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Opening a MAC file

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Re: Opening a MAC file

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What tells a command file contact or file *.* ?

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Are you looking for the type of file?

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So you can move these files with the contact info but not access them? What extension do thexe files have? What software did you use to create them (most important thing probably)?

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Stob wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:56 pm
Are you looking for the type of file?
Yes.

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To be clear, the "contacts" feature on the Mac was a standard feature, I simply put contacts and info in it. The only thing I have found so far, is the icon "Contacts.icns". This however I believe to be the icon only that was shown on the desktop. I did drag and drop that icon/image into my Mint folder, but I haven't opened it or tried because it likely doesn't contain the text of info I'm looking for. This "contacts" on the Mac are a folder that has a ready made format, you just fill in what you want. I just can't find it. My original question was if anyone had tried to retrieve this.

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Stob,

The contacts on a Mac, are filled out in the GUI on a easy to read "card", but in reality, the saved contacts are written to a database.

In your /Users/Yourusername/Library/Application Support/AddressBook, are three files named:

addressbook-v22.abcddb
addressbook-v22.abcddb-wal
addressbook-v22.abcddb-shm

(the names should be very close to these..I have OSX El Capitan)

If you can find them, extract them to a thumb drive, then (and I don't do databases), but installed DB Browser for SQLite and it successfully opened the addressbook-v22.abcddb database. You'll have to go to the Browse tab, and run through the table "Z" dropdowns.. the "ZABCDCONTACTINDEX" table will show each contact's information as a string in the last box under ZSTRINGFORINDEXING.
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Probably not what you were looking for, but if you were looking to at least get access to the raw data to save to a new contact list, it may help you some.
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pw75, thanks. Over the course of yesterday I did find the files exactly as you show, but could not open them. I searched for something to open them and there are a few choices, but I will use yours since it proved successful. Thanks again. What a pain to go through for these files!
I found this site for the browser: https://launchpad.net/~linuxgndu/+archi ... itebrowser

Is this appropriate? Can you walk me through getting it installed?

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Hi Stob,

You don't need to go to a website for that. Its in the Software Manager.

Run Software Manager, type "sqlite", and it should show up near the top.

Once installed, it should show up as DB Browser for SQLite, under Accessories, in your Menu.
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I had also forgot to mention, that I'd copied all the files under the /Users/Yourusername/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/Metadata as well. All the files copied from both places are in the same folder on the thumb drive. The files in the Metadata folder should have long names similar to this: "6F8DC84F-DCF7-4A69-BB60-26279A85118CABPerson.abcdp". There may be quite a few for you, if you had a large list of contacts.
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Got it! Done! Thank you!

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