abook man page

abook — text-based address book program

Synopsis

abook [ OPTION ]

Description

This manual page documents briefly the abook program. This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.

abook is a text-based address book program. It contains Name, Email, Address and various Phone fields. It is designed for use with mutt, but can be equally useful on its own.

Options

-h --help
Show usage.
-C --config <filename>
Use an alternative configuration file (default is $HOME/.abook/abookrc).
--datafile <filename>
Use an alternative addressbook file (default is $HOME/.abook/addressbook).
--mutt-query <string> [ --outformat <outputformat> ]
Make a query for mutt (search the addressbook for <string>).
The --datafile option, as documented above, may be used BEFORE this option to search a different addressbook file.
Only a subset of the below <outputformat> are allowed: mutt (default), vcard and custom
--convert [ --informat <inputformat> ] [ --infile <inputfile> ] [ --outformat <outputformat> ] [ --outfile <outputfile> ]

Converts <inputfile> in <inputformat> to <outputfile> in <outputformat> (defaults are abook, stdin, text and stdout).

The following inputformats are supported:
- abook abook native format
- ldif ldif / Netscape addressbook
- mutt mutt alias
- pine pine addressbook
- csv comma separated values
- palmcsv Palm comma separated values
- vcard VCard addressbook

The following outputformats are supported:
- abook abook native format
- ldif ldif / Netscape addressbook (.4ld)
- mutt mutt alias
- html html document
- pine pine addressbook
- vcard VCard addressbook
- csv comma separated values
- palmcsv Palm comma separated values
- elm elm alias
- text plain text
- spruce Spruce address book
- wl Wanderlust address book
- bsdcal BSD calendar
- custom Custom output format, see below

--outformatstr <string>
Only used if --mutt-query or --convert is specified and --outformat=custom. <string> is a format string allowing placeholders.
A placeholder can be any of the standard fields names (see abookrc(5)) and must be encapsulated by curly brackets.
The default value is "{nick} ({name}): {mobile}"
If <string> starts with ! only entries whose all fields from <string> are non-NULL are included.
--add-email
Read an e-mail message from stdin and add the sender to the addressbook.
--add-email-quiet
Same as --add-email but doesn't confirm adding.
--formats
List available formats.

Commands During Use

Press '?' during use to get a list of commands.

See Also

mutt(1), abookrc(5)

Author

This manual page was written by Alan Ford <alan@whirlnet.co.uk>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

abook was written by Jaakko Heinonen <jheinonen@users.sourceforge.net>

Referenced By

abookrc(5), lbdbq(1).

2006-09-06