Address Book Export Bugs ======================== From Netscape Address Book, go to pull-down menus and choose File -> Export... Then select from the "Save As Type" list, the format "Tab Delimited (*.txt,*.tab)" The file that is created contains the format in the line below: DisplayName LastName FirstName Notes City State Email Title Unknown1 Address Zip Country Work Fax Home Organization Nickname Cellular Pager Unknown2 ### in case the tabs are removed by form submition the format is DisplayName(tab)LastName(tab)FirstName(tab)Notes(tab)City(tab)State(tab)Email(ta b)Title(tab)Unknown1(tab)Address(tab)Zip(tab)Country(tab)Work(tab)Fax(tab)Home(t ab)Organization(tab)Nickname(tab)Cellular(tab)Pager(tab)Unknown2 Note that the export is missing the 3 fields in a person record which hold values for "Prefers to receive Rich Text (HTML) mail" and "Department" and "URL" Also note that there are two columns that ALWAYS have blank values (so I can't be sure what is being attempted to export). I have labelled them Unknown1 and Unknown2. Presumably, they are to contain 2 of the 3 missing values mentioned above Address Book Import Bugs ======================== From Netscape Address Book, go to pull-down menus and choose File -> Import... Choose from the list of import formats, the format named "Text file (address book)" Choose a file that is tab-delimited with column order identical to the one created by address book export whose first line contains trailing blank values It appears that Netscape parses only the first line to see how many fields should be permitted in the import and only allows you to map up to the last non-blank field found on the first line Subsequent lines which may contain more values will not display those additional values to allow you to map them for the purposes of import. For example, suppose your import file contained the following two lines: Joe Shmoe Shmoe Joe Toronto ON firstname.lastname@example.org Joe Bloggs Bloggs Joe Toronto ON email@example.com President ### in case the tabs are removed by form submition the format is Joe Shmoe(tab)Shmoe(tab)Joe(tab)(tab)Toronto(tab)ON(tab)firstname.lastname@example.org(tab) Joe Bloggs(tab)Bloggs(tab)Joe(tab)(tab)Toronto(tab)ON(tab)email@example.com(tab)P resident Following the procedure described above, you would never be able to map the 8th column since it is blank in the first line (therefore we would never be able to import the fact the Joe Bloggs' title is President) This necessitates a header line that may not contain any relevant values but is in place only to force Netscape to parse ALL fields. However, this line is not created by the export process forcing you to guess as to what each field might contain. Further, even if the complete list of columns is displayed, the import process has no options to allow you to map the following fields originally exported by the address book export: Display Name URL although curiously, it has the options Department Prefers HTML mail Presumably those two map to the Unknown1 and Unknown2 fields that were (sort of) exported Summary ======= It is impossible to export data and the re-import the same data back (never mind making changes in an external program before importing it back)
Component: LDAP Mail/News Integration → Address Book
Wait, wait... do I understand correctly; you are talking about the address book in Netscape 4.x, right? I dont even see a File -> Export menu at all in Mozilla's Address book. This is not the place to report Netscape 4.x problems. Bugzilla is for reporting Mozilla bugs.
Reassigning to rdayal since he worked on addressbook import.
Assignee: srilatha → rdayal
invalid ! This is not a Netscape Database and mozilla's Adressbook have no File/Export. Please use Netscape's bug reporting form.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
Verified as invalid
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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