Workaround to fix calendar sync problems

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Postby russellhltn » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:39 am

drcook345 wrote:Yeah, for some reason my google calendar is not getting updates.:confused:


How long are you waiting? I'm not sure how often Google scans for updates, but I think it's on the order of a couple of times a day, not every few minutes.
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It worked for me

Postby weightca » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:56 am

I was excited to find this post and more excited when I tried the link and it worked. I have tried a couple of times to get my LDS calendar to sync with Google and my Android phone to no avail. After following the directions it popped right up (I did have to add the file name to the end before it would work). Thanks so much for working up this temporary fix while the problem is resolved.

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"https" didn't work for me.

Postby cdoyle » Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:15 am

samliddicott wrote:I'm sorry that didn't work.

So we are just waiting for someone who has never tried before to use the https link first time with google. I've added no-caching and robots.txt for no-search engines onto the wrapper page.



Sam, ok so if I did what you asked correctly, I grabbed the synch URL off the church site, pasted it into the Google calender "Add by URL" field, added the "s" so it said "https://..." and clicked OK.

Error message back from Google - could not fetch the URL.

Would you like me to try something else or should I just go to using the wrapper?

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Postby aebrown » Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:54 am

cdoyle wrote:Sam, ok so if I did what you asked correctly, I grabbed the synch URL off the church site, pasted it into the Google calender "Add by URL" field, added the "s" so it said "https://..." and clicked OK.

Error message back from Google - could not fetch the URL.


If you read the posts after the one you linked to, you'll see that the theory that https might work with new.lds.org didn't work out. According to my observations, almost everyone who tries the wrapper does get it to work; only a tiny fraction of those who try to sync with Google using the sync URL directly from the Calendar sync page have success, even if they try variations of that URL.

So my recommendation for now is to go ahead and use the wrapper.
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Postby samliddicott » Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:06 pm

cdoyle wrote:Sam, ok so if I did what you asked correctly, I grabbed the synch URL off the church site, pasted it into the Google calender "Add by URL" field, added the "s" so it said "https://..." and clicked OK.

Error message back from Google - could not fetch the URL.

Would you like me to try something else or should I just go to using the wrapper?

Chris


Thanks for trying - just use the wrapper.

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Postby BellMR » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:32 pm

So for some reason tonight the pure LDS.org calendar URL starting working for me (don't know how long it will last though). Anyone else see a change from not-working to working?

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Postby aebrown » Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:43 am

BellMR wrote:So for some reason tonight the pure LDS.org calendar URL starting working for me (don't know how long it will last though). Anyone else see a change from not-working to working?


I just tried it again, and Google Calendar gave me a quick "Failed to add imported calendar..." message when I did the "Add by URL" option for the pure URL from the Sync page on the lds.org Calendar. So I'm not seeing any change in how it is working (or more accurately, not working).
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Postby BellMR » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:10 pm

Well that was short lived. Even though I brought in the calendar. It is not getting updates. I made a few event changes days ago, and they aren't reflected on the Google side.

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Postby russellhltn » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:19 pm

BellMR wrote:Well that was short lived. Even though I brought in the calendar. It is not getting updates. I made a few event changes days ago, and they aren't reflected on the Google side.


That was my experience as well. The direct method may work for short periods of time, but it's not reliable on updates. The work around seems to be the only reliable one for Google.
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Wrapper now works for me!!

Postby kcushing » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:41 pm

samliddicott wrote:In private messaging I learn that there some people for whom the work-around-wrapper doesn't work and where google makes no request from my server.

I suppose that google does some kind of caching magic which helps it decide not to bother trying again.

A solution which has worked is to make use of the flexibility of the wrapper, for example, if your work-around wrapper was:
https://mail.liddicott.com/ldscalendar.php/987654321
and this is not working, then try:
https://mail.liddicott.com/ldscalendar.php/987654321/calendar.ics
You can make up any file name you like on the end, and it will still work.

Such tricks has made the wrapper work in cases where google has otherwise refused to make any requests from my server.

I note that the ics file obtained from the LDS servers is very sparse and doesn't even identify which internal LDS calendar an event came from. If this is improved in a later release then I will be able to add filtering to the wrapper-URL's so that perhaps it may be possible to have URL's like:
https://mail.liddicott.com/ldscalendar.php/987654321/calendar=YM,YW,RS/location!=Stake%20Centre/calendar.ics
to recieve a subset of calendars on your phone - and of course you could have multiple subset URLs


In the past nothing has worked for me. Whatever changes have been made to the wrapper, the sync now works!!! Thanks Sam!!


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