Re: [dev] Cataloging of contacts

From: hiro <>
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2016 21:25:06 +0100

just sell them to some spam company, then harvest them again later

On 11/9/16, Jean Louis <> wrote:
> It's good to start tracking people. I've made this decision long time
> ago, today I have 64000+ contacts in the PostgreSQL database, and
> making money on it. It is certainly not a suckless approach.
> As for simple, approach, if you are using directories for contacts,
> why not use simply files for phones, or even directories for phones,
> emails, addresses. That way you could have multiple phones in ./phone
> directory as example.
> Any interface, like web, some GUI or console could have access to such
> file system database.
> CRM on my side is process of using emails. All emails of customers are
> in the directories, like ./Maildir/ (using mutt).
> If I wish to see all emails of somebody:
> 1) in console: emailsof runs mutt like mutt -f
> ~/Maildir/ -- this way I can see all emails
> relating to the contact
> 2) I was using ~/Maildir/ directory,
> where all belonging files were inside. It is possible to connect
> Maildir directory to other data of the contact, but it is a limited
> approach, as people have multiple emails, but unique IDs in some
> database.
> 3) I have made directories in special location, that is taking unique
> IDs from PostgreSQL database, like ./By-IDs and ./By-Name, so the ID
> directories contain files of contacts, like licenses, documents,
> etc. sorted. And By-Name contain symlinks to the IDs. That way I am
> sorting belonging files to each other. It is possible to symlink
> Maildirs, belonging to contact into such directories.
> 4) While mostly using Mutt, I made some shortcuts, to quickly open all
> emails of contact, or to add contact to a group, or to subscribe it to
> some mailing list in a second, add a skill to contact, mark the
> contact in the database or assign TODO with a single click (taking
> subject and contact), or just by using Esc-o to open the file of the
> contact in a browser, reviewing his/her picture or image, phones,
> notes, etc. I wish to make it all in console in future.
> I know it is not as suckless approach, it is working well on my side.
> Jean Louis
> On Wed, Nov 09, 2016 at 07:36:22PM +0000, Thomas Levine wrote:
>> I want to keep track of some information about people, and I have an
>> idea of what I want the user interface to be like. Perhaps is there
>> already something close to what I want?
>> I want to record the following information about each contact.
>> * Name
>> * Phone number
>> * Email address
>> * Postal address
>> I want each contact to have its own file. I will put all of the
>> contacts' files in a directory tree. I can look up contacts by filename
>> or with a search. (grep will probably be fine.) The software would do
>> the following.
>> * Check that I have formatted the contacts' files properly.
>> * Convert into formats for other programs (my email client, notably)
>> If I don't get any other ideas, I will probably write something that
>> uses vCard as the format. vCard is nice because search engines (like
>> recoll) will likely recognize it. The main thing I'm wondering is
>> whether there is a nicer format that vCard.
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