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Re: [BBDBv3] some questions about BBDBv3

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: [BBDBv3] some questions about BBDBv3
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:40:26 +0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.130012 (Ma Gnus v0.12) Emacs/24.4.50 (gnu/linux)

stardiviner <address@hidden> writes:

> * Question 1:
> Where is the mailing list of BBDB now?
> I found the mailing list in Source-Forge is abandoned.
> And the ML in is not open.
> So where to ask question about BBDB?

There is a gmane group for bbdb: gmane.emacs.bbdb.user  That seems to be
where most of the discussion goes on.

> * Question 2:
> How to create BBDB field like ~phone~ which has different types label, and can
> have many values separated with comma?
> Or can I just register a new field in BBDB init file like custom new filed ?

I'm not sure I understand you correctly, but you can just create
arbitrary new fields, and each one has its own label. This won't create
a *single* type with multiple labels, just multiple types, each with its
own label (not sure there's a difference). You can use commas or
semi-colons as separators, by default -- see `bbdb-default-separator'

> * Question 3:
> How to show contact avatar in BBDBv3?
> I know it seems about x-fields or somethings else, But I still don't know how 
> to
> setup it after did some Google search, and a little BBDB source code dive in 
> (I
> only know a little about Emacs Lisp).
> Please show me an detail steps to tell me how to setup this. Thanks very much.

I haven't ever done this before, but look at the docstrings for
`bbdb-image', `bbdb-image-path', and `bbdb-image-suffixes'.

It looks like you set `bbdb-image-path' to the directory where you're
going to keep images, and then put images in there.

Then set `bbdb-image' either to the symbol name of an xfield that holds
each contact's image file name, or else name/lf-name/fl-name if you want
to use the contact's name as a filename. Or a function that returns the
image name from the contact.

Anyway, take a look at those docstrings, give it a shot, and report
problems back to the bbdb group.


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