[Users] can't read adressbook index

Paul claws at thewildbeast.co.uk
Wed Jan 22 10:02:08 CET 2014

On Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:16:39 +0100
<moonkid at posteo.org> wrote: 

> What went wrong? 

Don't know.

> Can I fix it? 

Probably, yes.

> Can I bring the book back?

Probably, yes.

If you've not quit Claws since discovering this problem then you will
have a backup file of the previous addressbook index file. Copy this
somewhere safe before quitting Claws, the file is
~/.claws-mail/addrbook/addrbook--index.xml.bak. Then quit Claws, and
move it back, but rename it by dropping the .bak suffix, i.e.

The alternative is to recreate the index file manually.

Quit Claws, and then open ~/.claws-mail/addrbook/addrbook--index.xml
in your text editor.

It's a simple format:


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
    <book name="Common Addresses" file="addrbook-000001.xml" />
    <book name="Personal Addresses" file="addrbook-000002.xml" />


Add items in the <book_list></book_list> block, such as

<book name="Some Addresses" file="addrbook-000002.xml" />

Where 'file' refers a file in ~/.claws-mail/addrbook/ and 'name'
matches the "<address-book name="Some Addresses" >" field in that

with regards


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