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       $HOME/.abook/abookrc  -  configuration  file  for  abook  address  book


       This manual page documents briefly the abookrc file.
       abookrc is the (optional) configuration file for use with the  abook(1)
       address book program.

       abookrc  is  stored  in  a  user’s $HOME/.abook directory. It follows a
       format of “set option=value”.  The following information lists each  of
       these options and the values they may take.

       If  a  variable  is  not set in abookrc , a sensible default, as listed
       with the description below, will be used.

       Comments in abookrc are on lines beginning with ’#’.


              Defines whether the addressbook is automatically saved on  exit.
              Default is true.

              Defines  whether  all email addresses for a contact are shown in
              the main list view. Default is true

              Defines the screen column on  the  main  list  where  the  email
              address is to begin. Default is 25.

              Defines  the field to display in the extra (third) column on the
              main list. Default is "phone" (Home Phone).
              field can be any of the following:
              -1             disabled
              phone          Home Phone
              workphone      Work Phone
              fax            Fax
              mobile         Mobile Phone
              nick           Nickname/Alias
              url            URL
              notes          Notes

              This is an optional  setting  that  allows  you  to  specify  an
              alternative field to be displayed in the extra (third) column if
              there is no data for the field specified in extra_column  for  a
              particular  item.  The  strings  for  the fields are the same as
              above. Please note that the data  shown  where  the  alternative
              field  has  been  used will NOT be marked differently in any way
              from the rest of the extra column. There is no default.

              Defines the screen column on the main list where the extra field
              is to begin. Default is 65.

              Defines the command to start mutt. Default is "mutt".

              Defines  whether  to  return  all  email  addresses matching the
              search criteria to a mutt query. Default is true.

              Defines the command  to  used  when  printing  the  addressbook.
              Default is "lpr".

              Defines  the  command  used  to  start the web browser to view a
              contact’s URL. Default is "lynx".

              Defines  the  style  of  address  formatting  to  be  used  when
              exporting  as  text  /  printing  the database (European, UK, or
              USA). Default is European ("eu").

              This option allows you to force Abook use only ASCII characters.
              This option is useful if your terminal doesn’t support non-ASCII
              characters. Default is false.

              Defines whether to  avoid  adding  addresses  already  in  data.
              Default is false.

              Defines  the  field  to  be used by the "sort by field" command.
              Default is "nick" (Nickname/Alias).

              Defines if the cursor is visible in  main  display.  Default  is


       # sample abook configuration file

       # Automatically save database on exit
       set autosave=true

       # Show all email addresses in list
       set show_all_emails=true

       # Screen column for email field to start
       set emailpos=25

       # Field to be used in the extra column
       set extra_column=phone
       # frequently used values:
       #    -1          disabled
       #    phone       Home Phone
       #    workphone   Work Phone
       #    fax         Fax
       #    mobile      Mobile Phone
       #    nick        Nickname/Alias
       #    url         URL

       set extra_alternative=-1

       # Screen column for the extra field to start
       set extrapos=65

       # Command used to start mutt
       set mutt_command=mutt

       # Return all email addresses to a mutt query
       set mutt_return_all_emails=true

       # Command used to print
       set print_command=lpr

       # Command used to start the web browser
       set www_command=lynx

       # address style [eu|us|uk]
       set address_style=eu

       # use ASCII characters only
       set use_ascii_only=false

       # Prevent double entry
       set add_email_prevent_duplicates=false

       # field to be used with "sort by field" command
       set sort_field=nick

       # show cursor in main display
       set show_cursor=false




       This manual page was written by Alan Ford <>.

       abook was written by Jaakko Heinonen <>

                                  Jun 4, 2003