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2006-09-06

abook

Text-based addressbook designed for use with Mutt

NAME

abook - text-based address book program

SYNOPSIS

abook [ OPTION ]

DESCRIPTION

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).
-f --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.

AUTHOR

This manual page was written by Alan Ford <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
abook was written by Jaakko Heinonen <>

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