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Migrating LDAP data and Outlook VCards to citadel

 - by Larry Ives
  * note that in case of Outlook Express you might need to go
    via http://kb.mozillazine.org/Thunderbird_:_FAQs_:_Migrate_from_Outlook_Express
  * Importing my 2800+ LDAP/ldif contacts from my LDAP server into Global Address Book.
  * Migrating my Outlook user's personal contacts into their My folder/Contacts.

Credits - Thanks to D. Scott Barninger for his perl module which converts ldif
to vcard. http://www.barninger.com/ldif_to_vcard ... Thanks to IGnatius T Foobar and
dotherbart for coaching me and pointing me in the right direction. Also thanks to
the coder(s) of the ctdlphp sample application for hint on the proper use of
ENT0 and the Content-type. (refer to Citadel Support - search for ctdlphp)

Solution - I used a combination of slapcat, Thunderbird, and perl to export and
import the records.

LDAP migration - used slapcat to export my LDAP addresses. Used Barninger's perl
script to convert them to vcard format. Use my script to import them. BTW, use the
script I wrote at your own risk. I installed a test environment of Citadel on a
Debian platform to do the testing. My perl script is real down and dirty and only
does the one thing, imports vcards into Citadel. (the script is listed at the bottom
of this note)

Outlook migration - use Thunderbird to import your Outlook contacts and then export
them to ldif format then use Barninger's perl script to convert to vcard and my perl
script to import them into Citadel Personal Folder/Contacts.

The script - You will need to get the Net::Telnet module and all of it's dependencies.
Simply change the variables in lines 8 through 11 to suite your desires. Also make
sure the last line of the import file is not a blank line. It will still work with the
blank line but will hang until the Telnet session times out.

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
use strict;
use Net::Telnet ();

my ($s);
my $t = new Net::Telnet;

my $user = 'admin';
my $pass = 'xxxxxxxx';
my $fl = 'vcard';
my $target = 'Global Address Book';

$t->open(Host => 'localhost', Port => 504);
$s = $t->getline;
$t->print("USER $user");
$s = $t->getline;
$t->print("PASS $pass");
$s = $t->getline;
$t->print("GOTO $target");
$s = $t->getline;

$t->print('ENT0 1|||4');
$s = $t->getline;
$t->print('Content-type: text/x-vcard; charset=UTF-8');

open(IN, "<$fl");
while ()
 if (/^$/)
  $t->print('ENT0 1|||4');
  $s = $t->getline;
  $t->print('Content-type: text/x-vcard; charset=UTF-8');
  if (/FN:/)
   my @name = split(/:/,$_);
   print "Adding $name[1]";



Exporting Citadel's Global Address Book to a Outlook contact file(.pst)

- by Danboid
First, lets create a folder to contain the vcard files:

  mkdir ~/contacts

Change directory into the folder you just created:
  cd ~/contacts

If you haven't already done so, you will need to have cadaver groupdav client installed
to download the vcards like so, replacing // with the address of
your citadel server:
cd "Global Address Book"
mget *
Now you should have as many vcard files as users on your Citadel system contained
within ~/contacts. Next we need to combine all these vcards into one .vcf file because
.vcf files can store multiple entries but kaddressbook can only import one .vcf at
a time. While you are still in the contacts folder, run:
cat * > contacts.vcf
If you don't already have kaddressbook installed, install it now. kaddressbook is
part of the KDEPIM (Personal Information Management) suite of applications and is
totally free. Use its 'Import Vcard' menu option to import your contacts.vcf file
then export your contacts to a .csv file that we'll call 'unixcontacts.csv'. We have
named it so because this is a unix formatted text (.csv) file which Outlook will
choke on if you try importing it in its current state so our next command converts
unixcontacts.csv into a Windows/ Outlook friendly contacts.csv file:
  awk 'sub("$", "\r")' unixcontacts.csv > contacts.csv
Once you have your Windows- formatted contacts.csv file, you can copy this to your
Outlook machine and start Outlook's 'Import and Export' wizard. First choose 'Import
from another program or file' then 'Comma Separated Values (Windows)'. Point it towards
your contacts.csv file and tell it to place the new Contacts in your Outlook Contacts
Personal Folder. On the next screen ('Import a file') you must click 'Map Custom Fields'
as otherwise Outlook will not extract the csv data correctly. If you look at the
contacts.csv file under a text editor or spreadsheet you will see there are many unused
columns of data so we only need to make sure the ones that have been used get mapped.
With the csv column names on the left and Outlook contact details on the right, I mapped
the csv data like so:
Formatted Name | Name / First Name
Honorific Prefixes | Name / Title
Home Phone | Other Address / Home Phone
Business Phone | Other Address / Business Phone
Email Address | Email / Email-Address
After mapping all the custom fields you require (which may well be more than I've
listed above) you should have all your Citadel contacts imported into Outlook and so
exporting them to a .pst is now as simple as using 'Export to a file' under the Import
and Export wizard, which is a self- explanatory process.
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