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Has anyone else experienced... difficulty, in trying to use the Edit Friends feature of iJournal? I've got both 1.48 and the latest CVS 1.48, and neither one seems to work for me! I select it from the File menu, I get a timebar at the bottom of the entry window, then the rainbow spinning cursor comes, and then it stops and nothing has happened, It's driving me insane, why does it do this, and is it just me?! What could cause this—everything else in iJournal seems to work fine, my cable modem is functioning normally, and my iMac is no speed demon, but things are configured correctly and I seldom ever have issues like this which I can't resolve. This is making me go nuts.

Please help, I haven't touched my friends list in quite a while and I'd really like to do some editing there.. :( I tried it with the 1.46 client I had somewhere, but it only shows those already on your list, d'oh!

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latitude11
Jul. 21st, 2002 11:19 pm (UTC)
I'm using the same version and had problems editing my friends groups. I was told to do it through via the web browser.
ibrad
Jul. 21st, 2002 11:25 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. well, my window doesn't even open, you see... nor does it show up in the Window menu or anything. Nothing happens after the rainbow spinner.

I really hope this gets fixed soon though, I don't mind the web for editing friend groups, but it was so nice to have custom colors, and the little icons for friend/notfriend/mutualfriend distinction... all in the little iJournal app. :(
datawolf
Jul. 22nd, 2002 12:00 am (UTC)
hmm.. It's always worked for me and I'm jsut using the 1.48 build.. the only time I had problems was when they were having issues server side. I never work with groups that often, but I was just able to create one..
spikenheimer
Jul. 22nd, 2002 05:55 am (UTC)
there was a post earlier about this. i also posted too, but finally on the last post someone had an answer
i quote: "It's a bug in livejournal, is what it is. You had a group at one time, and one of your friends was in it. You've since deleted that group. Your friend still has membership in it, because his or her groupmask was not modified. iJournal gets that groupmask, goes to look up the group in its internal hash, and because no such group exists any longer, the object in the internal hash at that position is a null. iJournal then tries to stuff something into another hash using that null as a key (not allowed), and boom.
"
so... how to fix it? well since i'm rather geekish, i turned on a network sniffer and watched the requests go by to see which friend of mine had a strange groupmask. then i deleted that friend and re-added them. not a simple fix, but a doable one. unless cryo can figure out how to automatically fix this, i doubt any new versions will help...

perhaps ijournal could identify the offending friend?
ibrad
Jul. 22nd, 2002 08:52 am (UTC)
Oh... poop. I'm sorry, I usually read all of the posts around here.

I want to try to fix it, can you recommend a network sniffer, and maybe give a little example as to how I'd use it (considering it's probably CLI) and what to look for? It would be very helpful to quite a few of us, as I imagine lots of people have done this and have the problem, but don't have the time/energy/desire/knowledge to post to this community about it. You could even make it a post, that would be good.

And I do hope that at some point in the future LiveJournal gets some error control for this, maybe it could autofix your friend's groupmask, or delete and re-add that friend, or at the very least give you an alert before you delete a friends group that you should remove all of your friends from it! Honestly. :)
spikenheimer
Jul. 22nd, 2002 06:17 pm (UTC)
well it turns out using iJournal i munged a user's group somehow last nite - shouldnt play with group editing when you know you gots weird groups...

anyways heres one way w/o having to download any new software... its all stuff that should be on yr macosX machine... i think... it might not be i guess...

here's a step by step guide:
-fire up ijournal.app
-login
-get terminal.app running (yes its command line stuff)
-type in sudo tcpdump -w mytcpdumpfile -s 2000 -i en1 "host www.livejournal.com"
note: i use -i en1 because i'm on a powerbook using airport. most of you should probably use -i en0 try it, and see which one gives you data. if you get nothing, try the other... heck you can even leave out the -i en1 bit...
-then in ijournal, select File/(Edit) Friends
-give it about 30 seconds or so
-in terminal.app hit ctrl-C (thats holding ctrl key and the c key at the same time
-in terminal.app type in open -e mytcpdumpfile

what should come up will be a file with a bunch of gobbledygook, and then some text you can read, interspersed with more gobbledygook. you'll start to see a pattern like the following:

friend_12_bg
#ffffff
friend_12_fg
#000000
friend_12_groupmask
5
friend_12_name
Jessica
friend_12_user
doglaw

that line that says friend_12_groupmask ? scan them all and you'll see that those numbers start repeating... find the ones that are abnormal, aka not in the same range as the rest... that might be your offending friend. using their friend_xx_user info, you should be able to delete them, and re-add them using the lj web pages...

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