LDAP: Using EvolutionPerson entries in Thunderbird

I am using a central LDAP server to manage my address book. After some investigations, I settled with evolutionPerson as schema for addressbook entries and edit the persons in the address book with Evolution, sometimes with JXplorer.

Many applications in my home network consume the entries: Claws Mail, Thunderbird, some custom scripts and even the radios.

Better Thunderbird integration

Mozilla Thunderbird's address book invented its own LDAP schema, mozillaAbPersonAlpha .

Fortunately, Thunderbird lets you change how LDAP fields are mapped to the addressbook fields !

I had some fun (non-working address book) while configuring it (Preferences / Advanced / Editor). This are the settings I had to change to get nearly all information into the Thunderbird address book.

ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.NickName
    mozillaNickname,xmozillanickname,fileAs

ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.PagerNumber
    pager,pagerphone,otherPhone

ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.FaxNumber
   facsimiletelephonenumber,fax,homeFacsimileTelephoneNumber

ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.HomeAddress
    mozillaHomeStreet,homePostalAddress

ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.WorkAddress
    street,streetaddress,postOfficeBox,postalAddress

ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.WorkAddress2
    mozillaWorkStreet2,roomNumber

ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.JobTitle
     title,businessRole

ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.Notes
    description,notes,note

ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.Custom1
     mozillaCustom1,custom1,birthDate

ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.Custom2
     mozillaCustom2,custom2,anniversary

ldap_2.servers.default.attrmap.Custom3
     mozillaCustom3,custom3,spouseName
  

Note that address fields (separated with $) are not exploded - but they are at least visible. Multi-value fields like mail are not supported. Thunderbird will display only the first value.

Written by Christian Weiske.

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