Thunderbird to Phone Sync
This HOWTO was submitted by Gerd Bavendiek via email.
With a lot of help from Patrick I finally was able to "sync" my addressbook and my calendar from Thunderbird to my Nokia.
This is a "half duplex" sync only. Items changed on the phone do not appear in TB. As I do not use my phone to create new events this is no problem for me.
I wrapped everything up in a simple script my-sync-tb2nokia.
Running Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric, I installed syncevolution via apt-get. There is a newer version available, see the installation page.
syncevolution will utilize at least e-addressbook-factory and e-calendar-factory, which (in Oneiric) comes with the package
lulu:/home/bav$ dpkg -l evolution-data-server ... ii evolution-data-server 3.2.1-0ubuntu1 evolution database backend server
(I tested syncevolution in Natty with an older evolution-data-server without success).
AFAIK syncevolution holds its configuration data in ~/.config/syncevolution and synced data in ~/.cache/syncevolution.
If you ever tried out the software and want to start over, it may be a good idea to remove these directories. So I did:
lulu:/home/bav$ rm -rf ~/.config/syncevolution ~/.cache/syncevolution
I then ran hcitool to scan for bluetooth devices with my phone within reach:
lulu:/home/bav$ hcitool scan Scanning ... C8:97:9F:A0:10:A5 Nokia E66
I then configured syncevolution like so:
lulu:/home/bav$ syncevolution --configure \ --template Nokia_N900 \ --sync-property syncURL=obex-bt://C8:97:9F:A0:10:A5 e66
See the phone + bluetooth instructions for the background.
You now should export the Thunderbird addressbook. Be sure to create a vcf-file (TODO MoreFunctionsForAddressbook must be used to achieve this, as Thunderbird only exports LDIF or CSV). Then export your calendar. Be sure to create a ics-file.
With Bluetooth switched on and the Nokia around you now may run the mentioned script:
lulu:/home/bav$ my-sync-tb2nokia Home.vcf Home.ics e66
The script will check your configuration and create directories needed in $HOME/.local/share/evolution. If everything seems to be fine, it will overwrite a task list in $HOME/.local/share/evolution/tasks/system/tasks.ics with an empty task list. I currently do not care about task lists.
Next step is to create a $HOME/.local/share/evolution/calendar/system/calendar.ics from your exported Thunderbird calendar.
my-sync-tb2nokia will then use syncevolution to delete items in $HOME/.local/share/evolution/addressbook/system/addressbook.db and to create new contents using your exported Thunderbird addressbook.
Finally my-sync-tb2nokia will run syncevolution with the provided configuration name, e66 in my case.
syncevolution will give you a clear feedback then.