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Re: [dumb] one you run ./configure then make

From: Dave Goldberg
Subject: Re: [dumb] one you run ./configure then make
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2019 14:45:26 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.3 (gnu/linux)

I went through this (finally) a couple years ago.  Yes, just put a copy (good 
to keep a backup of the 2.X version for at least a while) of your old .bbdb in 
~/.  When you run M-x bbdb from emacs it will detect the old version, convert 
it and offer to save.  It worked about 90% perfectly for me.  I don't recall 
all the details but one issue that came up is that some phone numbers, all of 
which were recorded as strings in my 2.X file, were converted into an array.  
bbdb itself didn't seem to care which format was used - I only noticed because 
some custom code I had choked on the records that were turned into arrays.

Dave Goldberg

-----Original Message-----
From: Harry Putnam <address@hidden>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2019 13:33:03 -0500
Subject: Re: [dumb] one you run ./configure then make
To: address@hidden

Gijs Hillenius <address@hidden> writes:


>> What do I put in ~/ for emacs to use?


> you need to initialize bbdb for (probably) gnus, and the .bbdb gets
> created once you start creating & adding addresses.
> This is what I use, but ...
> (require 'bbdb-loaddefs)
> (bbdb-initialize 'gnus 'message)
> (setq bbdb-complete-mail-allow-cycling t)
> (setq bbdb-message-all-addresses t) 
> (setq bbdb-mua-update-interactive-p '(query . create))
> (bbdb-mua-auto-update-init 'message 'mail)
> (setq bbdb-mua-auto-update-p 'query)
> you might also want to check out
> (setq bbdb-default-country "add-your-default-country-here")

Great help, thank you much

If I want to convert an old .bbdb (version 2.35)

How would I go about that .... would I just put the old ~/.bbdb
into ~/  and start using it or is there some procedure involved in
converting it to 3.1.?? (newest from source).

I've been told the older version will convert upward but cannot be
returned to 2.35 once it has.

Thing is, I see no instructions to do the conversion.

Google does not appear to know about instructions for conversion of
older BBDB to BBDB-3.???  either.

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