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Hello everyone,

we're having a user with the following problem. When he opens his address book in Eudora, he gets the following error message:

Invalid address. Quotes and/ord parentheses don't match.

I already searched a bit on the net, but didn't find anything till now. Does someone has an idea?

Thanx,
Jvuz
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The Eudora address book is a simple text file that you will find in the data directory with the inbox etc. It is either called nndbase.txt or nndbase.nnt
The format is pretty simple as you will see when you look at it.

You can open this file with a text editor such as Notepad.
With notepad you will have to do a manual search looking for the invalid address. Eudora is complaining that one of the pair (either opening or closing) of " or < or ( is missing.

Remember an email address can look like:
"Big Jim" (the killer) <bgim@example.com>

If the address book is huge, then save it, divide the original in two and try again i.e. do a binary divide until Eudora stops complaining - you should be able to reduce the problem to a manageable size that way. This begs the question as to how the invalid address got in there in the first place.

You can ignore the nndbase.toc, Eudora will rebuild that.
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Jvuz, did you look at the address book file? Here is a snippet from mine:

alias "Mills A Boon" (for non-readers) MillsNBoon@soppybook.com
note "Mills A Boon" <last:Boon><first:Mills A><name:Mills A Boon>

I suspect any of the quotes or brackets missing will lead Eudora to complain.
On the latest version of Eudora (7.1.0.9) the error window tells you the offending entry which you need to edit.
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OOPs forgot... I suppose that it does not need said, but ensure that Eudora is closed whilst you are editing the address book file.
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Apparantly removing the TOC file, did the trick. Thanx,

Jvuz
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