copy of lists into different address book fails



Address Book
6 years ago
5 years ago


(Reporter: nemo, Unassigned)


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Windows 7

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6 years ago
Created attachment 581611 [details]
Test file in ldif format

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:8.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0
Build ID: 20111104165243

Steps to reproduce:

- created a small ldif containing six contacts and two groups (also called lists)
- imported ldif
- copied entries and/or groups from that imported address book into personal address book

Actual results:

When I copy several groups at once, group 1 gets copied alright, but group 2 is missing.

When I copy one group at a time, the alphabetically first entry of each group will be missing.

Expected results:

Several groups should be copied, and groups should be complete. Also, members should be complete in target address book.

I attach a small ldif file with test data. Play around with the order of entries in the ldif file (in versions before Thunderbird 8.0 groups specified before their entries caused further errors).


6 years ago
Severity: normal → minor

Comment 1

6 years ago
(In reply to nemo from comment #0)
Is this similar to your issue?: bug 339227.

Comment 2

6 years ago
(In reply to Hashem Masoud from comment #1)
> (In reply to nemo from comment #0)
> Is this similar to your issue?: bug 339227.

Short version: Not at all, no.

To elaborate: Bug 339227 does not describe errors happening while moving contacts, it is about the method (copy/paste does not exist) of this operation.

At the time of this writing, there is (to my knowledge) no way of moving those contacts except by drag and drop. Therefore, when I write "copy" in the OP, this drag and drop operation is referred to. It might, with some caveats, have been better described as "move" or "drag and drop". The bug described here should be totally independent of the method, though, even if a different method, as requested per bug 339227, did exist.

Therefore, no, no relevance at all.

Comment 3

5 years ago
this drag and drop bug still exists in v17.0.7
my experience is that the addresses dragged across to the default address books stop being copied as they reach the address that is also in the first list.  
There are two impacts 1) only the first list gets copied across 2) an incomplete set of address is copied across
severity - large from where I am sitting as I have no way of reverting back to the 100s of addresses that were in the default address books and i have added "random" addresses to this set.  Also only one list is moved across

Comment 4

5 years ago
a work around:  (NB my operating system Mac OSX)
import old address book
drag and drop each list from imported address book into your default address book one by one
delete every list from the imported address book
lastly drag and drop all contacts (now with no lists) into the default address book

Comment 5

5 years ago
NB though 
1  still leaves out the first contact in the list when you drag and drop the list
2  seems to leave behind a corrupted list in the imported address book which has the wrong addresses in it - the one copied over to the default address book is correct - just missing the first member

So additional stage to previous post
recreate first member of each list - perhaps by re-importing the old address book and using that for reference as to who is the member now missing in the new copy...!
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