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File-based contact management

Each contact corresponds to a single file inside of the bguo directory.
Contact information should be edited in this directory and then exported
to various output formats for use by other programs. They can also be
roughly imported to this directory, but you will have to proofread the
results; the importers are intended for one-time imports, not for
regular synchronization with other programs.

For our purposes, a contact is a thing with a single name.
People, mailing lists, and organizations can all be
contacts. bguo has no special features for grouping contacts.

bguo contact file format
Here is an example of a contact file. ::

    name: Thomas Levine
    phone: 8835 1000 990 2082
    x-favorite-color: pink

The contact file format is similar to that of an email
(`RFC-5322 <>`_ internet message)
except for the following changes.

* Header names are different. (See below.)
* Line breaks do not need to include carriage returns;
  it is acceptable to break lines either with CRLF or just LF.
* Non-ASCII data may be included in headers; MIME encoded-word syntax is
* The message body must be empty.

A contact file may contain any of the following case-insensitive fields
and any field beginning with "x-" or "X-".

    Name of a person, mailing list, organization, &c.
    Same as "name", but used when "name" isn't acceptable for the output
    format because it is in a different alphabet
    Telephone number
    Email address
    News feed address, like for an RSS or Atom feed
    Website address
    Postal address

bguo will report an error if any other field is present.
Fields marked with "\*" may be included multiple times;
other fields may be included only once.

Install ::

    pip3 install bguo

The Seltzer importer has a special dependency. If you need the Seltzer
importer, install like this in order to ensure that the dependency is met.

    pip3 install 'bguo[seltzer]'

Help ::

    bguo -h

Examples are distributed with the package, in the "examples" directory.
pip downloads the package, but you can download the package
`from PyPI <>`_, and you can download
the development version
`from <>`_.

Here is how you can download the development version and run the examples. ::
    tar xzf bguo.tar.gz
    cd bguo/examples
    make clean

I personally use only one bguo contacts directory, so I configure shell
completions to complete contacts in that directory. ::

    complete bguo p/1

Supported formats
bguo supports only the formats that I (`Tom <>`_) have used.
Let's separate the formats into two groups. The first group of formats
is for specific integrations with other software.

    `Konftel 300IP <>`_ phonebook file
    `MH <>`_ aliases file
    `Mutt <>`_ ``alias_file``
    `Newsbeuter <>`_ ``~/.newsbeuter/urls``
    `Seltzer CRM <>`_ member listing (``/?q=members``)
    ` <>`_ phonebook export

The second group is generic exports that could be helpful for making
your own exports.

python (the default)
    Python string representation, as a list of dicts, one dict per contact
    Your own format, specified as a Python
    `format string <>`_,
    using the fields that you can check with the ``bguo format`` subcommand

The format arguments include all of the raw fields from the contact file
format (name, name-latin, &c.) and the following derived fields.

    Phone number from the "phone" field with non-numeric characters removed
    Postal address from the "post" field formatted for inclusion on a
    letter, with the contact's name or identifier and with slashes
    replaced by line breaks.

For most of these formats, only the import or the export is supported,
not both. This is summarized in the table below.

============= ====== ======
Format        Import Export
============= ====== ======
Konftel       No     Yes
MH            Yes    Yes
Mutt          Yes    Yes
Newsbeuter    Yes    Yes
Seltzer       Yes    No       Yes    No
------------- ------ ------
Python        No     Yes
Custom        No     Yes
============= ====== ======

For imports, command-line program expects that you are converting from
only one format to bguo. To merge multiple formats during an export,
write a custom merging program with the functions in ``bguo.parse``.
I did this once with email addresses (MH) and phone numbers (VoIP.MS);
see ``examples/``.

Export workflow
Let us categorize exports into two types.

1. STDOUT is sent to a configuration file.
2. STDOUT is sent directly to another program.

An example of the former type is the MH format; I run a command like this,
and my contacts are made available when I am composing emails. ::

    bguo export ./my-contacts mh > ~/mh/aliases

An example of the latter type is connecting the generic phone number
export to a Session Initicialization Protocol (SIP) client; I can call
myself with the following command.

    pjsua "$(bguo export ./thomas.levine custom 'sip:{phone-numeric}')"