Battles With Boredom

November 5, 2011

Fixing Evernote Internal Database Error on Mac OS X 10.7

Filed under: Apple,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 2:27 pm

Yesterday, Evernote started crashing within seconds of launching on my MacBook Air. Here’s how I fixed it.

First, I searched Google and Evernote’s forum for help. I found this article, which didn’t help. The simplest thing, I figured, was to trash the custom settings for Evernote (in class Mac OS style). These are usually stored in the under my home directory called Library, and then in a folder called Preferences.

My first stumbling block was the lack of my Library folder! A quick search revealed that the Library folder is still there, but in OS 10.7, is now hidden by default. Rather than fiddling with that, I dropped to a Terminal to do the dirty work.

First, I found all of the Evernote data in Preferences,with the following commands. These could be shortened to a single line if you just want the “quick fix,” but these are the steps I took.

cd ~/Library # Go into the Library folder
cd Preferences # Go the next step into Preferences
find . | grep -i evernote # Find all Evernote files.
find . | grep -i evernote | xargs rm # Delete all Evernote files.

No dice. Evernote still crashed. On to the “Application Support” folder.

cd ~/Library/Application\ Support # Go to the Application Support folder
ls    # Look around, observe the presence of an "Evernote" folder.
rm -rf Evernote # nuke it.

After that, I re-launched Evernote and waited as it re-synced my notebooks with the online version, and has been working happily ever since.

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