I have one computer (called “MBA16”), one iPhone and one iPad syncing using Bonjour only. All seems to work very well, no problems.
The puzzle relates to a second computer (“iMac11”) which I had until three weeks ago. All four sync’d with Bonjour.
When I started using Bonjour (one year? ago) iMac11 was the Bonjour server and Bonjour was not turned on on MBA16.
About six months ago I reversed the roles and made MBA16 the server and turned Bonjour off in iMac11.
After doing this I got occasional messages in the MBA16 log about “connection to iMac11 server timed out”. This seemed odd so I double checked that iMac11 still had Bonjour turned off. It didn’t happen often and didn’t cause any problems, so I ignored it.
Now that iMac11 has been deactivated, wiped and given away, I am still seeing “connection to iMac11 timed out” occasionally, which really puzzles me.
I searched my drive for any mention of “iMac11” and found hundreds of files in ~/Library/Metadata/com.devon-technologies.think3/ No idea if these are legit. Screenshot sample of EasyFind search below.
Thanks Christian. I have sent it but Apple Mail complained it didn’t look like a valid email address, but allowed me to send anyway. I cut and pasted from your post and put @ between “…berg” and “devon…” with no gaps, removing “-at-” Hope you got it.
I have always wondered why the “Synchronise” button is greyed out in the Toolbar. Is that because I have no cloud sync set up?
It’s not a matter of a cloud sync; it’s whether you have any active sync locations set up. If the machine is just running as a Bonjour server, with no sync locations set up otherwise, the sync toolbar button and File > Synchronize commands would be disabled.
And what about all those ‘iMac11’ items in the Metadata folder in my first post?
Have you indexed your Home directory or the User Library?
Your question has just prompted me that I do have a whole DT3 database which is an email archive of all my email. This was initially created, not long ago, on iMac11. Would this be a reason for the name “iMac11” to be appearing in the metadata folder? Obviously the mailboxes being archived were in the User library of iMac11 at the time.
I have done that, Ticket #859024. Since it is a historical problem, because iMac11 is no longer in existence, I am not too hopeful. However since I will be getting another Mac soonish, I would like to understand in case I repeat any mistakes.