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MAGIC DELICIOUS EXPORTING SOLUTION

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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:

98.139.50.166 www.delicious.com
76.13.6.190 secure.delicious.com
76.13.6.209 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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elisi
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*
gabrielleabelle
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*
pingback_bot
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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ficreader_239
Sep. 28th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Does not work anymors:( Itdoesnot let me log in,just nothing happens :(
concinnity
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. :(
disco99
Sep. 30th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Ever tried xmarks? I was never a fan of delicious but I love xmarks
darkandbright
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.
lazaria91
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…

gabrielleabelle
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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ravmike
Oct. 11th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
We've linked to this on the Delicious blog
Hello,

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.
gabrielleabelle
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. :)
hogie98105
Oct. 12th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Worked like a charm! Thanks so much.

But tell me about Pinboard.
gabrielleabelle
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 ...
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 13th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
Re: tutorial mac
Somebody posted this link, which details how to do this on a mac.
ploypotter
Oct. 13th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!!
you save my life lol
beefinit4u
Oct. 14th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
Mac Os X Snow Leapord Instructions + Moving to firefox : )
Hi,
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"
3. DO STEP 3 FROM ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS
4. to flush dns, type: "dscacheutil -flushcache"
5. CONTINUE WITH ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS STARTING WITH STEP 5

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!
electricgold111
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.
alfa7777
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.
electricgold111
Oct. 16th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
FOUND IT!
This link explains how to open and save the hosts file as an administrator (I have VISTA):
http://geekswithblogs.net/thibbard/archive/2006/12/13/changingyourhostsfileinvista.aspx
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. :) :) : )
juandante44
Oct. 17th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
MAGIC DELICIOUS EXPORTING SOLUTION
Hi,
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.
Rachel Komyate
Oct. 18th, 2011 10:25 am (UTC)
you're a genius!

btw
on windows 7, it won't let me save any changes to the hosts file in the etc folder, so I solved it by dragging the hosts file out to the desktop, copying whatever was in there before into a new text file, then copying your 3 lines of host info into the orig hosts file, then saving. Then I dragged it back into the etc folder.

Well done! Thanks
moonglie
Oct. 29th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Genius?
Hey, don't be so modest! I think YOU'RE a genius, too! I could never have accomplished what you did.
xyzzyxyzzyx
Oct. 18th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
for Linux
The steps are similar to the ones for Mac OS X (since it's based on BSD, which is basically Linux's sibling) but I figured I'd share them in case anyone needs them.
PS for Gabrielleabelle: the leave-a-comment box shows that people can post with a Google account, OpenID, etc. but the only thing that works is using a LJ account (I created one just for this after wasting 15 minutes of my time after writing the below out). Wanted to let you know in case it's a glitch.

- Copy this:
98.139.50.166 www.delicious.com
76.13.6.190 secure.delicious.com
76.13.6.209 static.delicious.com</plaintext>
- Open up ye olde terminal/console program if you don't already have one open. (It will be called something like "Terminal" or "Konsole" depending on your distro.)
- Type <br><plaintext>su -c nano /etc/hosts</plaintext><br> and the root password.
- Type <br><plaintext>nano /etc/hosts</plaintext><br>, and the file will open up.
If you don't have nano installed, use your distro's instructions for doing so on the command-line (easy to find via Google).
- At the top of the file, right-click with your mouse and then choose <br><plaintext>Paste</plaintext><br>. If there's no "paste" there, look in the Edit menu or try shift-insert.
- Hit ctrl-o on the keyboard. At the bottom of the window, it will say "File Name to Write: /etc/hosts", so hit enter to confirm.
- Open up a web browser (almost no distros keep a DNS cache, if yours does then you'll have to look up how to flush it). Go to <a href="https://secure.delicious.com/settings/bookmarks/export">https://secure.delicious.com/settings/bookmarks/export</a> and export your bookmarks.
- Click back in the terminal window, where nano should still be open. (If you closed the terminal window or nano, follow the first few instructions to open it with the 'hosts' file again.)
- Move your cursor over the 98.139 ... line. Hit ctrl-k. Do it again, carefully, until you've gotten rid of all 3 Delicious entries.
- Ctrl-o to save, enter to confirm.
- Ctrl-x to exit nano.
- If you're done with the terminal/console program, then close it. Otherwise, for security reasons, type <br><plaintext>su</plaintext><br> followed by your username (i.e. "su xyzzy"), then hit enter to switch back to your own account.
xyzzyxyzzyx
Oct. 18th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
Arrrgh!!! Here's how it SHOULD look
Gaaaaargh!!! Stupid thing carried over an older version of my repeatedly-previewed comment from before I fixed a bunch of errors! Please delete my earlier screwed-up one...here's how it should have come out:

The steps are similar to the ones for Mac OS X (since it's based on BSD, which is basically Linux's sibling) but I figured I'd share them in case anyone needs them:

- Copy this:
98.139.50.166 www.delicious.com
76.13.6.190 secure.delicious.com
76.13.6.209 static.delicious.com

- Open up ye olde terminal/console program if you don't already have one open. (It will be called something like "Terminal" or "Konsole" depending on your distro.)
- Type
su -c nano /etc/hosts
and the root password; a text editor screen will appear in the terminal window.
If no text editor appears, then you have to install nano (if you don't know how, then ask in your distro's user help forums).
- At the top of the file, right-click with your mouse and then choose "paste". If there's no "paste" there, look in the Edit menu or try shift-insert.
- Hit ctrl-o on the keyboard. At the bottom of the window, it will say "File Name to Write: /etc/hosts", so hit enter to confirm.
- Open up a web browser. Go to https://secure.delicious.com/settings/bookmarks/export
- If the site looks very little like the "new" version (you can get to the "new" one at delicious.com), then export your bookmarks.
If there are no differences, however, then you'll have to Google the command for flushing the DNS cache in your distro. (Very few distros cache DNS.)
- Click back in the terminal window, where nano should still be open. (If you closed the terminal window or nano, follow the first few instructions to open it with the 'hosts' file again.)
- Move your cursor over the 98.139 ... line. Hit ctrl-k. Do it again, carefully, until you've gotten rid of all 3 Delicious entries.
- Ctrl-o to save, enter to confirm.
- Ctrl-x to exit nano.
- If you're done with the terminal/console program, then close it as you're done!
westballar
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
Export Sadness
I've been linked to a friend's account for years. She passed away in 05 and her bookmarks are pretty much what I've got left to remember her by. Is there any way to export her links before it's too late? Mine are already saved. =|
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 19th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Export Sadness
If you have the password to your friend's account, then this solution should work. If you don't, then I've got nothing, sorry. I don't work for delicious. I'm just a user.
Re: Export Sadness - westballar - Oct. 19th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
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HerwinWevers
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
wow, great solution
Thanks for the great write up. I wasn´t able to access my bookmarks of the last couple of years after the avon transfer (which I think didn´t go flawless). But your solutions worked wonders. Thanks
Yigal Chamish
Oct. 20th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
Re: wow, great solution
Hello
Can you please help me?
I cannot login to my Delicious account and do not know how to operate the solution on Windows 7
Thank you
Yigal Chamish
Yigal Chamish
Oct. 20th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
The solution
Can you please help me?
I cannot login to my Delicious account and do not know how to operate the solution on Windows 7
Thank you
Yigal Chamish
_dith
Oct. 21st, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Re: The solution-Rescue Old Delicious
First of all, this solution is for us who used to log in our old delicious account by using Yahoo account. This solution really work, just follow Grabille's steps.

And I guess you can't find Run in Win 7.

Grabielle's Step 1 : Step 1Click start > and key in "Run" without quote in the "Search program and files" box. Choose "Run" program and then follow Grabielle's step-by-step guide again (continue from key in "Drivers" in Run program).

Grabielle's Step 4 : To access Command Prompt in Win 7, pls use the same method above (Start> key in Command Prompt in the "Search program and files" box). Or simply restart your PC/notebook.

Hope this help.
Matthew Davenport
Oct. 20th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
Not working now?
I'm pretty sure this isn't now. Updated hosts and flushed and then restarted went to www.del...com and it just directed me to the new site.
gabrielleabelle
Oct. 20th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Not working now?
Huh. I thought I'd read that this would work until the 21st. Maybe they yanked the ips a day early. I'll wait for confirmation from someone else and then I'll strikeout and post a note.
susgrau
Oct. 20th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
I can't follow your good advice
Hi from Barcelona (Spain). I have tried to follow your advice but it hasn't worked out. I am a newbie in internet, maybe that's the reason... The problem is I open the host file (hosts, in plural, in my case) with the notepad, as you say but I can only save it as a text format file. It seems like I don't have permission and I cannot understand it. This is my personal home PC and I am the only user and administrator. I have seen on post of another user who recommends the following:

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.

I have tried this previous recommendation but it didn't work. Could you help me with all of this?. Thank you very much for your help. I am quite desperate
Susana
Matthew Davenport
Oct. 20th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
Re: I can't follow your good advice
I find the best way is to open notepad, drag the hosts file into it, copy and paste in the delicious hosts from this tutorial, and then just Save As hosts.txt to your desktop.

Now edit this file's name by deleting the .txt extension, confirm, and then drag this file from your desktop into the 'etc' folder and it will ask you if yo want to Move And Replace the file, click that and it should replace it.

See it that works. But if you read my post above, you may find it is all in vain anyway....
Re: I can't follow your good advice - susgrau - Oct. 21st, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
nlabran
Oct. 21st, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Can't log in using my old login
First off, thank you for this! I tried it and I can't login to my old account. I went to the old site and there's no place to login with my old info. I can only login with my new login. My new account shows no bookmarks to export. What did I do wrong?
suitetwentytwo
Oct. 21st, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
What if you have a start menu that doesn't have a run option? There's a search bar, but I tried that and didn't find the folders you said I needed to find. Is there a way to get to the folders without using the run option?
suitetwentytwo
Oct. 21st, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Also, I have Windows 7. I just tried dith's suggestion to someone else, but the 'hosts' file just brings up a box where I can click on some of the programs on my computer. No text for me to copy and paste.

I'm not sure if today is still the last day Yahoo! is saving the old bookmarks, but I JUST got an email from Delicious TODAY about this solution and it says Yahoo! are saving them till Nov. 1st. So. Yeah. Here's hoping so.
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