Just a Theory

By David E. Wheeler

Where iCal Keeps Invitations

I was fiddling with iCalendar invitations yesterday, trying to get Sandy’s .ics files to import into Outlook. I got that figured out (yes!), but in the meantime iCal started crashing on me. I was reasonable sure that it was due to a bogus invitation file, but could not for the life of me figure out where iCal was keeping such files. It just kept crashing on me as second or so after starting up, every time.

I finally figured it out by quitting all my apps, moving all of the folders in ~/Library to a temporary folder, and firing up iCal to see what folds it would create. And there it was: ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.iCal. I quit iCal, deleted the new folders in ~/Library, moved the originals back, and looked inside the iCal caches folder to find a bunch of invitation files in the incoming folder. I deleted them all and iCal fired up again without a hitch. W00t!

So if you’re having problems with iCal crashing and have a few invitations in it and you’re wondering how to get iCal to ignore them, just quit iCal, delete all of the files in /Users/yourusername/Library/Caches/com.apple.iCal/incoming, and start iCal back up again.

And now I’ll be able to find this information again when next I need it. :-)

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