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NAME

kabcclient - commandline client for the KDE addressbook

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS

kabcclient [[-A] | [-R] | [-M] | [-S] | [-L]] [--match-case] [--nosave] [-ic codec] [-if format] [-if-opts format-options] [-oc codec] [-of format] [-of-opts format-options] [input-data]

DESCRIPTION

kabcclient allows commandline access to the KDE addressbook, for example in shell scripts. It supports input from stdin or through additional commandline arguments. Output is always written to stdout.

OPTIONS

Operation modes

-A, --add

Add a new contact entry to the addressbook

-R, --remove

Removes an existing contact entry from the addressbook

-M, --merge

Merges input data with an existing contact entry from the addressbook. This appends any new information to the already existing one

-S, --search

Searches the addressbook for matching contact entries

-L, --list

Lists all contact entries of the addressbook

Input options

-ic, --input-codec

Pass input text through a specified text encoding. See -ic help for additional information about input codecs. Default is local which will use the codec for the current locale(5) settings

-if, --input-format

Parses the input text according to given formatting rules. See -if help for available formats. Default is search

Instead of reading input text kabcclient can show a dialog for selecting contacts using the input format

dialog

-if-opts, --input-format-options

Additional options for the chosen input format. Can be optional as well as mandatory depending on the format. See -if-opts help for available format options

Output options

-oc, --output-codec

Pass output text through a specified text encoding. See -oc help for additional information about output codecs. Default is local which will use the codec for the current locale(5) settings.

-of, --output-format

Formats the output text according to given formatting rules. See -of help for available formats. Default is vcard.

-of-opts, --output-format-options

Additional options for the chosen output format. Can be optional as well as mandatory depending on the format. See -of-opts help for available format options

Additional options

--match-case

Use case sensitive text matching when comparing input text with contact entries

--nosave

Perform information changing operations like -A, -R or -M only in memory but do not write the changes back to the addressbook

DIAGNOSTICS

As usual an exit status of zero indicates success. Depending on the chosen operation mode a non-zero exit status indicates a certain problem the application encountered

ADD

1

Reading the input text failed

2

Creating a suitable contact entry from the input text failed, e.g. not data or wrongly formatted input for the chosen input format

3

Saving the addressbook changes failed. This can be caused for example by other applications currently locking the addressbook.

REMOVE

1

Reading the input text failed

2

The program could not remove any contact entry from the addressbook. This can be caused by failing to parse the input text, failing to find a matching contact entry in the addressbook or finding more than one matching contact entry in the addressbook. In the latter case an error message is written to stderr

3

Saving the addressbook changes failed. This can be caused for example by other applications currently locking the addressbook.

MERGE

1

Reading the input text failed

2

The program could not merge the input with any contact entry from the addressbook. This can be caused by failing to parse the input text, failing to find a matching contact entry in the addressbook or finding more than one matching contact entry in the addressbook. In the latter case an error message is written to stderr

3

Saving the addressbook changes failed. This can be caused for example by other applications currently locking the addressbook.

SEARCH, 1

Reading the input text failed

2

The program could not find any matching contact entry in the addressbook. This can be caused by failing to parse the input text or failing to find a matching contact entry in the addressbook

EXAMPLES

Look for contact entries with Joe in either name or email addresses

kabcclient -S Joe

Do the same but use case sensitive matching

kabcclient --match-case -S Joe

Do the same but read input text from stdin

echo "Joe" | kabcclient --match-case -S

Try to add a new contact entry using data from a formatted email address

kabcclient --nosave --add -if email "Marilyn Monroe <mmonroe@moviestars.com>"

Do the same but this time really save the changed addressbook

kabcclient --add -if email "Marilyn Monroe <mmonroe@moviestars.com>"

Listing the available input formats

kabcclient -if help

Listing the available output formats

kabcclient -of help

Listing the available options for the email output format

kabcclient -of email -of-opts help

Listing all email addresses for all contacts containing Marilyn

kabcclient -of email -of-opts allemails -S Marilyn

Remove all contacts the user selected in the contact selection dialog

kabcclient --remove -if dialog

Export selected contacts to a vCard (default output format) file

kabcclient -S -if dialog > contacts.vcf

AUTHOR

This manual page was written by Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer@gmx.at>. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.

AUTHOR

Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer@gmx.at>

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