Safai bookmark sync problem in Lion

Some time after I converted my machines to Lion, Safari bookmarks wouldn’t sync on most of the computers. Very odd. Messing with iCloud preferences did absolutely nothing.

According to this page, the root of the problem is probably a permissions problem. The following method outlined by dan8394 worked for me:-

Safari stores its bookmarks in ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist. If this file cannot be updated (i.e. if permissions are wrong), then the bookmarks won’t be saved. Check the datestamp on this file. It should be updated every time you add a bookmark. If it isn’t, then this is likely the cause of the problem. To fix it, you need to fix the permissions.

  1. Try Repair Permissions in Disk Utility. If that doesn’t work, try step 2.
  2. Delete the above .plist file while Safari is running – then go into Safari and add a new bookmark. This will create a new file with all your bookmarks. (If you delete the file while Safari is not running, you lose all your bookmarks – so make a back up of the file. The safest thing is to rename it.)
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