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lbdbq - query program for the little brother's database


lbdbq something
lbdbq [-v|--version|-h|--help]


lbdbq is the client program for the little brother's database. It will attempt to invoke
various modules to gather information about persons matching something. E.g., it may look
at a list of addresses from which you have received mail, it may look at YP maps, or it
may try to finger something@<various hosts>.

The behavior is configurable: Upon startup, lbdbq will source the shell scripts:
if they exist.

They can be used to set the following global variables:

a space separated list of directories, where lbdbq should look for modules.

a space separated list of the modules to use.

If you set this to false or no, lbdbq won't sort the addresses but returns them in
reverse order (which means that the most recent address in m_inmail database is
first). If you set this to name, lbdbq sorts the output by real name. If you set
this to comment, it sort the output by the comment (for example the date in
m_inmail). reverse_comment realizes the same as comment, but in reverse order, so
the most recent timestamp of m_inmail may be on top. If you set SORT_OUTPUT to
address, lbdbq sorts the output by addresses (that's the default).

If you set this to true or yes, lbdbq won't remove duplicate addresses with
different real name comment fields.

Note that there are defaults, so you should most probably modify these variables using
constructs like this:

Additionally, modules may have configuration variables of their own.


Currently, the following modules are supplied with lbdb:

This module will use finger to find out something more about a person. The list of
hosts do be asked is configurable; use the M_FINGER_HOSTS variable. Note that
"localhost" will mean an invocation of your local finger(1) binary, and should thus
work even if you don't provide the finger service to the network. m_finger tries
to find out the machines mail domain name in /etc/mailname, by parsing a
sendmail.cf file (if it finds one) and by reading /etc/hostname and /etc/HOSTNAME.
If you know that this fails on your machine, or you want to force lbdbq to consider
some other name to be the local mail domain name (misconfigured SUNs come to mind
here), you can specify a name using the MAIL_DOMAIN_NAME variable. If this variable
is set by you, no probing will be done by lbdbq.

This module will look up user name fragments in a list of mail addresses created by

This module searches for matching entries in your local /etc/passwd file. It
evaluates the local machine mail domain in the same way m_finger does. If you set
PASSWD_IGNORESYS=true, this module ignores all system accounts and only finds UIDs
between 1000 and 29999 (all other UIDs are reserved on a Debian system).

This module searches for matching entries in the NIS password database using the
command ``ypcat passwd''.

This module searches for matching entries in the NIS+ password database using the
command ``niscat passwd.org_dir''.

This module searches for matching entries in whatever password database is
configured using the command ``getent passwd''.

m_pgp2, m_pgp5, m_gpg
These modules scan your PGP 2.*, PGP 5.* or GnuPG public key ring for data. They
use the programs pgp(1), pgpk(1), or gpg(1) to get the data.

m_fido This module searches your Fido nodelist, stored in $HOME/.lbdb/nodelist created by

This module uses the program abook(1), a text based address book application to
search for addresses. You can define multiple abook address books by setting the
variable ABOOK_FILES to a space separated list.

This module uses the program addr-email(1), a text based frontend to the Tk
addressbook(1) application.

This module searches the variable MUTTALIAS_FILES (a space separated list) of files
in MUTT_DIRECTORY that contain mutt aliases. File names without leading slash will
have MUTT_DIRECTORY (defaults to $HOME/.mutt or $HOME, if $HOME/.mutt does not
exist) prepended before the file name. Absolute file names (beginning with /) will
be taken direct.

m_pine This module searches pine(1) addressbook files for aliases. To realize this it
first inspects the variable PINERC. If it isn't set, the default `/etc/pine.conf
/etc/pine.conf.fixed .pinerc' is used. To suppress inspecting the PINERC variable,
set it to no. It than takes all address-book and global-address-book entries from
these pinerc files and adds the contents of the variable PINE_ADDRESSBOOKS to the
list, which defaults to `/etc/addressbook .addressbook'. Then these addressbooks
are searched for aliases. All filenames without leading slash are searched in

m_palm This module searches the Palm address database using the Palm::PDB(3pm) and
Palm::Address(3pm) Perl modules from CPAN. It searches in the variable
PALM_ADDRESS_DATABASE or if this isn't set in $HOME/.jpilot/AddressDB.pdb.

This module searches for addresses in your GnomeCard database files. The variable
GNOMECARD_FILES is a whitespace separated list of GnomeCard data files. If this
variable isn't defined, the module searches in $HOME/.gnome/GnomeCard for the
GnomeCard database or at least falls back to $HOME/.gnome/GnomeCard.gcrd. If a
filename does not start with a slash, it is prefixed with $HOME/.

m_bbdb This module searches for addresses in your (X)Emacs BBDB (big brother database).
It doesn't access ~/.bbdb directly (yet) but calls emacs(1) or xemacs(1) with a
special mode to get the information (so don't expect too much performance in this
module). You can configure the EMACS variable to tell this module which emacsen to
use. Otherwise it will fall back to emacs or xemacs.

m_ldap This module queries an LDAP server using the Net::LDAP(3pm) Perl modules from CPAN.
It can be configured using an external resource file /etc/lbdb_ldap.rc or
$HOME/.lbdb/ldap.rc or $HOME/.mutt_ldap_query.rc. You can explicitly define a LDAP
query in this file or you can use one or more of the predefined queries from the
%ldap_server_db in this file. For this you have to define a space separated list
of nicknames from entries in the variable LDAP_NICKS.

This module searches for addresses stored in your $WANDERLUST_ADDRESSES (or by
default in $HOME/.addresses) file, an addressbook of WanderLust.

This module queries the OS X AddressBook. It is only available on OS X systems.

This module queries the Ximian Evolution address book. It depends on the program
evolution-addressbook-export, which is shipped with evolution.

m_vcf This module uses libvformat to search for addresses from the space-separated set of
vCard files defined in $VCF_FILES.

Feel free to create your own modules to query other database resources, YP maps, and the
like. m_finger should be a good example of how to do it.

If you create your own modules or have other changes and feel that they could be helpful
for others, don't hesitate to submit them to the author for inclusion in later releases.

Finally, to use lbdbq from mutt, add the following line to your $HOME/.muttrc:
set query_command="lbdbq %s"


-v | --version
Print version number of lbdbq.

-h | --help
Print short help of lbdbq.

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