ABOOKRC(5)                     File Formats Manual                    ABOOKRC(5)

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

       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 '#'.

       set option = value

       field identifier = human_readable_name [ , type ]
              Defines a new custom field. type can be one of 'string' (default)
              , 'emails', 'list', or 'date'.

       view view name = field1 [ , field2, ... ]
              Defines a view/tab, with fieldN being the identifier of a field
              declared with the field command, or the identifier of a standard

              Standard fields:
                   name, email,
                   address, address2, city, state, zip, country,
                   phone, workphone, fax, mobile,
                   nick, url, notes, anniversary

              Note: if you don't define any view, abook will use a default
              display based on the above standard fields.

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

              Specifies how fields not declared with the field command nor in a
              view should be preserved while loading an abook database.

              all    preserve any completely unknown field.

                     only preserve the standard fields (see a list in the
                       description of the view command) and the legacy
                       'custom[1-5]' fields.

              none   discards any unknown field.

              Default is all.

              Defines the way entries are displayed in the main list. This is a
              string containing field names enclosed between braces, with an
              optional width limit specified by a number (right alignment if
              negative) after the field name and a colon, and an arbitrary
              number of alternative fields (first with non empty content is to
              be displayed) separated by vertical bars. For instance:

                     displays the name field with a maximal width of 22

                     displays (right aligned within a width of 13 characters),
                     either the phone, workphone or mobile field, whichever
                     being the first to be non-empty.

              Default is " {name:22} {email:40} {phone:12|workphone|mobile}"

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

              Obsoleted by index_format.

              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

              Defines if navigation via the mouse is activated. Default is
              false. Most terminals can also inhibit ncurses mouse events at
              runtime by holding the Shift key (restoring mouse-selection

              Defines the number of lines the address list is scrolled by on a
              mouse wheel action. This option only takes effect if use_mouse is
              enabled. Default is 2.

              Defines if the output of abook is colorized. Default is false.

       Color settings:
              color_header_fg=color Foreground color for header bar

              color_header_bg=color Background color for header bar

              color_footer_fg=color Foreground color for footer bar

              color_footer_bg=color Background color for footer bar

              color_list_even_fg=color Foreground color for normal list entries
              with even index in the list (starting with index 0)

              color_list_even_bg=color Background color for normal list entries
              with even index in the list (starting with index 0)

              color_list_odd_fg=color Foreground color for normal list entries
              with odd index in the list (starting with index 0)

              color_list_odd_bg=color Background color for normal list entries
              with odd index in the list (starting with index 0)

              color_list_header_fg=color Foreground color for the list header

              color_list_header_bg=color Background color for the list header

              color_list_highlight_fg=color Foreground color for highlighted
              list entries

              color_list_highlight_bg=color Background color for highlighted
              list entries

              color_tab_border_fg=color Foreground color for tab borders on
              details page

              color_tab_border_bg=color Background color for tab borders on
              details page

              color_tab_label_fg=color Foreground color for tab labes on details

              color_tab_label_bg=color Background color for tab labes on details

              color_field_name_fg=color Foreground color for field names on
              details page

              color_field_name_bg=color Background color for field names on
              details page

              color_field_value_fg=color Foreground color for field values on
              details page

              color_field_value_bg=color Background color for field values on
              details page

              Where color can be: default, black, red, green, yellow, blue,
              magenta, cyan, white

       # sample abook configuration file

       # Declare a few custom fields
       field pager = Pager
       field address_lines = Address, list
       field birthday = Birthday, date

       # Define how fields should be displayed in tabs
       view CONTACT = name, email
       view ADDRESS = address_lines, city, state, zip, country
       view PHONE = phone, workphone, pager, mobile, fax
       view OTHER = url, birthday

       # Preserve any unknown field while loading an abook database
       set preserve_fields=all

       # Automatically save database on exit
       set autosave=true

       # Format of entries lines in list
       set index_format=" {name:22} {email:40} {phone:12|workphone|mobile}"

       # Show all email addresses in list
       set show_all_emails=true

       # 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 <alan@whirlnet.co.uk> and
       expanded by Cedric Duval <cedricduval@free.fr>.

       abook was written by Jaakko Heinonen <jheinonen@users.sourceforge.net>

                                  Oct 25, 2005                        ABOOKRC(5)