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KABC Client


KDE Groupware/PIM

Score 72%
Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 3.x
Downloads:  4487
Submitted:  Jun 16 2005
Updated:  Sep 7 2005


A commandline client to KDE's addressbook, similar to kfmclient begin a commandline client to KIO

Takes input from either commandline arguments or through standard input.
The latter allows to use it in shell pipes&filters constructs

See README for usage examples


0.8 -> 0.8.1

Adding installation instructions and build files for creating Debian packages.
No changes to the program itself!

0.7.2 -> 0.8
dialog input for selecting contacts rather than reading input or taking commandline input

0.7.1 -> 0.7.2
Another documentation update. This time a manpage

0.7 -> 0.7.1
Added examples for working with the CSV output format filter: create empty LaTeX letters prefilled with receipient address.

No changes to the program itself

0.6.2 -> 0.7
Added CSV (comma separated values) filters for input and output using the csv templates of KAddressBook for describing the CSV data format.
Check README.csv for details

0.6.1 -> 0.6.2
Fixed a bug in Merge operation (phone numbers not merged correctly)

Fixed vcard input

0.6 -> 0.6.1
Can specify vCard version for vcard output format.
Use UTF-8 as the default encoding when format is vcard (if no codec is specified on commandline)

0.5.2 -> 0.6
Added a "merge" operation for append information to already existing contacts.

Allow input and output in encodings different from the environments default encoding.
Especially useful when dumping vcards to a file as vcards are supposed to be in UTF-8. Just use -oc utf8 for that.

0.5.1 -> 0.5.2
Some changes based on user suggestions (Thank you for the feedback!):

Search is now default operation
Operation mode switches have single letter aliases (first letter uppercased)

0.5 -> 0.5.1

Added error messages for when failing add or remove operations.

"Fixed" the version number (wasn't updated after 0.4) :)

Only create new UID if the one supplied by the input data is already used in by another contact in the addressbook

See ChangeLog file for details

(README for CSV input/output)
(Debian/unstable package)
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 great idea

 by MaxAuthority on: Jun 21 2005
Score 50%

I really like the idea, it's a great addition similar to the konsolekalendar interface for korganizer.

Just a small improvment:
Short options would be useful, e.g. kabcclient -s bla in addition to kabcclient --search

kabcclient bar should also search for bar, since it's probably the most often needed option to kabcclient.

Thanks for the program!

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 Re: great idea

 by krake on: Jun 21 2005
Score 50%

Thank you very much for your feedback.
I implemented the necessary changes in 0.5.2

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 Thank you

 by suslik on: Aug 29 2005
Score 50%

Thx for the app.

I was thinking to write a SuperKaramba client for Kaddressbook, (a la Mac's)

And, now I can!

Thx again.

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 Re: Thank you

 by krake on: Aug 29 2005
Score 50%


Just as a note: while the vcard output gets you all possible information, using the csv output can be a lot easier when you just need some of the possible data fields.

There is an example for this under doc/examples in the source archive, where a script uses an own CSV template to create pre-fill LaTeX letters.

If you encounter any question, don't hesitate to post again or send an email

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 Debian packacge

 by krake on: Sep 7 2005
Score 50%

I just uploaded a binary package for Debian/unstable (KDE 3.3.2)

Linked here and on the project's website

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 Re: Debian packacge

 by krake on: Sep 17 2005
Score 50%

Updated Debian package for KDE 3.4.2

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 Doesn't compile

 by csanchisb on: Jan 27 2006
Score 50%

The configure script ALWAYS complains about my KDE prefix no matter how I set it up. It's /opt/kde3 in SuSE. I've also tried subfolder under that and also the "make -f Makefile.cvs" thing, but it keeps saying it doesn't find any KDE headders. Am I doing something wrong?

Carlos Sanchis
Valencia (Spain)

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 Re: Doesn't compile

 by csanchisb on: Jan 28 2006
Score 50%

Sorry, it was my fault, kdelibs-devel wasn't installed. The app works very well, congrats

Carlos Sanchis
Valencia (Spain)

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 links are all dead

 by spookster on: Apr 5 2008
Score 50%

It seems this is dead now -- none of the links work. Shame...

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 Re: links are all dead

 by spookster on: Apr 5 2008
Score 50%

OK, I tracked down a tarball via a src.rpm. It doesn't build out of the box, but it is here:


To get it to build, you need autotools. If you have autoconf 2.6 or newer, you have to hack the 'admin/cvs.sh' script, replacing 2.5 with 2.6 in appropriate places -- or just replace it with the one I made:



make -f Makefile.cvs

Then the usual.

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