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Xubuntu 11.04 and contact management (2)

Posted 05-01-2011 at 06:58 AM by ricky_ds
Updated 05-01-2011 at 07:00 AM by ricky_ds

Today I'm following up on my post from yesterday. So far, I have been unable to see any advantage of a standalone contact management client, such as Contacts, Rubrica and KAddressBook. The latter would be the right thing to use in a KDE-environment. Of course, if you click on an e-mail address within one of these address books, you will fire up your primary mail client. But the idea is to be able to use the addresses from within the mail client.

My mail client of choice being Thunderbird, I think I will stick with its address book and spice it up with addons as needed.

So far I've installed Google Contacts 0.6.35 which has just been released yesterday (Version 0.6.34 is the one currently available at It's working nicely and smoothly, the thing I don't like is that it creates a new address book. I really want to maintain only one address book, so I'm wondering whether I just should change the settings so that the google address book points to the Personal Address Book location? Anyone had any experience doing that?
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    I try this very basic hack

    Go to the thunderbird profile
    cd ~/.thunderbird/1234wxyz.default/

    Find out which address book is which
    For me, abook.mab is the Personal Address Book, while abook-1.mab is the google one.

    Backup the Personal one: cp -a abook.mab ~/abook.mab.sav

    Symlink google to personal: ln -sf abook-1.mab abook.mab

    The result is that you actually only have two address books in thunderbird, but just one file on disk. Unfortunately, changes are not directly written into the mab-file so that if you modify anything in the personal address book, the changes will be lost.

    What I'd prefer to have is just one address book at all in thunderbird. If anyone knows if this is possible, even by hacking around in the prefs.js and such, please let me know.
    Posted 05-01-2011 at 08:01 AM by ricky_ds ricky_ds is offline


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