[kdepim-users] Re: kaddressbook missing features

Mirko Hessel-von Molo mirkoh at math.upb.de
Thu Oct 14 14:41:03 BST 2010

On Thu, 14 Oct 2010, Anne Wilson wrote:

> On Wednesday 13 Oct 2010 21:39:44 Mirko Hessel-von Molo wrote:
> > * What can you do with "Groups" at all, currently?
> >    (Being able to select names and email adresses for 
> >    copy and paste isn't worth much, it seems to me...)
> That largely depends on what "currently" means.  Ubuntu Lucid doesn't mean a 
> thing to me, so I can't answer specifically.
> At one point (I can't remember exactly when) copy and paste was the only 
> option open to you.  Then the developers got Groups working, and back-ported 
> it to the then-current distributions.  I do not know where you have got to, on 
> this time-scale, but it has been working for quite a long time, so I would 
> have thought you have the working version.

Ubuntu 10.4 "Lucid Lynx" was released in April 2010, the codebase is
probably from a point somewhat earlier on. Given that most of the mailing
list discussions on KAddressbook in KDE SC 4.4 that I read happened in the
past half year, I am not so sure about that. But I don't know, frankly. In
the backports for lucid there doesn't seem to be anything from KDE PIM.

> Groups replace Distribution Lists and work in much the same way.  I have a 
> Testing group which contains all my email addresses.  If I start an email and 
> put Testing Group into the addressline, I don't see who it is going to, but it 
> is delivered to all the addresses in that group.

That refers to KMail, I suppose?

My usage of the distribution list feature was mostly as I described
earlier: I clicked onto the list name, so I had all list member on the
screen, then "Edit -> Select all", then "send email to contact". 

Essentially, I triggered writing an email from the addressbook. I guess
the authors intend it the other way around: having a mail client request
the list of addresses from the addressbook.

Probably my approach to designing my working environment doesn't quite
match KDEs philosophy: Having started on Linux in the Mid-90s, I'm still
using Fvwm as Window Manager (with a config that evolved now for the best
part of 13 years) and pick from KDE, GNOME, command line tools etc. whatever 
piece of software I like best for a given purpose.

Alpine turns out to be the mail client I like best, kaddressbook the
adressbook application and so on...

Thanks anyway, 

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