[kde-linux] Problems with KAddressBook KDE-4.3.4

Dr. Edgar Alwers edgaralwers at gmx.de
Fri Jan 8 21:26:19 UTC 2010

Hi Anne, Duncan, KIevin,

> I've been using my old addressbook with KDE SC4 since 4.0, so in that
>  sense, no it isn't.  However, to get the right answer for this we
>  definitely need more detail, as there have been rapid changes over the
>  last few weeks.  So -
> Which distro?  Do you have Akonadi running?  If so have you looked at the
> Akonadi configuration console? If Akonadi is not involved in this we may
>  need a whole different batch of questions.  If it is, you should have
>  backup files - they are created automatically, and have been for years -
>  from which we will be able to restore functionality.

sorry for the delay, I was out of home for the last days.

Well, first, I am not a distro, I did compile all from the scratch. Akonadi is 
not running. Just the address book browser, version 4.3 using kde-4.3.4.
As I wrote, importing old files from KDE-3.5 or copying them just works. All 
fine, until I shutdown and restart again the system. Then, only five to six 
from 96 addresses show up. 
I assumed a corrupt imported file and decided to start a new kaddress kde-4 
book.  I erased /home/kde4/.kde4/share/apps/kabc/std.vcf ( and all other 
std.vcf__x ) and started entering addresses in the address book browser, one 
after the other. Everything OK. Shutting down the browser and restarting it 
also OK. Then, shutdown of the system, restart: only 30 to 35 from 70 records 
match. Shutdown again and restart: only 15 records., and so on. Finally, only 
2 (!) records remained.

This is happening on two machines, running kde-4.3.4. 
I did not enter all fields for each address. Partly, I only entered name and 
e-mail. Perhaps, the file is becoming corrupt due to this: empty fields are 
not beeing handled correctly. But this is an assumption without background. 

I am afraid, this could be a bug. At least, I do not know what I could  do in 
a different way.

To make it clear: I only need to reimport my backup file each time I need 
kaddressbook and I can work. Also I can rename std.vcf__x to std.vcf. That is 
not the question

Any suggestions ?

Dr. Edgar Alwers

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