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January 13, 2005


script for building an outline editor on top of Vim


otl2pdb - converts vimoutliner outline to AddressDB Palm file.


otl2pdb [filename]


This manual page documents briefly the otl2pdb Perl script.
otl2pdb is a perl(1) script that takes an outline from vimoutliner(1) with contact information and creates an AddressDB.pdb file for a Palm.
For now this script can only create a .pdb file. You then have to use a syncing tool to load it into your Palm. I recommend the pilot-link package for linux.
The format of the contact outline is the following:
You can have as many categories and records(entries) as you want. The following are valid fields for a record with the necessary text to indicate them in quotes:
’h:’-home phone
’w:’-work phone
Also, each record’s category is left as ’Unfiled’ as I can’t get the record’s category to write correctly.



This program uses the Palm::Address perl module, which is available on CPAN.


If using the pilot-link package:
-load the pdb with ’pilot-xfer -i AddressDB.pdb’
-specify the serial port if other than /dev/pilot (which will usually be the case
unless you link to it) with -p in the above command; usually this is /dev/ttyS0 in linux


The original version was written by Gabriel Walker <>.
If you like using perl, linux, vim and databases to make your life easier (not lazier ;) check out my website at
This manual page was written by Matej Cepl <> (using perldoc(1) part of the documented script), for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
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