I just wiped my Apple Address Book

Due to some cosmic craziness, the Address Book on my Mac Book Pro had swelled to over 140,000 contacts! 141,674 to be exact. There were actually even more but I was successful in killing a few off.

Apple Address Book Sync Malfunction

I have no idea what caused the duplication bug to occur, but it was way too much for the system to handle and I needed to take a fresh crack at things. There were simply too many to select all and delete or even run the built-in duplicate finder.

~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook in case you are wondering where to find the source data. I trashed the whole folder.

6 comments for “I just wiped my Apple Address Book

  1. 7/13/2008 at 10:16 pm

    Phew! You certainly have a lot of contacts 😉

    Glad things are back to smooth again.

  2. 7/13/2008 at 10:24 pm

    I “only” have around 2500 … not sure what the heck happened here. Good thing my work exchange account is current for the export / import loop

  3. 7/14/2008 at 1:04 am

    Euh, there is a ‘remove duplicates’ menu item…

  4. 7/14/2008 at 9:41 am

    Charlie – address book crashed when running that as well as select all (or a lot) and delete

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