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BBDB::Export
export data from The Insidious Big Brother Database.

BBDB::Export - export data from The Insidious Big Brother Database.


NAME

BBDB::Export - export data from The Insidious Big Brother Database.


SYNOPSIS


  use BBDB::Export;

  # export to LDIF

  my $exporter = BBDB::Export::LDIF->new(

                                         {

                                          bbdb_file   => "/path/to/.bbdb",

                                          output_file => "export.ldif",

                                          dc          => "dc=geekfarm, dc=org",

                                         }

                                          );

  $exporter->export();

  # sync with ldap via ldapadd and ldapdelete

  my $exporter = BBDB::Export::LDAP->new(

                                         {

                                          bbdb_file   => "/path/to/.bbdb",

                                          output_file => "/tmp/tempfile",

                                          dc          => "dc=geekfarm, dc=org",

                                          ldappass    => "supersecret",

                                         }

                                          );

  $exporter->export();

  # export to vcards

  my $exporter = BBDB::Export::vCard->new(

                                          {

                                           bbdb_file   => "/path/to/.bbdb",

                                           output_dir  => "/some/path/",

                                          }

                                           );

  $exporter->export();

  # create .mail_aliases

  my $exporter = BBDB::Export::MailAliases->new(

                                                {

                                                 bbdb_file   => "/path/to/.bbdb",

                                                 output_file => ".mail_aliases",

                                                }

                                                 );

  $exporter->export();


DESCRIPTION

This module was designed to export to your bbdb data to a wide array of formats, and also to make it easy to write new modules to export to new formats. Current export options include building an LDIF, vCard, or .mail_aliases, and automatically updating an ldap server.

For a fully functional command line converter, see the bbdb-export script that comes with this module.

BBDB::Export should not be used directly. Use any of the available subclasses using the examples above. For more examples of using BBDB::Export, see the test cases.


EXTENDING

When writing a new class, you can define the following subroutines:

get_record_hash
given a record hash, create or modify any keys and values that are needed to export your data. If the fields already provided are sufficient, you don't need to define this method. If you do define this method, you'll need to call this method from the superclass first, e.g.

    my ( $self, $record ) = @_;

    $record = $self->SUPER::get_record_hash( $record );

process_record
given a record hash, generate exported data. Also perform any per-record actions. For example, if you are creating one export file per record, write the current record to a file in this method.

post_processing
run any processing that needs to be done after all records have been processed. For example, if you are creating one file containing all records, write the file in this method.


SEE ALSO

- bbdb - an emacs mode for managing information about contacts

- BBDB - perl module for parsing bbdb data files.

- OpenLDAP - open source ldap implementation

- http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2003/03/27/ldap_ab.html - how to set up ldap.

- http://www.geekfarm.org - bbdb2ldap.

- PlannerMode - also on geekfarm. A module for exporting emacs todo lists and schedule info to other clients including palm.


AUTHOR


 wu <VVu@geekfarm.org>


COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

Copyright (c) 2005, VVu@geekfarm.org All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

- Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

- Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

- Neither the name of the geekfarm.org nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

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