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  1. #16
    Bizarre Bookmark Behavior in Safari
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    Here is what Finder shows for it:
    Screen Shot 2020-01-18 at 3.25.03 PM.png

    From that, it was created this morning.
    Jake

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    Bizarre Bookmark Behavior in Safari
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    Is the plist actually being recreated every day or is the modification date changing? It sounds like it's being recreated based on your description but I have no idea why it would be doing that. I can't see why synching should require a new plist.
    The plist on my Macs show the creation and modification date/time being the same on each machine. I mean each machine may be different, but the 2 stats are always identical on each individual one.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    Bizarre Bookmark Behavior in Safari
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    From that, it was created this morning.
    It appears the Safari bookmarks.plist file is recreated the first time you open Safari after a reboot. I just checked the creation date on my file and it shows a new date (today) after I rebooted.

    @Jake:

    Check to see if that may be what's happening on your machine. Save your old plist file first, then reboot and open Safari. Check the creation date.

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    Bizarre Bookmark Behavior in Safari
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    Just to add to what I said above.....

    I rebooted my machine and then accessed Safari. Sure enough, Safari created a new plist file with the exact date and time of my accessing it after the reboot.

    Hopefully this will help Jake to keep his bookmarks in the order he desires.

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    Bizarre Bookmark Behavior in Safari
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    Charlie, my system is creating the plist every day, as you said. Even without a reboot. And not at the time I open Safari, either. Today's opening was at 8:02AM, when the system was asleep. I got on about 8:30. So it's creating the plist independent of any action on my part.

    Nothing is scheduled for 8AM on my system. No reason for a file to be created. Nothing in the logs.
    Jake

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    Bizarre Bookmark Behavior in Safari
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    Just rebooted. Plist creation date still shows 8:02 AM, so it didn't update on boot, nor on Safari launch.
    Jake

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    There is definitely something different going on with your system. I checked and rechecked the behavior of the Safari bookmarks.plist file and it will recreate itself only after a reboot and when accessing Safari for the first time subsequent to the reboot.

    I'd be curious to find out what others are experiencing with regard to Safari and the bookmarks.plist file?

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    Bizarre Bookmark Behavior in Safari
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    Now the plist is dated at 2:14 today, which is about the time I woke it up and launched Safari. So maybe it's timed to that? It did NOT sort, just opened as it was when I last looked about 10 am.
    Jake

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    As a troubleshooting step, try disabling Safari in your iCloud sync settings, then re-enable it. Maybe even sign out of iCloud and back in on each of your Macs/iDevices.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    Bizarre Bookmark Behavior in Safari
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    I'm going to let this drop and blame it on a cosmic ray. Thanks for all the suggestions.
    Jake

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    Bizarre Bookmark Behavior in Safari
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    My bookmarks sorted alphabetically again today. This post is to keep a record to see if it's consistent in any way. Was not doing anything, Safari was open, one minute bookmarks like I want them, 2 minutes later when I went to them for another choice, alphabetical. So it is NOT associated with booting. And the website I was on at the time was the Wall Street Journal page, so I doubt that they care about my bookmarks.
    Jake

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