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contacts.db -- what to do with it?

asked 2017-06-13 13:49:01 +0200

NikosAlexandris gravatar image

updated 2017-08-25 12:03:44 +0200

There are various references to copy the contents of /home/nemo/.local/share/system/privileged/Contacts/qtcontacts-sqlite/.

The question is what to do with them? Copy all of the files, or just contacts.db back in the same directory in attempting to re-import contacts, in a newly installed, and updated, system?

Or, is there another way to export vcf files out of the SQLite db (outside from SOFS' environment, i.e. in some Linux distro).

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A bump! Would anyone know how to deal with this?

NikosAlexandris ( 2017-10-17 11:06:27 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-06-13 14:23:19 +0200

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Hi Nikos,

I would suggest to copy all the folder. There is a command to stop the Contacts Service first - I don't remember it, it exists in the forum here. Copying back the directory after factory reset it will restore all contacts as they were.

From my personal experience export / import backup of Contacts did not work well, especially if you have contacts that contain non-latin letters. The best for me was to copy the directory. That worked also with communications history and messages directory

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Interesting what you experienced -- I thought the "right" way is to export (from the data bases) and import back (using tools, i.e. the commhistory-tools). I will check and report back.

NikosAlexandris ( 2017-06-13 17:05:36 +0200 )edit

Does not work for me. Tried two times, contactsd.servive stopped before doing anything and rebooted after moving the related db files in the directory of interest.

NikosAlexandris ( 2017-06-14 01:50:53 +0200 )edit

did you check file / path permissions ? I will make a test and let you know

nath ( 2017-06-14 09:44:01 +0200 )edit

Yes, file permissions checked, thrice.

NikosAlexandris ( 2017-06-28 16:18:00 +0200 )edit

Any other hints? I still did not manage to get it working? Is there really no way to export the contacts as vcf files directly from contacts.db?

NikosAlexandris ( 2017-08-25 12:02:44 +0200 )edit
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