Transfer Previous Recipients and Facetime contacts between macs on Mavericks and Yosemite Mail

Recovering a trashed Mail installation from an orphaned drive or just want to transfer Recents without using VCards?

The files you’ll need to copy are:
~/Library/Containers/com.apple.corerecents.recentsd/Data/Library/Recents/
Recents
Recents-shm
Recents-wal

~/Library/Containers/com.apple.corerecents.recentsd/Data/Library/Syncedpreferences/
recentsd-com.apple.mail.recents.plist

Optionally, copy the other “recents” plists as well for facetime, maps, iCal, messages etc:
recentsd-com.apple.calendar.recents.plist
recentsd-com.apple.corerecents.map-locations.plist
recentsd-com.apple.facetime.recents.plist
recentsd-com.apple.messages.recents.plist

…and finally reboot your mac to force the operating system to reload the new plists – instead of using cached copies.

 

-fix- Linux and Grub wait forever after a hypervisor ACPI shutdown.

This is a designed-in feature of grub – useful if you’ve got a physical machine in front of you, as the linux box won’t automatically restart if someone kicks the power cable out or hits the off switch – and more importantly it won’t endlessly reboot if there’s a hardware problem, slowly shredding your file systems.

If you’re running Ubuntu as a headless virtual machine in the cloud, it’s not so useful. Disable it like this:

edit /etc/default/grub and add the line:

GRUB_RECORDFAIL_TIMEOUT=3

then sudo update-grub.

Next time you accidentally “sudo ip route flush table all” on your vm and acpi-restart it,  it’ll boot properly.

 

 

 

 

Workaround -fix- for missing “import” folder after attaching archives in Mac Mail 6.x

Archive folders detached and disappeared.
Re-imported them from ~/Library/Mail/V2/Mailboxes/…

and found a nice workaround for the missing “import” folder problem you hit if you try to import nested folder hierarchies in one go:

Try to import .mbox files first – if you click on through, the import will proceed, but you’ll never see any “import” folder created.  However when you next open the import dialogue and choose “Mac Mail” instead of .mbox, you’ll be able to see the contents of the nested folders, and drill down to the individual mboxes themselves.  Import them one at a time, then drag them into a coherent archive structure once you’re done.

-fix- Android File Transfer “Can’t access Device Storage”

Open the Developer Options on your Jellybean i9300 and disable “Verify Apps by USB”

“Verify apps over usb — Allows you to disable app checks for sideloading apps over USB, while still checking apps from other sources like the browser. This can speed up the development process while keeping the security feature enabled.”

System: 10.9.2 / Foxhound 1.0 , but it should work with most other Jellybean variants.