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Tripp_pgh Calculating status...
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Apr 29, 2012 6:52 PM

Everytime that I try to delete or move an event that is scheduled in iCal, it reappears several seconds later and WILL NOT delete

 

please help

 

thanks

Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:06 PM (in response to Tripp_pgh)

    Could be many things, we should start with this...

     

    "Try Disk Utility

     

    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at the top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

    Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.

    3. Click the First Aid tab.

    4. Select your Mac OS X volume.

    5. Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."

     

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106214

     

    Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.

     

    (Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)

  • divedeeep Calculating status...
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    Jun 9, 2012 6:55 AM (in response to BDAqua)

    Hi have exactly same issue.

    Trying to delete thousands of double entries that MobileMe has created. They are now in iCal (MobileMe totally disconnected). I select them, I delete them, they disappear for a few seconds and then they show up again.

    Have rebooted, repaired disk permissions, rebooted in safe mode, repaired disk permissions again....all to no avail....

    Who can help please?

    I cal totally crippled in speed by all these entries...

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Jun 9, 2012 10:17 AM (in response to divedeeep)

    Hello, do they reappear if you're disconnected from the Internet, or any iPhone/iPad around that might be syncing them?

  • divedeeep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 9, 2012 5:02 PM (in response to BDAqua)

    Hi BDAqua, yes, even shut off WiFi. MacBook is totally disconnected from the world....

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Jun 9, 2012 5:12 PM (in response to divedeeep)

    Hmmmm,

     

    Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, then try trashing them.

     

    You wouldn't have 3rd party safety/recovery app running would you?

  • divedeeep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 9, 2012 5:13 PM (in response to divedeeep)

    Hi BDAqua, I just realize that all these "self-returning" events are "recurring events". For example I iriginally had entered a Birthday with yealy occurence in 2008. Then it multiplied itself several hundred times in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, etc. When I delete all of them, (selecting them all at once, then "delete" in the menu, they never disappear. Was also looking for a trashbin to empty, but there is none...? And the Desktop trashbin is always empty, too.

  • divedeeep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 9, 2012 5:16 PM (in response to BDAqua)

    Hi BDAqua,

     

    Have done the "Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight the drive, click on Repair Permissions" and tried to delete again. Still all there....

    I used to have a time machine with external HD, but have disconnected it also.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Jun 9, 2012 5:58 PM (in response to divedeeep)

    Looks like the files that store that are...

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iCal.plist

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/iCalExternalSync.plist

     

    So, if you think you want to start over, quit iCal & trash those files.

     

    Oh, are you choosing Delete, or delete all occurrences of this event?

  • divedeeep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 9, 2012 6:03 PM (in response to BDAqua)

    Hi BDAqua, checked, on my whole Mac there is no file "com.apple.iCal.plist" or "iCalExternalSync.plist". I do have latest Lion and all...

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Jun 9, 2012 8:47 PM (in response to divedeeep)

    Ah, you posted in the Leopard 10.5.x forum!

     

    Apple likes to confuse everybody by changing things with every iteration of OSX!

     

    Forget Spotlight for finding thingsunless you have a 3 sided coin & the wind is blowing from the WSW at exactly 3.178759 MPH

     

    Find Any File...

     

    http://apps.tempel.org/FindAnyFile/

    I'd get EasyFind...

     

    http://www.devon-technologies.com/download/

     

    Near the bottom of the page.

  • divedeeep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 10, 2012 5:32 AM (in response to BDAqua)

    Indeed FindAnyFile found the files and I deleted them directly.

    Restarted iCal and tried again, but still won't work.

    I tried both just "Delete this occurences" and also "Delete all future occurences". It seems like iCal just won't let go....

    (thanks for trying!)

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)
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    Jun 10, 2012 10:41 AM (in response to divedeeep)

    Just making sure... iCal was NOT running when you trashed those files?

  • divedeeep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:18 PM (in response to BDAqua)

    Hi, thanks. just tried again

    1. restarted Mac

    2. ran FindAnyFile and deleted the two files

    3. started iCal

     

    The recurring entries are still there (and they seem to multiply further, e.g. for one in one day I have 5,483 duplicates).

    If I now try to select one, it "colors" as selected, but the moment I move the cursor away, the selection goes also. So cannot even select anymore, and thus delete.

     

    Will now try to restore that calendar and restart from your last recommendation.

  • divedeeep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 18, 2012 6:43 AM (in response to divedeeep)

    Ok, several of days of restoring, deleting files, "deduplicating", rebooting, etc. (some of the cleaning up took 10h with an i7 and 16GB...) but NOW IT WORKS!! Many thanks for your help BDAqua!

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