sokelly)
Deleting the AddressBook-v22.abcddb fixed it for me. I wasn't able to search, and it wasn't properly changing cards if single clicking them. Grazi!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 6, 2012 3:18 PM (in response to sxberry)
Thanks. Worked like a charm. David in Denver, Colorado…March 6, '12
Currently Being ModeratedJul 15, 2012 1:35 PM (in response to shep.mckee)
Thank you. iCloud resync worked for me too.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 26, 2012 1:40 PM (in response to Shane Guthrie)
I have had the same problem. They should have given better instructions for using the iCloud since it seems that using this is how it happened. Not being able to search the contacts becomes very inconvenient. Your deletion and suggestions by the others finally has worked for the time being!