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Posted by sgidenver at Feb 11, 2018, 11:24:03 PM
Import to Google calendar from Localendar not working
Adding my Localendar to my Google calendar via URL-
https://www.localendar.com/public/sgidenver?style=X2
does not work anymore. None of my other Localendars calendars will export to Google anymore.
Don't know if problem is with Localendar or Google...
Thanks... crying

Posted by sgidenver at Feb 13, 2018, 6:57:28 AM
Re: Import to Google calendar from Localendar not working
This is response I got from Google Support:

Hi Jay,

Thanks for posting on the Google Calendar Help Forum.

Since you're referring to facing issues when adding the URL that you shared in the actual post, it doesn't seem to be an ICAL url and when I tried to add the same URL in my calendar, I couldn't find any events. However, when I clicked that link and an ICS file got downloaded automatically and when I tried to manually import the events via the ICS file, I got an error "Imported 0 out of 0 events. Unable to process your iCal/CSV file'.

As this issue seems to be specific I'd suggest getting in touch with that calendar developer for further assistance.

Regards,
Edward

Posted by support at Feb 17, 2018, 1:38:06 AM
Re: Import to Google calendar from Localendar not working
Wow, tech support at Google really seems to be slipping.

First, there is no such think as an "ICAL url" so that's an incorrect response.
Any url that returns an ical feed is an ical url.

Second, I clicked the link you pasted, downloaded the file (as Edward seems to have done) and I opened it up: It contained tons of events.

Since you seem to have a dialog finally with someone at Google, let me ask you to reply with this message:

 
Hi Edward,

The link I shared https://www.localendar.com/public/sgidenver?style=X2 returns a valid iCal file. You can see it validates here:
http://severinghaus.org/projects/icv/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.localendar.com%2Fpublic%2Fsgidenver%3Fstyle%3DX2

I also downloaded the file and manually inspected it, and verified it contains many events. I even manually uploaded the file to other iCal validators and it verified Valid/Correct on each one.

For some reason, Google is not importing a feed that it used to in the past. Many other users of this service are reporting the same problem. If you can please provide details as to why Google is not importing a valid iCal file, it would help me (and other Google Calendar users) resolve our problem.

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Posted by sgidenver at Feb 18, 2018, 3:44:52 AM
Re: Import to Google calendar from Localendar not working
HI Marc. I appreciate the response.
I posted your response to the Google help forum.
Now we wait!!!
Thanks...

Posted by support at Feb 20, 2018, 6:29:24 PM
Re: Import to Google calendar from Localendar not working
Fingers crossed. I have been trolling their forums looking to see if they have made any changes to their import functionality. So far I have been unsuccessful finding any recent complaints.
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Posted by sgidenver at Feb 22, 2018, 6:53:30 PM
Re: Import to Google calendar from Localendar not working
Hi Marc,
google asked me to try the URL again and also trying the export ICS file from Localendar and import it to google. Results below.
Thank you Marc...
Jay

Hi Edward,

I don't like it, but....
The ICAL import with the URL https://www.localendar.com/public/sgidenver?style=X2 partially works. It imports
the Localendar as it was back on about February 7th but doesn't show any changes I've done since.
The option to create an export ICS file from Localendar and then import that file into google DID work, but not
realizing exactly how that worked, it copied all my Localendar activities into my JAY's calender. I did not
like that as it was all the same color as I have several calendars in google and I differentiate them by color.
So I had to delete all of the Localendar activities (over 1000) I just imported. I created a new separate calendar in google with a different
color. I successfully imported the Localendar into that calendar.
It gets the job done but requires several manual steps whereas before when I updated Localendar, google updated
automatically.

Thank you,
Jay

Posted by support at Feb 28, 2018, 1:26:45 AM
Re: Import to Google calendar from Localendar not working
And importing from a url is still not working at all for you?
I did some testing myself using my own calendar last week, and I was able to see my events imported.

I agree - importing from a url is extremely more preferable than a file import. The test we supply is *exactly* the same for these 2 methods. Google hasn't provided any answer as to why they treat them differently?

When you write "It doesn't show any changes I've made since" I am inclined to think that Google is caching the old feed for performance reasons. I have read peoples' complaints on this same issue many times (one of these threads has people complaining for 2+ years about this problem):

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/calendar/ixQnzHmWDSk
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/calendar/7SgPSL-VgaY
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/calendar/efreVQk_cmw

One person does propose this as a fix. Please let me know if you try it and it works for you:
 
i think i found an answer to one of the issues: if you updated a calender on any hoster, delete it from google and add it again with the same link. but this time, add "?nocache" at the end.

so the URL that you added to google should look like this for example: http://icalx.com/public/yourcalender.ics?nocache

by doing that, google calender at least doesnt just load any old version from its cache, but actually fetches the updates calender file

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Posted by sgidenver at Mar 3, 2018, 8:07:15 AM
Re: Import to Google calendar from Localendar not working
HI Marc - Yeah, I saw and tried the ?NOCACHE option. Nothing..
I tried the X2 parameter again.. Now it doesn't even add the old stuff
prior to February 7th. As before, when I click on 'Add Calendar' to add by URL, it just hangs saying 'Updating'. I do a refresh and IE closes the window.
Again, I appreciate your support...Thank you..

Posted by support at Mar 6, 2018, 2:52:21 AM
Re: Import to Google calendar from Localendar not working
I'm actually having good luck just using the public calendar url with .ics on the end (this is the same data as the X2 feed)

example: https://localendar.com/public/sgidenver.ics

Are you trying https instead of http? Maybe Google is biased towards https all of a sudden.
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Posted by clogevents at Mar 11, 2018, 3:27:18 PM
Re: Import to Google calendar from Localendar not working
I've been having exactly the same problem since February and yes it has suddenly started working again.

I guess Google must have fixed something....

Good tip about https versus http. I will try that if the same thing happens again.

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