- FUTURE DIRECTIONS
- SEE ALSO
Mail::Addressbook::Convert - convert to and from many e-mail addressbooks
These modules allow to to convert between the following e-mail addressbook formats
From To csv csv ( Note: MS Outlook. Outlook Express and many other mailers will export and import into this format) tsv tsv (tab-separated ascii, Outlook and OE also do these) pine pine ccMail Eudora Eudora Pegasus Pegasus Juno Lidf Ldif (Netscape 4 exports in this format ) Mailrc Spry
Perl, version 5.001 or higher File::Basename Carp
This distribution will convert email addressbooks between many common formats. Some examples are Pine, Eudora, Pegasus, csv.
The documentation here is general. For details on conversion, each module has pod documentation specific to its conversion
As an example
To use to convert between Pine and Eudora as an example, you would do the following
my $Pine = new Mail::Addressbook::Convert::Pine();
my $Eudora = new Mail::Addressbook::Convert::Eudora();
my $PineInFile ="pineSample.txt"; # name of the file containing the Pine data
my $raIntermediate = $Pine->scan(\$PineInFile);
my $raEudora = $Eudora->output($raIntermediate); # reference to an array containing a Eudora addressbook
All modules follow this template except Pegasus. Pegasus stores its address books in multiple files. See the documentation in Pegasus.pm
Standard Intermediate Format(STF) :
The addressbook format that is used as an intermediate between conversions. It is rfc822 compliant and can be used directly as a Eudora addressbook. Do not use a Eudora addressbook as an STF. Some versions of Eudora use a format, that while RFC822 compliant, will not work as an STF. Run the Eudora addressbook through $Eudora->scan()
All modules have new and scan methods. All modules except Juno, CcMail, Spry, and Mailrc have output. All modules except Pegasus follow the templates below
no arguments needed for all modules.
Input : a reference to an array containing a addressbook file or a reference to a scalar containing the file name with the addressbook data. Returns: a reference to a STF ( see above).
All modules except Juno, CcMail, Spry, and Mailrc have output methods.
Input: a reference to a STF ( see above). Returns : a reference to an array containing a pine file.
This only converts email address, aliases, and mailing lists. Phone numbers, postal addresses and other such data are not converted.
See individual modules for references
This code is derived from the code used on www.interguru.com/mailconv.htm . The site has been up since 1996 The site gets about 8000 unique visitors a month, many of whom make addressbook conversions. The code has been well tested.
There are other ways to convert addressbooks. Many e-mail clients will import adressbooks of other e-mail clients.
Dawn is an open source system that will run on Unix and Windows.
You can find information on Dawn and other methods on www.interguru.com/MailInformation.htm
You can do conversions directly on the Web at www.interguru.com/mailconv.htm .
Original Version 2002-Feb-09
Copyright (c) 2001 Joe Davidson. All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the Perl Artistic License (see http://www.perl.com/perl/misc/Artistic.html). or the GPL copyleft license ( http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html)
Mail::Addressbook::Convert was written by Joe Davidson <firstname.lastname@example.org> in 2002.