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Mail won't import LDIF addresses

Posted on 2003-11-28
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I am trying to import my address book from comcast.net into Mail.  The Comcast.net website does have an LDIF export function.  I downloaded the LDIF file but when I import it into Mail, a screen appears to 1/100 of a second (too fast to read) and nothing else happens.  I have tried dragging the LDIF file and dropping into Mail, but get the same result.  I am using OS 10.2.8 and Mail 1.2.5.  The LDIF file looks something like this when I open it with Text Edit:

givenname:  Fred
sn:  Jones
mail:  fredjones@xyz.com

Any idea why I cannot get the addresses to import or suggestions on what else to try?
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Question by:Quackerback
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by:weed
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You dont import addresses into Mail, you import them into the Address Book app. Open the Address book, File>Import>LDIF. The Import in Mail is for importing mailboxes, not addresses.
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by:Quackerback
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I'm sorry, that is what I am doing.  I said Mail but meant Address book.  I was thinking Mail because it is the e-mail addresses I am after.  In Address book I went to File>Import>LDIF, selected the LDIF file I downloaded from Comcast.net and nothing happens other than the box that flashes onto the screen and disappears.  (I think it says something about importing.)
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Try getting a Tab delim'd file from comcast and use Address Book Importer from versiontracker.com
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by:Quackerback
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Comcast doesn't do tab delimited but I was able to take a CSV file, open it in Excel and then save it as tab delimited.  Worked like a charm from there!
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