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Address books: LDIF, vCard import/export troublesome for any one else?

 
 
Kirbo
 
Reply Sat 7 May, 2016 04:06 pm
Am migrating from MS Windows to some flavor of Linux. Biggest issue is finding an adequate Personal Information Manager. I've been trying out all the major ones available in Linux.

I am amazed at how much trouble I'm having doing data exports -> imports of address books, using LDIF or vCard file formats. For example, exporting the address book from Thunderbird email client for import into Gnome Evolution. If I use LDIF format, the notes field doesn't import. If I use vCard format, phone numbers and/or email addresses don't get imported.

What on EARTH? I'd assumed these were mature and well-understood methods of getting data out of applications and into others. Boy was I in for a rude surprise.

I do this much export -> import of data infrequently, so I don't have context. Is what I'm describing - getting fields in records to import correctly fairly common? Or am I cursed or just having a real bad month?

Thanks for your insight.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2016 02:40 pm
@Kirbo,
I wonder if you are just running into some of the unpolished edges that Linux as a desktop has. Those issues are definitely not as common in the Windows or Mac world.
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