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Use the Mac OS X Address Book with mutt
Authored by: spork on Oct 27, '04 07:50:34PM

You mention pine, but I see no hooks in pine to use an external program like this to query for addresses... How did you get pine to use lbdbq?

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Use the Mac OS X Address Book with mutt
Authored by: tpavlic on Feb 28, '06 09:26:02AM

This hack does not integrate the OS X address book with pine. lbdb can READ the pine address book, but it cannot integrate with pine's address book. This is because pine has no way to query out to a program to get its address book info; it must be read from a file. (and you really can't even setup a nifty named pipe to fake pine out because pine expects all addresses to be in that file ahead of time… There's simply no way to ‘query' the file)

NOTE: There are ways to make bbdb WRITE pine address books:

I don't know if you can integrate bbdb with the OS X address book. And regardless, this would require periodically syncing your bbdb address book to a file.

So that sucks.

HOWEVER, PINE address books *CAN* be stored on an remote IMAP server. This means that if you keep your address information (very limited in pine) on the server, on ANY pine you open up regardless of location, you'll get the same address book. Pine does the same thing with configuration. This is one of the strengths of pine. Imagine if you could open up Thunderbird or Mail ANYWHERE and have it DOWNLOAD a configuration and an address book automatically. You would only have to configure your mail app once and any changes would automatically propagate to every other machine you use without you having to do anything.

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