Re: [Evolution] Need help with Contacts - please

On Sun, 2010-08-29 at 07:50 -0700, Brewster Gillett wrote:
Using Evo 2.28.3 and Ubuntu 10.04.
I am beginning to wonder if any of our senior experts on this list have
ever used Evolution's Contacts module. Perhaps address books went out of
fashion when I wasn't looking, and Autocomplete is the flavor of the
month now. There are some inexplicable things going on in the Contacts
section, and have been for a long time, but we rarely see it mentioned.

No, I use it.  It certainly seems to have gone out-of-fashion for some
[I've noticed that too], but I have no idea what they are using in its

At present I have 70 Contacts filed. All but three are individuals.
Problems with the three that are "lists" were introduced in an earlier
email message, and have not yet been resolved. Another topic :-)

Yes, representing anything other that contacts is problematic.  This
isn't entirely Evolution's fault;  the vCard spec provides no way to
represent anything other than a Contact.

When I initiate a "NEW" email message, and follow the instructions
in the Evo Help, as reproduced here,
"Alternately, you can click the To:, Cc:, or Bcc: buttons to get a list
of the email addresses in your contacts. Select addresses and click the
arrows to move them into the appropriate address columns."


then I get the popup window listing my Contacts. Unfortunately, it has
*two* significant discrepancies. First, it only lists 60 of my
70 contacts. I have examined each one of the contacts that are being
omitted, and the few checked or populated boxes in them do not differ
in any discernible fashion from any of the ones that *are* being listed.
"Personal" is the only mailbox choice in use on any of them.
"Any" is the chosen category for all.
Three elements are the maximum (and minimum) number used in all 70
Full Name
File under
email address
So the only conclusion I can reach is that the popup maybe is limited
to 60 entries - can that possibly be true?

Could be.  I'd say that the default behavior is broken anyway - listing
ANY contacts by default is incorrect.  Can you search for your contacts?
[What if you have thousands of contacts, do you expect them all to be
listed?  Either (a) the program will try and probably crash or hang or
(b) only a subset will be listed and the user will be confused.
Conclusion: list none]

The other problem, and I have posted it here at least twice with no
responses, is that the system appears to be completely ignoring,
in all cases, the sorting according to the "File under" field 
in the Contact entries. What it is sorting by is the *first name*
of the Contact. Let me make this one very clear; when I actually
move into the Contacts module, as in to do editing of Contacts,
all the Contacts appear sorted by the "File under" field, as they
are expected to be. It is only in the "SELECT CONTACTS" popup
that appears when you are composing a new message and smack the
"To:" field that they are being incorrectly sorted on first name
from the "Full Name" field.

Hmm.  I've give that a try.

BTW though I shouldn't have to, I will add that every single one of the
entries in my Contacts *does* have the "File under" field populated. 

Can you even save a contact without that field filled in?

What really mystifies me is the apparent fact that I am the only user 
who has noticed these two things, so far.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can look for
to fix these problems? It's always possible that they could be the
result of something I am doing, or failing to do, though I can't see
how. Or are they bugs?
Or should I just shut up, forget about the popup and its sorting and
omission issues, and rely completely on the Autocomplete feature?
Adam Tauno Williams <awilliam whitemice org> LPIC-1, Novell CLA
OpenGroupware, Cyrus IMAPd, Postfix, OpenLDAP, Samba

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