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Okay, so if you're like me, you're gonna feel a lot better when you have a backup of your bookmarks exported from delicious. Unfortunately, if you're like me, the export function isn't working.

Guys, I got a workaround. Happily gakked from a lovely dude named Hadrianus J-r on Facebook. It requires some techie stuff, but I'll try to make it easy. Due to babysitting and school concerns, I'm probably not gonna be able to answer questions in comments, though.

Feel free to link and pass this around! I don't know how long this will work, so do it while you can.

1. Hit the Start menu and go to "Run". Type in "Drivers" (without quote marks). Hit enter, and a window'll pop up with a bunch of stuff. Click on the "etc" folder.

2. In this folder will be a file called "host". Open it in any text editor. Notepad works.

3. Copy and paste this to the file: www.delicious.com secure.delicious.com static.delicious.com

Save and close.

4. Then either restart your computer, or if you're tech savvy, go to the Command Prompt and do "ipconfig /flushdns".

5. Open your browser. Go to www.delicious.com. THIS IS IMPORTANT! The "www" has to be there! delicious.com will take you to the new site. www.delicious.com will take you to the old site.

6. Once at the old site, go to Settings and export your bookmarks.

7. SUPER-IMPORTANT. Go BACK to your hosts file and delete the info you had pasted in there originally. You don't wanna leave that in there.

8. Feel much more secure.

This saves your bookmarks as they were before the relaunch. It does include tag info, though it won't show unless you "View Document Source".

With this, you can switch to another bookmarking service or simply wait to see if delicious becomes usable again.

Good luck!


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Sep. 28th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Oh my GOD you are my saviour! (Presuming I can do this of course, but... ALL MY TAGS!)

But what do I do now? I have seen at least three things today that I wanted to bookmark, but couldn't... *cries*
Sep. 28th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm right there with you.

I've been saving links to a Notepad file as a stopgap measure. This weekend, I'm gonna figure out what I'm gonna do. Their latest blog post indicates that bundles may be coming back and that they're gonna try to fix the oodles of problems, but I'm not feeling very confident in their abilities at the moment. I may jump ship to another service. *sigh*
Sep. 28th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Bad day.
User elisi referenced to your post from Bad day. saying: [...] gone and I have no idea where my stuff is. :( Thankfully, has a MAGIC DELICIOUS EXPORTING SOLUTION [...]
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Sep. 28th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Does not work anymors:( Itdoesnot let me log in,just nothing happens :(
Sep. 29th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for this! I reposted on my dw/lj along with a few others.

I moved my stuff over to pinboard, because I can't make it through the day without linking/bookmarking. I lost tons of tags and a bunch of my links in the Avos takeover. :(
Sep. 30th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Ever tried xmarks? I was never a fan of delicious but I love xmarks
Oct. 11th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
You got linked on the Del support forum as a layman-term solution, by one of the employees. Thank you so much for this!!
I'm trying to stick it out in the time-honored "wait and see" philosophy, but I'm going a bit crazy with bookmarks piling up.
Oct. 11th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
1) thank you for spelling this out simply. I just really want my bookmarks back.
2) I feel like an idiot but is this Mac OS X compatable? Because you said the start menu and I don't have one…

Oct. 11th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sorry. I'm not familiar with Mac OS. This hack is for Windows.
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Oct. 11th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
We've linked to this on the Delicious blog

This is Mike Manning from Delicious. I wanted to let you know that we've linked to this post from AVOS.com (http://www.avos.com/how-to-get-old-bookmarks-from-yahoo/) so anyone who didn't opt in to the migration can see how to access their old bookmarks before Yahoo! deletes the data on October 21st.

Thanks gabrielleabelle for publishing such detailed instructions.
Oct. 12th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: We've linked to this on the Delicious blog
No prob. I grabbed the hack from somebody over on Facebook. Happy to help pass it along. :)
Oct. 12th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Worked like a charm! Thanks so much.

But tell me about Pinboard.
Oct. 12th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
You're welcome!

Pinboard is a nifty alternative to delicious. There's a one-time sign-up fee of $10, but it seems to be worth it. No tag bundles, but the owner says he will be adding something along those lines soon. :)
glimpse gaze
Oct. 13th, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
tutorial mac
How can i do it on a mac? please help. time is running ...
Oct. 13th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
Re: tutorial mac
Somebody posted this link, which details how to do this on a mac.
Oct. 13th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!!
you save my life lol
Oct. 14th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
Mac Os X Snow Leapord Instructions + Moving to firefox : )
thanks so much! This is the modified instructions for Mac Os X.

1. open terminal (command line)
2. type: "sudo emacs -nw hosts"
OR "sudo nano -nw hosts"
4. to flush dns, type: "dscacheutil -flushcache"

I did this and then was able to upload the bookmarks from the htm file into firefox using the bookmarks manager. Using firefox syncing capability I can now use this on multiple computers, finally freeing me from Delicious (until it pulls itself out of the gutter or allows me to migrate)! Hooray!
Oct. 16th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Unable to save hosts file
I'm not able to save the hosts file. (The filename is "hosts" in my "etc" folder). Is there a permission I need to reset? Or should I create a file called "host"? I'm a novice at this but I am willing to use your hack...that's for explaining it for newbies. I really hope I can get my bookmarks back.
Oct. 17th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
Re: Unable to save hosts file
you have to be an administrator to make those changes. If you still have problem, go to Control panel -> User Accounts and Family safety -> User Accounts -> click on your account -> Turn user Account Control on or off (last option).
when you are done with changes you can set it back to previous settings.
Oct. 16th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
This link explains how to open and save the hosts file as an administrator (I have VISTA):
Changing your hosts file in Vista
By default, if you try to modify your hosts file in Vista, it will not let you save it. It tells you that you don't have permission. To successfully modify the hosts file, run notepad.exe as an administrator and open the file.
1) Browse to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories
2) Right click "Notepad" and select "Run as administrator"
3) Click "Continue" on the UAC prompt
4) Click File -> Open
5) Browse to "C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc"
6) Change the file filter drop down box from "Text Documents (*.txt)" to "All Files (*.*)"
7) Select "hosts" and click "Open"
8) Make the needed changes and close Notepad. Save when prompted.

THANK YOU!!! It worked. :) :) : )
Oct. 17th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
I've been able to save my Delicious bookmarks, though I'm still confused about the tags.
You wrote, "This saves your bookmarks as they were before the relaunch. It does include tag info, though it won't show unless you 'View Document Source'".

How do I View the Document Source?
Thanks for the help.
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