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\input texinfo  @c -*-texinfo-*-
@c %**start of header
@setfilename bbdb.info
@settitle Insidious Big Brother Database User Manual
@c %**end of header

@c
@c bbdb.texinfo,v 1.20 1998/11/02 07:17:36 simmonmt Exp
@c
@c bbdb.texinfo,v
@c Revision 1.20  1998/11/02 07:17:36  simmonmt
@c Correct escaping of mailing list address
@c
@c Revision 1.19  1998/11/02 07:08:41  simmonmt
@c Change mailing list address
@c
@c Revision 1.18  1998/04/11 07:36:10  simmonmt
@c Added EOL list, EOL'd advertized-bbdb-delete-current-field-or-record
@c and GNUS support.  Documented new bindings in *BBDB* buffer.
@c
@c Revision 1.17  1998/03/13 10:17:18  simmonmt
@c This is for version 2.00
@c
@c Revision 1.16  1998/03/10 07:46:43  simmonmt
@c Finished revision
@c
@c Revision 1.16  1998/03/10 07:46:43  simmonmt
@c Finished revision
@c
@c Revision 1.15  1998/02/23 06:59:17  simmonmt
@c Almost finished doc rewrite
@c
@c Revision 1.14  1998/01/06 06:53:22  simmonmt
@c Changed to `setq' to `add-hook' in setup instructions.  Added to
@c Internals section.
@c
@c Revision 1.13  1997/12/01 14:51:57  simmonmt
@c Documented new startup procedure
@c
@c Revision 1.12  1997/12/01 05:23:09  simmonmt
@c Removed `BBDB database' per jwz, added prerequisites section, more
@c description of special fields, and dissection of record format in
@c internals section
@c
@c Revision 1.11  1997/11/02 06:31:00  simmonmt
@c Rewrite Part 2 (through MUA-specific features)
@c
@c Revision 1.10  1997/10/26 05:17:56  simmonmt
@c Rewrite part 1
@c
@c
@c

@ifinfo
This file documents the Insidious Big Brother Database

This is edition 1.20 of the BBDB User Manual for BBDB version 2.00.03.

Copyright (c) 1991-1994 Jamie Zawinski <jwz@@jwz.org>
Copyright (c) 1997-1998 Matt Simmons <simmonmt@@acm.org>
@end ifinfo

@titlepage
@title BBDB User Manual
@subtitle A phone number and address database program for Emacs
@subtitle Edition 1.20, 1998/11/02 07:17:36

@author by Jamie Zawinski and Matt Simmons
@page
Copyright @copyright{} 1991-1994 Jamie Zawinski <jwz@@jwz.org>

Copyright @copyright{} 1997-1998 Matt Simmons <simmonmt@@acm.org>

@sp 2
This is edition 1.20 of the @cite{BBDB User Manual} for BBDB
version 2.00, 1998/11/02 07:17:36.@refill

@sp 2

Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this
manual provided the copyright notice and this permission notice are
preserved on fnord all copies.

Permission is granted to copy and distribute modified versions of
this manual under the conditions for verbatim copying, provided that
the entire resulting derived work is distributed under the terms of a
permission notice identical to this one.

Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of this
manual into another language, under the above conditions for modified
versions, except that this permission notice may be stated in a
translation approved by the author.

@end titlepage
@page

@node Top, Installation,,_
@chapter BBDB

@b{BBDB} is a rolodex-like database program for GNU Emacs.  @b{BBDB} stands 
for @b{@i{Insidious Big Brother Database}}, and is not, repeat, @emph{not} an
obscure reference to the Buck Rogers TV series.

It provides the following features:

@itemize @bullet
@item
Integration with mail and news readers, with little or no
interaction by the user: @refill

@itemize @bullet
@item
easy (or automatic) display of the record corresponding to the sender of
the current message; @refill

@item
automatic creation of records based on the contents of the current
message; @refill

@item
automatic addition of data to arbitrary fields of the record
corresponding to the sender of the current message. @refill
@end itemize

@item
Listing all records which match a regular expression;

@item
Listing all records which match a regular expression in a particular
field (@samp{company} or @samp{notes,} for example); @refill
@end itemize

@menu
* Installation::		Installation
* The BBDB::		        Overview
* BBDB Mode::			BBDB Mode
* Interfaces::			Interfaces to various readers
* Reader-specific Features::    Features only available to specific readers
* Other Packages::              Using the BBDB with other packages
* Options::			Options
* Utilities::                   Utilities
* Internals::                   BBDB Internals
* Mailing Lists::		The BBDB mailing lists
* Changes::                     New in this version
* The Latest Version::		Where to Get It
* The Future::                  Known Bugs, the TODO list and EOL statements
* Thanks::			to the Ministry of Bugs

* Concept Index::		Concept Index
* Variable Index::		Variable Index
@end menu

@node Installation, The BBDB, Top, Top
@section Installation
@cindex Installation
@cindex Makefile

This program consists of several groups of files, organized by
directory:

@ifinfo
@example
     lisp     - the main program code for the @b{BBDB}
     tex      - TeX support files for @xref{bbdb-print}, the @b{BBDB}
                printing utility
     texinfo  - the documentation files for the @b{BBDB}
     utils    - miscellaneous external utility programs
@end example
@end ifinfo
@iftex
@bgroup@tableindent=1.5in
@table @b
@item lisp
the main program code for the BBDB
@item tex
@TeX@ support files for bbdb-print, the BBDB printing utility
@item texinfo
the documentation files for the BBDB
@item utils
miscellaneous external utility programs
@end table
@egroup
@end iftex

@menu
* General Prerequisites::       General @b{BBDB} requirements

File Installation
* Normal User::                 "Normal" Installations
* XEmacs Package::              Installing as an XEmacs package

Initial Configuration
* Initial Configuration::       How to initially set up the @b{BBDB}
@end menu

@node General Prerequisites, Normal User, Installation, Installation
@subsection General Prerequisites

Various parts of the @b{BBDB} require extra packages to be available
that are not part of the @b{BBDB} distribution.  Please note that with
one exception no extra packages (beyond those which ship with both GNU
Emacs and XEmacs) are required for the use of @b{BBDB} core
functionality.@footnote{"Core Functionality" is defined as the parts of
the @b{BBDB} used to implement basic record creation (@samp{M-x
bbdb-create}) and searching (@samp{M-x bbdb}).}  This one exception
applies to XEmacs 20.5 users - the @code{xemacs-base} package must be
installed for the correct operation of the core @b{BBDB} functionality.
The table below lists the requirements of the various portions of the
@b{BBDB}.  Please note that the absence of any of the below optional
packages will not affect core @b{BBDB} functionality.

@multitable {bbdb-r eportmail } {Package needed} {GNU 19.34} {GNU 20.2} {XEmacs} {XEmacs}
@item @* BBDB file
@tab @* Package needed
@tab @* GNU 19.34
@tab @* GNU 20.2
@tab XEmacs@* @center >=20.4
@tab XEmacs@* @center 20.5

@item @code{bbdb-ftp}
@tab EFS or @* Ange-FTP
@tab @center B
@tab @center B
@tab @center B
@tab @center P

@item @code{bbdb-gnus}
@tab Gnus[1]
@tab @center B
@tab @center B
@tab @center B
@tab @center P

@item @code{bbdb-mhe}
@tab MH-E
@tab @center B
@tab @center B
@tab @center B
@tab @center P

@item @code{bbdb-reportmail}
@tab Reportmail
@tab 
@tab 
@tab @center B
@tab @center P[2]

@item @code{bbdb-sc}
@tab Supercite
@tab @center B
@tab 
@tab @center B
@tab @center P

@item @code{bbdb-srv}
@tab @code{gnuserv} and @* @code{itimer}
@tab 
@tab 
@tab @center B
@tab @center B

@item @code{bbdb-vm}
@tab VM
@tab 
@tab 
@tab @center B
@tab @center P

@item @code{bbdb-w3}
@tab @code{browse-url}
@tab @center B
@tab @center B
@tab @center B
@tab @center P[3]
@end multitable

@* @noindent @b{NOTES:}
@enumerate
@item The three year old GNUS mail/newsreader should still
work.  Please keep in mind that you have a relatively recent Emacs (GNU
19.34 or later, XEmacs 19.15 or later), you are probably using Gnus.
@item As of this writing, Reportmail is available as
part of the @code{edit-utils} package.
@item As of this writing, @code{browse-url} is
available as part of the @code{mail-lib} package.
@end enumerate

Please also note that the XEmacs package locations are as of this
writing.  As the XEmacs 20.5 package system is still in development, the 
locations may change without warning.

@node Normal User, XEmacs Package, General Prerequisites, Installation
@subsection Normal User Installation
@cindex Normal User Installation

@subheading Byte Compiling the Lisp files

First, you need to byte-compile the appropriate @b{BBDB} Lisp files.
While this is in theory an optional step, it is virtually required in
practice due to speed reasons.

In order to successfully compile the @b{BBDB}, the build process needs
to know the location of the various optional packages.  If the
directories containing these optional packages are in the default Emacs
search path (the @code{load-path} variable), no other changes need be
made for the build process to complete successfully.

If the optional packages are not in the default search path, the build
process will not find them unless explicitly told of their location(s).
To tell the build process where to find Gnus, MH-E, and/or VM, set the
@code{GNUSDIR}, @code{MHEDIR}, and/or @code{VMDIR} variables,
respectively, in @file{Makefile}.  To tell the build process where
to find any other package(s), add the directories containing the lisp
files for the package(s) to the @code{OTHERDIR} variable in
@file{Makefile}.  If multiple directories are to be added, they should
be separated by spaces, and should @b{not} be quoted.  For example, to
add the @file{/p/local/elisp/footnote} and @file{/p/local/elisp/sc}
directories, set @code{OTHERDIR} as follows:

@example
    @code{OTHERDIR=/p/local/elisp/footnote /p/local/elisp/sc}
@end example

After setting the paths (if necessary), run one of the following commands:

@ifinfo
@example
     @code{make bbdb}  - Build the core, mailer independent, components
     @code{make gnus}  - Core components plus @code{Gnus} support
     @code{make mhe}   - Core components plus @code{MH-E} support
     @code{make rmail} - Core components plus @code{RMAIL} support
     @code{make vm}    - Build the core components with @code{VM} support
     @code{make all}   - Core components plus support for all mailers
                         listed above
@end example
@end ifinfo
@iftex
@bgroup@tableindent=1.5in
@table @b
@item @code{make bbdb}
Build the core, mailer independent, components
@item @code{make gnus}
Core components plus @code{Gnus} support
@item @code{make mhe}
Core components plus @code{MH-E} support
@item @code{make rmail}
Core components plus @code{RMAIL} support
@item @code{make vm}
Build the core components with @code{VM} support
@item @code{make all}
Core components plus support for all mailers listed above
@end table
@egroup
@end iftex

You can also combine the above @code{make} commands.  For example, to
build the @b{BBDB} with support for @code{Gnus} and @code{VM}, you can
do so by typing:

@example
make gnus vm
@end example

@subheading Moving the files to their final destination

@subsubheading Lisp files

As stated above, the @file{lisp} subdirectory contains the Emacs Lisp source
files for the @b{BBDB}.  Therefore, these files must be in the Emacs
@code{load-path}.  There are several ways of doing this, three of which are
described below:

@itemize @bullet
@item
Add the @file{lisp} directory from the source distribution to the
@code{load-path}.  This will allow you to run the @b{BBDB} in-place.  This
method is recommended for normal users or @b{BBDB} developers, especially if
disk usage is an issue.  It is @b{not} recommended for site-wide
installations. @refill

@item
Link the @file{lisp} directory into your @file{site-lisp} directory.  This is
for a site-wide installation, but it is subject to the following caveat.  If you
link the @file{lisp} directory into @file{site-lisp}, you will make life more
difficult for yourself down the road, as you will not be able to make changes to
the source directory (new versions, patches, etc) without having an effect on
other users who now depend on it.  This directory will automatically be added to 
the @code{load-path} when Emacs starts. @refill

@item
Make a directory whose sole purpose in life is containing the production copies
of the @b{BBDB} source and byte-compiled source files.  Either put this
directory under @file{site-lisp} (or put it somewhere else and link it into
@file{site-lisp}).  This directory will automatically be added to the
@code{load-path} when Emacs starts.  This is the best of the three listed here,
as it allows for a degree of separation between the (possibly changing) source
tree and the production code.
@end itemize

@ifinfo
@subsubheading TeX files

The @file{tex} subdirectory contains the TeX support files for
bbdb-print, the @b{BBDB} printing utility (@xref{bbdb-print}).
The three support files, @file{bbdb-cols.tex}, @file{bbdb-print.tex}, and
@file{bbdb-print-brief.tex}, must be placed in a directory that is
either on the default TeX search path or is listed in the
@code{TEXINPUTS} environment variable.  If neither of these two options
is taken, TeX will not be able to process the file output by
@code{bbdb-print}.
@end ifinfo
@iftex
@subsubheading @TeX files

The @file{tex} subdirectory contains the @TeX support files for
bbdb-print, the @b{BBDB} printing utility (@xref{bbdb-print}).
The three support files, @file{bbdb-cols.tex}, @file{bbdb-print.tex}, and
@file{bbdb-print-brief.tex}, must be placed in a directory that is
either on the default @TeX search path or is listed in the
@code{TEXINPUTS} environment variable.  If neither of these two options
is taken, @TeX will not be able to process the file output by
@code{bbdb-print}.
@end iftex

@subsubheading texinfo files

The @file{bbdb.info} file in this directory contains the documentation
for the @b{BBDB}.  This file should either be linked or copied to a
directory on the default path for the @code{info} program or listed in
the @code{INFOPATH} environment variable.

@node XEmacs Package, Initial Configuration, Normal User, Installation
@subsection XEmacs Package Installation
@cindex XEmacs Package Installation

@noindent
@b{NOTE:} XEmacs packages are currently supported only under XEmacs
20.5.  If you are not running 20.5, you should install the @b{BBDB}
according to the instructions in @ref{Normal User}.

@subheading Byte Compiling the Lisp files

The byte-compilation procedure is the same as that used in the Normal
User installation.  See @ref{Normal User}.

@subheading Moving the files to their final destination

Support is provided for the automatic installation of the @b{BBDB} in an 
XEmacs package directory.  Before installation, one or more variables
must be set in the @file{Makefile} as described below.

@table @b
@item @code{PACKAGEROOT}
This variable sets the root of the XEmacs package directory.  It is
@b{required} for XEmacs package - the installation will not even begin
unless this variable is set.
@item @code{LINKPATH}
If this variable is either undefined (commented out) or set to the empty 
string, the @file{lisp} and @file{info} directories will be copied into
@code{PACKAGEROOT}.  If @code{LINKPATH} is set, the @file{lisp} and
@file{info} directories will be linked into @code{PACKAGEROOT}.
@item @code{LINKPATH}
If this variable is either undefined (commented out) or set to the empty 
string, the @file{lisp} and @file{info} directories will be linked in
with the output of @code{pwd} as the source directory.  If something
else should be used as the source directory, @code{LINKPATH} should be set 
to the 'something else'.  If, for example, @code{pwd} returns
@file{/p/local/elisp/bbdb}, the @file{lisp}, @file{info} and @file{etc}
(which will include the files distributed in @file{tex} and
@file{utils}) directories
will be linked in from @file{/p/local/elisp/bbdb/@{lisp,info,etc@}}.  If,
however, you prefer that they be linked in from
@file{/usr/local/elisp/bbdb/...}, set @code{LINKPATH} to
@file{/usr/local/elisp/bbdb}.  This variable is ignored if
@code{LINKPATH} is not set.
@end table

To perform the installation, use the command @code{make install-pkg}.
This will compile the @file{lisp/auto-autoloads.el} file and will
install the source and documentation files as indicated by the variables 
described above.  The final installation tree will take the following form:

@table @code
 @item $PACKAGEROOT/
 @table @code
  @item etc/
  @table @code
   @item bbdb/
   @table @code
    @item tex/
    @i{support files for bbdb-print, copied from the @file{tex} directory 
    in the source distribution}
    @item utils/
    @i{miscellaneous utilities, copied from the @file{utils} directory in 
    the source distribution}
   @end table
  @end table
  @item info/
  @table @code
   @item bbdb/
   @i{@b{BBDB} documentation files, copied from the @file{info} directory 
   in the source distribution}
  @end table
  @item lisp/
  @table @code
   @item bbdb/
   @i{@b{BBDB} lisp source files, copied from the @file{lisp} directory 
   in the source distribution}
  @end table
 @end table
@end table

After you install the package, you should probably redump XEmacs.

@node Initial Configuration,  , XEmacs Package, Installation
@subsection Initial Configuration
@cindex Initial Configuration
@findex bbdb-initialize

The simplest way to configure the @b{BBDB} is to include the following
forms in your Emacs configuration file:

@example
@code{(require 'bbdb)}
@code{(bbdb-initialize)}
@end example

@b{Note:}  The forms above replace the autoloads needed for previous
versions of the @b{BBDB}.

This will set up the @b{BBDB} for basic querying and record manipulation
(the Core Functionality referred to in the Prerequisites section).  It
will not enable any of the mailreader-, newsreader- or other
package-specific @b{BBDB} features.  To enable some or all of these
features, the @code{(bbdb-initialize)} form can be enable as shown
below.  Alternatively, the features can be enabled manually as described
in the following sections.

@subheading Modifying @code{(bbdb-initialize)}

The @code{bbdb-initialize} function can be used to enable the various
package-specific @b{BBDB} functions.  This feature activation is
accomplished through the passing of symbols which tell the function
which features to activate.  These symbols are outlined below and in the
Emacs documentation for the @code{bbdb-initialize}@footnote{This
documentation can be accessed by typing @kbd{C-h f bbdb-initialize RET}.}

@subsubheading Initialization symbols for mail and news readers

@table @code
@item gnus
 Initialize support for Gnus@footnote{If you are using GNUS (not Gnus),
 and if your GNUS version is 3.14 or older, use the @code{Gnus} (note
 the capitalization) symbol.}.  If you pass the @code{gnus} symbol, you should
 probably also pass the @code{message} symbol.
@item mh-e
 Initialize support for the MH-E mail reader.
@item rmail
 Initialize support for the RMAIL mail reader.
@item sendmail
 Initialize support for sendmail (@kbd{M-x mail})
@item vm
 Initialize support for the VM mail reader.@footnote{For the VM
 initialization to work properly, you must either call
 @code{bbdb-initialize} with the @code{vm} symbol from within your VM
 initialization file (@file{~/.vm}), or you must call
 @code{bbdb-insinuate-vm} manually from within your VM initialization
 file.}
@end table

@subsubheading Initialization symbols for other packages

@table @code
@item message
 Initialize support for Message mode (the mail composition program
 included with Gnus).
@item reportmail
 Initialize support for the Reportmail mail notification package.
@item sc
 Initialize support for the Supercite message citation package.
 Additional initialization is required for Supercite to work with the
 @b{BBDB}.  @xref{Supercite Prep}.
@item w3
 Initialize support for Web browsers.
@end table

@subsubheading Initialization example

To initialize support for Gnus 5.5, Message mode, Supercite, and Web
browsers, the following forms would be used:

@example
(require 'bbdb)
(bbdb-initialize 'gnus 'message 'sc 'w3)
@end example

@subsubheading Manual initialization

If your initialization needs exceed those provided by
@code{bbdb-initialize}, refer to the following sections for a
description of the procedures necessary for enabling @b{BBDB} support
for the packages listed above.  The procedures described are the same as 
those carried out by the @code{bbdb-initialize} function when passed the 
appropriate symbols.  That is, the procedure listed in the RMAIL Prep
section below is the same as than executed by @code{bbdb-initialize}
when the @code{rmail} symbol is passed.
 
@menu
Mail and News readers:

* Gnus Prep::           Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Gnus
* MH-E Prep::           Initializing @b{BBDB} support for MH-E
* RMAIL Prep::          Initializing @b{BBDB} support for RMAIL
* Sendmail Prep::       Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Sendmail
* VM Prep::             Initializing @b{BBDB} support for VM

Other packages:

* Message Prep::        Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Message mode
* Reportmail Prep::     Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Reportmail
* Supercite Prep::      Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Supercite
* Web Browser Prep::    Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Web Browsers
@end menu

@node Gnus Prep, MH-E Prep, Initial Configuration, Initial Configuration
@subsubsection Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Gnus

To take advantage of the @b{Gnus} features of the @b{BBDB}, add one of
the following forms to your Emacs configuration file: @refill

@noindent
For Gnus 3.14 or older:

@code{(add-hook 'gnus-Startup-hook 'bbdb-insinuate-gnus)}

@noindent
For Gnus 3.15 or newer:

@code{(add-hook 'gnus-startup-hook 'bbdb-insinuate-gnus)}

@code{bbdb-insinuate-gnus} adds bindings for the default keys to
@b{Gnus} and configures @b{Gnus} to notify the @b{BBDB} when new
messages are loaded.  This notification is required if the @b{BBDB} is
to be able to display @b{BBDB} entries for messages displayed in
@b{Gnus}.

@node MH-E Prep, RMAIL Prep, Gnus Prep, Initial Configuration
@subsubsection Initializing @b{BBDB} support for MH-E

To take advantage of the @b{MH-E} features of the @b{BBDB}, add the
following form to your Emacs configuration file: @refill

@example
(add-hook 'mh-folder-mode-hook 'bbdb-insinuate-mh)
@end example

@code{bbdb-insinuate-mh} adds bindings for the default keys to
@b{MH-E} and configures @b{MH-E} to notify the @b{BBDB} when new
messages are loaded.  This notification is required if the @b{BBDB} is
to be able to display @b{BBDB} entries for messages displayed in
@b{MH-E}.

@node RMAIL Prep, Sendmail Prep, MH-E Prep, Initial Configuration
@subsubsection Initializing @b{BBDB} support for RMAIL

To take advantage of the @b{RMAIL} features of the @b{BBDB}, add the
following form to your Emacs configuration file: @refill

@example
(add-hook 'rmail-mode-hook 'bbdb-insinuate-rmail)
@end example

@code{bbdb-insinuate-rmail} adds bindings for the default keys to
@b{RMAIL} and configures @b{RMAIL} to notify the @b{BBDB} when new
messages are loaded.  This notification is required if the @b{BBDB} is
to be able to display @b{BBDB} entries for messages displayed in
@b{RMAIL}.

@node Sendmail Prep, VM Prep, RMAIL Prep, Initial Configuration
@subsubsection Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Sendmail

To take advantage of send-mail-mode (the one invoked with @code{M-x
mail}) features of the @b{BBDB}, add the following form to your Emacs
configuration file: @refill

@example
(add-hook 'mail-setup-hook 'bbdb-insinuate-sendmail)
@end example

@code{bbdb-insinuate-sendmail} enables auto-completion in
send-mail-mode.

@node VM Prep, Message Prep, Sendmail Prep, Initial Configuration
@subsubsection Initializing @b{BBDB} support for VM

To take advantage of the @b{VM} features of the @b{BBDB}, add the
following form to your @file{~/.vm} file:

@example
@code{(bbdb-insinuate-vm)}
@end example

@code{bbdb-insinuate-vm} adds bindings for the default keys to @b{VM}
and configures @b{VM} to notify the @b{BBDB} when new messages are
loaded.  This notification is required if the @b{BBDB} is to be able to
display @b{BBDB} entries for messages displayed in @b{VM}.

@node Message Prep, Reportmail Prep, VM Prep, Initial Configuration
@subsubsection Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Message mode

To allow the @b{BBDB} to be used in Message mode, add the following form 
to your Emacs initialization file:

@example
@code{(bbdb-insinuate-message)}
@end example

@code{bbdb-insinuate-message} adds a binding for @kbd{M-TAB} to Message
mode.  This will enable completion of addressees based on @b{BBDB}
records. See @ref{Using Message Mode} for more details on the operation
of Message mode @b{BBDB} record completion.

@node Reportmail Prep, Supercite Prep, Message Prep, Initial Configuration
@subsubsection Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Reportmail

To allow the Reportmail package to report information from @b{BBDB}
records for new mail, add the following form to your Emacs
initialization file:

@example
@code{(bbdb-insinuate-reportmail)}
@end example

@code{bbdb-insinuate-reportmail} adds to the
@code{display-time-get-field} function to allow access to @b{BBDB}
records during new mail information display.  See @ref{Using Reportmail} 
for more details on the operation of Reportmail with the @b{BBDB}.

@node Supercite Prep, Web Browser Prep, Reportmail Prep, Initial Configuration
@subsubsection Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Supercite

To allow the @b{BBDB} to assist in the storage of Supercite citations,
add the following form to your Emacs initialization file:

@example
@code{(bbdb-insinuate-sc)}
@end example

@code{bbdb-insinuate-sc} adds @b{BBDB} functions to two Supercite hooks
- @code{sc-post-hook} and @code{sc-attribs-postselect-hook}.  See
@ref{Using Supercite} for more details on the operation of Supercite
citation management using the @b{BBDB}.

Three other Supercite variables must be set/modified to allow the
@b{BBDB} to work with it.  These variables are not automatically set as
it would be impossible to reliably set them without interfering with
other user customizations.  The modifications are:

@table @code
@item sc-preferred-attribution-list
@code{"sc-consult"} should be added to the list.  An example
configuration is:

@example
(setq sc-preferred-attribution-list
  '("sc-lastchoice" "x-attribution" "sc-consult"
    "initials" "firstname" "lastname"))
@end example

@item sc-attrib-selection-list
The following form should be added to @code{sc-attrib-selection-list}:

@example
      '(("sc-from-address" 
	 ((".*" . (bbdb/sc-consult-attr 
		   (sc-mail-field "sc-from-address"))))))
@end example

@item sc-mail-glom-frame
The following form should be added to @code{sc-mail-glom-frame}, to
allow the retrieval of the name of a person who is a) in the @b{BBDB}
and b) has only included their net address in the message in question.

@example
  ("^$"  (progn (bbdb/sc-default)
            (list 'abort '(step . 0))))
@end example

An example configuration is as follows:

@example
@exdent @code{(setq sc-mail-glom-frame}
@exdent @code{   '((begin                        (setq sc-mail-headers-start (point)))}
@exdent @code{     ("^x-attribution:[ \t]+.*$"   (sc-mail-fetch-field t) nil t)}
@exdent @code{     ("^\\S +:.*$"                 (sc-mail-fetch-field) nil t)}
@exdent @code{     ("^$"                         (progn (bbdb/sc-default)}
@exdent @code{                                   (list 'abort '(step . 0))))}
@exdent @code{     ("^[ \t]+"                    (sc-mail-append-field))}
@exdent @code{     (sc-mail-warn-if-non-rfc822-p (sc-mail-error-in-mail-field))}
@exdent @code{     (end                          (setq sc-mail-headers-end (point)))))}
@end example
@end table

The above is also documented in @file{bbdb-sc.el}.  The 
@code{bbdb/sc-setup-variables} function has been provided as an example for
Supercite variable initialization.  Please note that while
@code{bbdb/sc-setup-variables} makes every attempt to safely configure
the Supercite variables, it will not always work.  Specifically, the
variables @code{sc-attrib-selection-list} and @code{sc-mail-glom-frame}
will not be overridden if they have already been defined.

@node Web Browser Prep,  , Supercite Prep, Initial Configuration
@subsubsection Initializing @b{BBDB} support for Web Browsers

To allow URLs to be added to @b{BBDB} records, add the following form to
your Emacs initialization file:

@example
@code{(bbdb-insinuate-w3)}
@end example

@code{bbdb-insinuate-w3} adds the definition of @kbd{:} to the W3
keymap.

The other @code{bbdb-w3} functions, specifically the passing of URLs
from @b{BBDB} records to Web browsers, do not require initialization
within the @b{BBDB}.  They do, however, require the configuration of the 
@code{browse-url} package so it knows to which Web browser URLs are to
be passed.  For more details on the operation of @code{bbdb-w3}, see
@ref{Using Web Browsers}.

@node The BBDB, BBDB Mode, Installation, Top
@section The @b{BBDB}

This section discusses the basics of the @b{BBDB} - an overview of the
database's layout, and a discussion of the basic @b{BBDB} manipulation
commands.

The database itself lives in a file which is named by the variable
@code{bbdb-file}.  If this variable is not set, the database is assumed
to be in @file{~/.bbdb}.

@menu
* Database Fields::             Description of database fields
* Basic Searching::             Basic database searching commands
* Advanced Searching::          Advanced database searching commands
* Manual Record Addition::      Adding records by hand
@end menu

@node Database Fields, Basic Searching, The BBDB, The BBDB
@subsection Database Fields

The database is organized as a set of records, where each record
corresponds to one person or organization.  Each record has several
fields, and each field is of one of several types.  Below, the built-in
types are listed, followed by a description of how and why some types
can be used more than once in a single record: @refill
@cindex Builtin field types

@multitable @columnfractions .1 .5 .4
@item Type
@tab Description
@tab Notes

@item @code{name}
@tab The name of this person, or none if the record corresponds to an
organization.
@tab Single value, single instance.

@item @code{company}
@tab The name of this person's organization, or none.
@tab Single value, single instance.

@item @code{AKA}
@tab A list of other names for this person.
@tab Multiple values through commas.

@item @code{net}
@tab A list of this person's network addresses.
@tab Multiple values through commas.

@item @code{address}
@tab A list of postal (physical) addresses for this person.
@tab Multiple values through multiple occurences.

@item @code{phone}
@tab A list of telephone numbers for this person.
@tab Multiple values through multiple occurences.

@item @code{notes}
@tab Random commentary.
@tab Multiple values through multiple occurences.

@end multitable

The field types listed above can be classified into four categories, as
indicated by the comments in the `Notes' column.

Field types marked as "Single value, single occurrence" may only occur
once per record.  Each occurrence can only have a single value.  For
example, there will be only one field of type @code{name} in a record.
It will be named @code{name}, and will contain a single value (the
person's name).

The types marked as "Multiple values through commas" are essentially the
same as the single value, single occurrence field types, but with one
crucial difference: they can contain multiple values in the form of a
comma-separated list.  So, for example, while a @code{name} field with a
value of "foo, bar" would be treated as if it contained the single value
"foo, bar", a @code{net} field with the same data would be thought of as
having two separate values - "foo" and "bar".  As in the single
occurrence, single value field types, there will be only one occurrence
of each "Multiple values through commas" field type, and the occurrence
will have the same name as the type.

The "Multiple values through multiple occurrences" field type is the
most flexible of the four listed here.  There can be multiple
occurrences of each type.  This type necessarily does not have the name
restriction imposed by the previous two types.  For example, there can
be multiple fields of the @code{address} type, none of which have to be
named @code{address}.  One could be named @code{home}, and the other
could be named @code{work}.

Special properties of the @code{notes} field type: All user-defined
fields that don't fit into the other predefined field types
(@code{name}, @code{company}, @code{AKA}, @code{net}, @code{address},
and @code{phone}) will be created as a @code{notes}-type field.  In
addition, several of the user-defined field names are "special".  That
is, the @b{BBDB} treats the values of these "special" fields differently
than it does other user-defined fields.  The "special" fields are:

@cindex Special Field Names
@table @code
@item attribution
@vindex bbdb/sc-attribution-field
@i{(Available only when the Supercite-specific @b{BBDB} functions have been
enabled)} Used for the storage of Supercite attributions.  For initialization
details, see @ref{Supercite Prep}.  For usage details, see @ref{Using
Supercite}.  The field used can be changed by changing the value of
@code{bbdb/sc-attribution-field}.
@item aka
Used to store non-primary names associated with a given record.
@item face
@i{(XEmacs only)} Used for the storage of image data.  This data is to be
in the format output by @code{compface}, and commonly found in
@code{X-Face:} headers in messages.  If face support has been compiled
into XEmacs, the image contained in the @code{face} header will be
displayed when the record is viewed.
@item finger-host
@vindex bbdb-finger-host-field
Address used in place of the listed net address for fingering the entity 
indicated by the record. @xref{BBDB Mode}.  The field used can be changed by
changing the value of @code{bbdb-finger-host-field}.
@item gnus-score
@vindex bbdb/gnus-score-field
@b{Gnus} scoring adjustment for this person.  For initialization details, see
@ref{Gnus Prep}.  For usage details, see @ref{Gnus Features}. The field used
can be changed by changing the value of @code{bbdb/gnus-score-field}.
@item mail-alias
Value used instead of @code{name} for completion.  @xref{Mail Sending
Interfaces}.
@item mail-name
@i{(Available only when the Reportmail-specific @b{BBDB} functions have been
enabled)}  Used for the storage of non-default names to be used in the
reporting of new mail by Reportmail.  For initialization details,
see @ref{Reportmail Prep}.  For usage details, see @ref{Using Reportmail}.
@item mark-char
The field containing the character to be used for marking a given poster 
in the Gnus Summary Buffer.  For usage details, see @ref{Gnus Summary Buffer}.
@item tex-name
@cindex Printing records in the database
@findex bbdb-print
The value of this field is used in place of the @code{name} field when
printing the database using @code{bbdb-print}.  @xref{bbdb-print}.
@item www
This field contains the URL assocated with the @b{BBDB} record.  Common uses
are with @code{bbdb-snarf} (@pxref{bbdb-snarf}) and the @b{BBDB}/Web Browser
functionality (for initialization details, see @ref{Web Browser Prep}.  For
usage details, see @ref{Using Web Browsers}).
@end table

@node Basic Searching, Advanced Searching, Database Fields, The BBDB
@subsection Basic searching commands

You can list the contents of the database with the command 
@w{@kbd{M-x bbdb}}.  You will be prompted for a regular expression, and all 
records which match that regexp in the name, company, network address,
or any notes fields will be displayed.@refill
@cindex Searching the database
@findex bbdb
@findex bbdb-name
@findex bbdb-company
@findex bbdb-net
@findex bbdb-notes

A narrower search may be made by using the commands @kbd{bbdb-name},
@kbd{bbdb-company,} @kbd{bbdb-net,} or @kbd{bbdb-notes}.  These commands
limit their searches to the name, company, email address, and notes
fields, respectively.  If these commands are given a prefix argument,
the listing displayed will be one line per entry; otherwise, the full
database entry will be shown on multiple lines.

The functions described above are predefined to certain keys in the
@code{*BBDB*} buffer.  @xref{BBDB Mode} for more details.

@cindex User-defined fields
The @code{bbdb-notes} command will prompt for the notes field to search
(@kbd{RET} for all).  In this way you can limit your searches to the
contents of one particular user-defined notes field.  (You can add 
user-defined fields with the @code{bbdb-insert-new-field} command;
@xref{BBDB Mode}.)@refill

@cindex Elided display
@cindex One-line display

@node Advanced Searching, Manual Record Addition, Basic Searching, The BBDB
@subsection Advanced searching commands

The following functions can be used to search for records based on
creation and/or modification dates.  These functions will match records
that have @code{timestamp} and/or @code{creation-date} fields (as
appropriate.  @xref{Predefined Hooks} for more information on these
fields, which are created by default.

@table @code
@findex bbdb-timestamp-older
@item bbdb-timestamp-older
Display all records modified before a given date.  If this function is
called interactively, it will prompt for a date.  If it is being called
non-interactively, the date should be provided as a string in
@samp{yyyy-mm-dd} format.

@findex bbdb-timestamp-newer
@item bbdb-timestamp-newer
Display all records modified after a given date.  If this function is
called interactively, it will prompt for a date.  If it is being called
non-interactively, the date should be provided as a string in
@samp{yyyy-mm-dd} format.

@findex bbdb-creation-older
@item bbdb-creation-older
Display all records created before a given date.  If this function is
called interactively, it will prompt for a date.  If it is being called
non-interactively, the date should be provided as a string in
@samp{yyyy-mm-dd} format.

@findex bbdb-creation-newer
@item bbdb-creation-newer
Display all records created after a given date.  If this function is
called interactively, it will prompt for a date.  If it is being called
non-interactively, the date should be provided as a string in
@samp{yyyy-mm-dd} format.

@findex bbdb-creation-no-change
@item bbdb-creation-no-change
Display all records that have not been changed since creation.
@end table

@node Manual Record Addition,  , Advanced Searching, The BBDB
@subsection Manual record addition

There are several ways to add new entries to the Insidious Big Brother 
Database; the most straightforward is to use @w{@kbd{M-x bbdb-create}},
which will prompt you for all relevant information.  However, the
easiest way is to allow them to be added automatically by one of the
mail or news-reading interfaces (@xref{Interfaces}). @refill

@cindex Creating new records
@cindex Adding new records

@node BBDB Mode, Interfaces, The BBDB, Top
@section BBDB Mode

@subsection Functions bound to keys in @b{BBDB} Mode

When the @samp{*BBDB*} buffer is active (either summoned by one of the
commands in the previous section [@xref{The BBDB}] or by your mail
or news program), a variety of commands become available for database
manipulation.  Some of the commands listed below take numeric arguments.
These arguments can be generated by entering the number before pressing
the key(s) corresponding to the desired command.  The output (if any) of
the listed commands will be displayed in the @samp{*BBDB*} buffer, and
can be navigated through using the usual cursor motion commands.
@cindex BBDB Mode
@cindex *BBDB* buffer

@table @kbd
@item e
@findex bbdb-edit-current-field
@cindex Editing fields
@cindex Changing fields
(@code{bbdb-edit-current-field})  Edit the field on the current line.  If
the cursor is in the middle of a multi-line field, such as an address or
comments section, then the entire field is edited, not just the current
line. @refill

@item ;
@findex bbdb-edit-notes
(@code{bbdb-edit-notes})  A shortcut for editing the @var{notes} field. @refill

@item d, C-k
@findex bbdb-delete-current-field-or-record
@cindex Deleting fields
@cindex Removing fields
(@code{bbdb-delete-current-field-or-record}) Delete the field on the
current line.  If the current line is the first line of a record, the
@b{BBDB} will, after prompting the user, delete the entire record from
the database.

@item C-o
@findex bbdb-insert-new-field
@cindex Adding new fields
@cindex Inserting new fields
@cindex User-defined fields
(@code{bbdb-insert-new-field}) Inserts a new field into the current
record.  You are prompted (with completion) for the type of field to
insert (@b{phone}, @b{address}, @b{notes}, etc); if the string you type
is not a known field type, you will be asked whether to add a new field
with the entered name of type @code{notes}.

@cindex Phone numbers
@cindex North American phone numbers
@cindex European phone numbers
If you are inserting a new phone-number field, you can control whether
it is a North American or European phone number by providing a prefix
argument.  A prefix arg of @kbd{^U} means it's to be a euronumber, and
any other prefix arg means it's to be a a structured North American
number.  If no prefix argument is supplied, the style used is controlled
by the variable @code{bbdb-north-american-phone-numbers-p}. @refill

@item C-x C-t
@findex bbdb-transpose-fields
@cindex Reordering fields
@cindex Transposing fields
(@code{bbdb-transpose-fields}) This is like the @code{transpose-lines} 
command, but it is for @b{BBDB} fields.  If the cursor is on a field of
a @b{BBDB} record, that field and the previous field will be 
transposed.@refill

With non-zero numeric argument @var{ARG}, the previous field is moved
past @var{ARG} fields.  With argument 0, the field indicated by
@i{point} is interchanged with the one indicated by @i{mark}.

Both fields must be in the same record, and must be of the same basic type
(that is, you can use this command to change the order in which phone-number
fields are listed, but you can't use it to make an address appear before a
phone number; the order of field types is fixed.)@refill

@item n, p
@findex bbdb-next-record
@findex bbdb-prev-record
(@code{bbdb-next-record}, @code{bbdb-prev-record})  Move to the next and
previous displayed record, respectively. @refill

@item t
@findex bbdb-elide-record
(@code{bbdb-elide-record}) Toggles whether the current record is displayed
in a one-line listing, or a full multi-line listing.  With a numeric argument
of 0, the current record will unconditionally be made elided; with any
other argument, the current record will unconditionally be shown
expanded. @refill

If @kbd{*t} is used instead of simply @kbd{t}, then the state of all
records will be changed instead of just the one at point.  In this case,
a numeric argument of 0 means that all records will unconditionally be
made elided; any other numeric argument means that all of the records
will unconditionally be shown expanded; and no numeric argument means
that the records are made to be in the opposite state of the record
under point. @refill

@item o
@findex bbdb-omit-record
(@code{bbdb-omit-record}) Removes the current record from the display,
but does not delete it from the database; it merely makes it seem as if
the most recent search had not matched this record.  With a numeric
argument, omit the next N records.  With a negative argument, go
backwards. @refill

@item m
@findex bbdb-send-mail
@cindex Sending mail
@vindex bbdb-send-mail-style
(@code{bbdb-send-mail}) Begin composing mail to the person represented
by the current record.  The first email address is used.  Normally, the
mail-sending package which is used is determined by which mail-reading
package is loaded; that is, if @b{MH-E} is loaded, then @code{mh-send}
will be used; if @b{VM} is loaded, then @code{vm-mail} is used; if
@b{message} is loaded, then it is used; otherwise, @code{mail} is used.
You can override this by setting the variable
@code{bbdb-send-mail-style} to one of the symbols @code{vm}, @code{mh},
@code{message}, or @code{mail}. @refill

If @kbd{*m} is used instead of simply @kbd{m}, then mail will be sent to
all of the folks listed in the @samp{*BBDB*} buffer instead of just the 
person under point. @refill

This function does not at present use the facility provided by
@code{compose-mail} and @code{mail-user-agent}.  In a future version of
the @b{BBDB}, it will.

@item s, C-x C-s
@findex bbdb-save-db
@cindex Saving your changes
(@code{bbdb-save-db})  Saves the @b{BBDB} file to disk.

@item r
@findex bbdb-refile-record
@cindex Fixing mistakes
@cindex Merging records
(@code{bbdb-refile-record})  Merge the current record into some other record;
that is, delete the record under point after copying all of the data
within it into some other record.  this is useful if you realize that
somehow a redundant record has gotten into the database, and you want to
merge it with another. @refill

If both records have names and/or companies, you are asked which to use.
Phone numbers, addresses, and network addresses are simply concatenated.
The first record is the record under the point; the second is prompted 
for.  Completion behavior is as dictated by the variable
@code{bbdb-completion-type}. @refill

@item M-d
@findex bbdb-dial
@cindex Sound support
@cindex Dialing phone numbers
(@code{bbdb-dial}) If you are on a machine with the ability to play
sounds, this command will play the appropriate tones on the builtin
speaker to dial the phone number corresponding to the current line.  If
the point is at the beginning of a record, dial the first phone number.
This does not dial the extension.  This also does not dial the area code
if it is the same as @code{bbdb-default-area-code}, unless a prefix
argument is given. @refill

The @b{BBDB} comes configured to play sounds on machines running
Solaris.  If you are on another type of machine, you must set
@code{bbdb-sound-player} to a string containing the name of the audio
file player on your machine.  You must also set @code{bbdb-sound-files}
to a vector of arguments to be passed to the program indicated by
@code{bbdb-sound-player}.  @code{bbdb-sound-player} will be called with
the first element of @code{bbdb-sound-files} for the digit @samp{0}, the 
second for @samp{1}, the third for @samp{2}, and so on.

@table @code
@item bbdb-dial-local-prefix
@vindex bbdb-dial-local-prefix
Set this to a string of digits if your phone system requires you to dial
some code to access an outside line.@refill

@item bbdb-dial-long-distance-prefix
@vindex bbdb-dial-long-distance-prefix
Set this to a string of digits if your phone system requires you to dial
some code before dialing a long-distance number (one not in your local 
area code.)@refill
@end table

@item f
@findex bbdb-finger
@cindex Finger interface
(@code{bbdb-finger})  This command fingers the network address of a
@b{BBDB} record.  If this command is executed from the @samp{*BBDB*} buffer,
it fingers the network address of the record which is at point; otherwise, 
it prompts in the minibuffer (with completion) for a user to finger.  With a
numeric prefix argument, it fingers the @i{N}th network address of the 
current record; with a prefix argument of @kbd{^U}, it fingers all of them.
The @samp{*finger*} buffer is filled asynchronously, meaning that you don't
have to wait around for it to finish; but fingering another user before
the first finger has finished could have unpredictable results.@refill

If this command is executed from the @samp{*BBDB*} buffer, it may be prefixed
with @kbd{*} (as in @kbd{*f} instead of simply @kbd{f}), meaning to
finger all of the users currently listed instead of just the one under
point.  The numeric prefix argument has the same interpretation. @refill

@vindex bbdb-finger-host-field
You can define a special network address to ``finger'' by defining a field
@code{finger-host}.  The name of the field to be fingered can be changed 
by setting @code{bbdb-finger-host-field}.

@item q
@findex bbdb-bury-buffer
(@code{bbdb-bury-buffer})  Hides the @samp{*BBDB*} buffer.  @b{Note:}
This command does @b{not} kill the @samp{*BBDB*} buffer.

@item ?
@findex bbdb-help
(@code{bbdb-help})  This displays a one-line help message in the
minibuffer, showing some of the most common bbdb-mode commands.

@item i
@findex bbdb-info
(@code{bbdb-info})  This documentation is displayed.  Please note that
either @file{bbdb} or @file{bbdb.info} must be installed in one of the
info directories known to Emacs for this command to work.

@table @code
@item bbdb-info-file
@vindex bbdb-info-file
If this documentation is not installed in the standard Info directory,
then you should set this variable to the name of the texinfo-formatted 
version of this file; the @code{bbdb-info} command will use this file
instead.@refill
@end table

@item W
@cindex Browsing the Web page for the current record
@findex bbdb-www
(@code{bbdb-www})  Displays the Web page listed in the @code{www} field
of the current record.  @xref{Using Web Browsers}.

@item P
@cindex Printing records in the database
@findex bbdb-print
(@code{bbdb-print})  Creates a TeX file that contains a pretty-printed version 
of @b{BBDB} records.  If prefixed by @kbd{*}, only the records currently
displayed will print.  @xref{bbdb-print}.

@item h
@cindex Changing windows
Moves point to another window via the @code{other-window} function.

@item c
@cindex Creating new records
@findex bbdb-create
(@code{bbdb-create})  Create a new database record from information
supplied by the user.

@item C
@cindex Displaying changed records
@findex bbdb-changed
(@code{bbdb-changed})  Display all records that have been changed since
the last time the database was saved.

@item b
@cindex Searching the database
@findex bbdb
(@code{bbdb})  Begin a new database search.  The results of the new
search will be displayed in place of the results of the old search.

@item S a, S c, S o, S n
@cindex Searching the database
@findex bbdb-net
@findex bbdb-company
@findex bbdb-notes
@findex bbdb-name
(@code{bbdb-net}, @code{bbdb-company}, @code{bbdb-notes},
@code{bbdb-name})@*
Begin a new database search.  This search will be
limited to the net address, company, notes, or name fields,
respectively, of database records.  @xref{Basic Searching} for more
details.

@end table

@subsection Other database manipulation functions

@table @code
@findex bbdb-kill-older
@item bbdb-kill-older
If called interactively (or with a single argument - a date in
@samp{yyyy-mm-dd} format), it will kill all records that were last
modified before the given date as determined by the @code{timestamp}
field.  @xref{Predefined Hooks}.  If called non-interactively with a
date (in @samp{yyyy-mm-dd} format), a comparison function and an action
function, the comparison function is applied to the @code{timestamp}
field of all records, and the action function applied to those for whom
the comparison function returns true.  If @samp{nil} is supplied as the
comparison function, @code{string-lessp} is used.

@end table

@node Interfaces, Reader-specific Features, BBDB Mode, Top
@section Interfaces

The @b{BBDB} interfaces itself with several message-handling packages, but
certain parameters control its behavior depending on whether it is
being used from within a mail reader or a news reader. @refill

In all of these packages, two new keybindings will be added:

@table @kbd
@item :
@cindex Showing the sender of the current message
@findex bbdb/vm-show-sender
@findex bbdb/rmail-show-sender
@findex bbdb/mh-show-sender
@findex bbdb/gnus-show-sender
(@code{bbdb/@i{package}-show-sender}) Displays the @b{BBDB} entry corresponding
to the author of the current message.  If there is none, you will be
asked whether to create one.  The function called is
@code{bbdb/@i{package}-show-sender}, where @code{@i{package}} is either
@code{gnus}, @code{mh}, @code{rmail}, or @code{vm}, depending on the
mail or news program being used when the command is invoked. 

@item ;
@cindex Annotating the sender of the current message
@findex bbdb/vm-annotate-sender
@findex bbdb/rmail-annotate-sender
@findex bbdb/mh-annotate-sender
@findex bbdb/gnus-annotate-sender
(@code{bbdb/@i{package}-annotate-sender}) Lets you edit the @samp{notes}
field of the @b{BBDB} record corresponding to the sender of the current
message.  If there is no record for the current author, you will be
asked whether to create one.  The function called is
@code{bbdb/@i{package}-annotate-sender}, where @code{@i{package}} is
either @code{gnus}, @code{mh}, @code{rmail}, or @code{vm}, depending on
the mail or news program being used when the command is invoked.
@end table

These keybindings (and several other features) will not be 
available unless you call the appropriate ``insinuation''
function; @xref{Installation}.@refill

It is possible to configure @b{BBDB} so that it automatically creates a
record when it sees a message from a person who is not in the database.
It is also possible to have text automatically added to the notes field
of the corresponding record depending on the contents of the message
headers.  @xref{Customization Hooks} @refill

@menu
* Mail Reading Interfaces::		Mail Reading Interfaces
* News Reading Interfaces::		News Reading Interfaces
* Mail Sending Interfaces::		Mail Sending Interfaces
@end menu

@node Mail Reading Interfaces, News Reading Interfaces, Interfaces, Interfaces
@subsection Mail Reading Interfaces

There are BBDB interfaces for the following mail readers:

@itemize @bullet
@item
@b{Gnus}, a news- and email- reader written by Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen
(based on @b{GNUS} by Mansanobu Umeda).
@item
@b{MH-E}, the Emacs interface to @b{Mail Handler} (@b{MH}), from the
standard emacs library, but packaged separately from XEmacs since
version 20.4.@refill
@item
@b{RMAIL}, from the standard emacs library (packaged separately for
XEmacs users as of 20.4);
@item
@b{View Mail}, by Kyle Jones, version 5.31 or newer;
@end itemize

@node News Reading Interfaces, Mail Sending Interfaces, Mail Reading Interfaces, Interfaces
@subsection News Reading Interfaces

There are BBDB interfaces for the following news readers:

@itemize @bullet
@item
@b{GNUS}, a newsreader written by Masanobu Umeda. @refill
@item
@b{Gnus}, the modern news- and email-reading incarnation of @b{GNUS}.
@b{Gnus} is written by Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen.@refill
@end itemize

@node Mail Sending Interfaces,  , News Reading Interfaces, Interfaces
@subsection Mail Sending Interfaces

@findex bbdb-complete-name
@cindex Name completion
@cindex Mail address completion
@cindex Address completion
When sending mail, the keystroke @kbd{M-TAB} is bound to the
function @code{bbdb-complete-name}.  This will take the string that
you have typed (from point back to the preceding colon, comma, or
the beginning of the line) and will complete that against the
contents of the database.  What you have typed may be an initial
subsequence of a person's full name or network address; if it
completes ambiguously, then what you have typed will be replaced
with the common portion of the matches.  Typing @kbd{M-TAB} again will
show a list of possible completions.  If it completes unambiguously,
then an address of the form @w{@code{User Name <email-address>}} will
be inserted.  The variable @code{bbdb-completion-type} controls
whether completion is done on real names, or network addresses, or
both. @refill

This binding is automatically set by the various insinuation functions
documented earlier in this manual.  (@xref{Initial Configuration})
Briefly, the forms for these functions are:

@table @b
@item Gnus
@code{(setq gnus-Startup-hook 'bbdb-insinuate-gnus)} @i{for Gnus 3.14 or older}@*
@code{(setq gnus-startup-hook 'bbdb-insinuate-gnus)} @i{for Gnus 3.15 or newer}
@item MH-E
@code{(setq mh-folder-mode-hook 'bbdb-insinuate-mh)}
@item RMAIL
@code{(setq rmail-mode-hook 'bbdb-insinuate-rmail)}
@item sendmail
@code{(setq mail-setup-hook 'bbdb-insinuate-sendmail)}
@item VM
@code{(bbdb-insinuate-vm)} @i{Add to @file{~/.vm} file}
@end table

@noindent
The above forms should be added to your Emacs initialization file,
except where otherwise noted.

You can control what ``real name'' is inserted with the
@code{mail-alias} field: if a record has a @code{mail-alias}
field, then that is used instead of their @code{name} field.

@vindex bbdb-completion-display-record
If the variable @code{bbdb-completion-display-record} is true (the
default) then when you successfully complete an address with
@kbd{M-TAB}, the corresponding record will be appended to
the @samp{*BBDB*} buffer.  The buffer will not be displayed if it
is not already visible, but the record will be displayed there.

@findex bbdb-yank-addresses
@cindex Sending mail
When sending mail, you can use the command @code{bbdb-yank-addresses} 
to CC the current message to the people currently displayed in 
the @samp{*BBDB*} buffer.  This is useful if you are in the midst of
sending or replying to a message, and you decide to add some recipients.
You can use one of the @kbd{M-x bbdb} commands to display the set of
people that you want to CC the message to, and then execute this command
to add them to the list.

@cindex Mailing lists
@cindex Mail Aliases
@findex bbdb-define-all-aliases
@findex define-mail-alias

If you are using Jamie Zawinski's @file{mail-abbrevs.el} package, which
uses the word-abbrev mechanism for mail aliases, then you can store your
mail aliases in the BBDB instead of duplicating the information
elsewhere.@refill

If you want a mail alias to be defined for a person, simply add a
@code{mail-alias} field to their record.  You may have multiple aliases
for the same person; simply separate them with commas.@refill

If more than one person has the same mail-alias, then that alias expands
to the addresses of all of those people; in this way you can maintain
mailing lists within the BBDB.@refill

To actually define the aliases which are stored in the BBDB, call the
function @code{bbdb-define-all-aliases} from your
@code{mail-setup-hook}.  This will search the database, and call
@code{define-mail-alias} to define each of the resulting aliases.@refill

@node Reader-specific Features, Other Packages, Interfaces, Top
@section Reader-specific Features

There are features of the @b{BBDB} that are available only for specific
mail- and news-readers.  These features are described below.

@menu
* Gnus Features::                       Gnus-specific Features
* VM Features::                         VM-specific Features
@end menu

@node Gnus Features, VM Features, Reader-specific Features, Reader-specific Features
@subsection Gnus-specific Features

The @b{BBDB} can be used to provide score information, or to integrate
database information into the @b{Gnus} Summary buffer or the @b{GNUS}
Subject List. 

@menu
* Gnus Scoring::                        Store score adjustments in the @b{BBDB}
* Gnus Summary Buffer::                 @b{BBDB} information in the Summary buffer
* GNUS Subject List::                   @b{BBDB} information in the Subject List
@end menu

@node Gnus Scoring, Gnus Summary Buffer, Gnus Features, Gnus Features
@subsubsection Scoring
@vindex bbdb/gnus-score-field
@vindex bbdb/gnus-score-default
@vindex gnus-score-find-score-files-function

The @b{BBDB} can provide scoring information to @b{Gnus} in one of two
ways.

@enumerate
@item
Articles whose authors appear in the @b{BBDB} and who have
@code{gnus-score} fields will have their scores adjusted by the value
contained in that field.
@item
Articles whose authors appear in the @b{BBDB} but who do not have
@code{gnus-score} fields will have their scores adjusted by
@code{bbdb/gnus-score-default}.  If @code{bbdb/gnus-score-default} is
@code{nil}, no score adjustment will be made.
@end enumerate

The @b{BBDB} by default searches the field contained in
@code{bbdb/gnus-score-field} for score values.  To have the @b{BBDB} use 
a different field, change the value of this variable.

To enable @b{BBDB}-assisted scoring, add the @code{bbdb/gnus-score}
function to @code{gnus-score-find-score-files-function}.  Assuming that
you want to preserve the default value of this variable, use a form
similar to the following:

@example
(setq gnus-score-find-score-files-function
      '(gnus-score-find-bnews bbdb/gnus-score))
@end example

@b{Note:} The default value in @b{Gnus} 5.5 is @code{gnus-score-find-bnews}.
Check your configuration before using the above code, as your values may
be different.

@node Gnus Summary Buffer, GNUS Subject List, Gnus Scoring, Gnus Features
@subsubsection Gnus Summary Buffer Enhancements

@b{Gnus} can use the @b{BBDB} to do one of two things:

@itemize @bullet
@item
Mark authors in the Summary Buffer who have records in the @b{BBDB} with
a user-defined mark character.  See Marking Posters, below.
@item
For authors in the Summary Buffer who also have records in the @b{BBDB},
replace their name as listed in the Summary Buffer with their name as
stored in the @b{BBDB}.  See Using Names from the @b{BBDB}, below.
@end itemize

@subsubheading Marking Posters

Authors with records in the @b{BBDB} can be marked either with a
user-defined mark character, or with a default one.  The marking is
enabled by the use of a Gnus user format code, as determined by
@code{bbdb/gnus-summary-in-bbdb-format-letter}.  This variable, which
defaults to @samp{b}, is used to create a format code which is intended
for use in @code{gnus-summary-line-format}.  The format code is created
by concatenating @samp{%u} with the value of
@code{bbdb/gnus-summary-in-bbdb-format-letter}.  In the default case
this results in the creation of the format code @samp{%ub}.

Posts are marked as follows: If the record for the poster has the field
indicated in @code{bbdb-message-marker-field} (the default is
@code{mark-char}), the value of that field is used as the mark
character.@footnote{While it is possible to put a multi-character mark
in @code{bbdb-message-marker-field} and/or in
@code{bbdb/gnus-summary-known-poster-mark}, the resulting summary buffer
will be misaligned as a result.  This misalignment will result from fact
that at this time the character used to indicate posts whose authors are
not in the @b{BBDB} is always a single character, and cannot be
changed.}  If no such field is present, the value of
@code{bbdb/gnus-summary-known-poster-mark} will be used instead.  If the 
author is not in the @b{BBDB}, a space will be used as the mark character.

@subsubheading Using Names from the @b{BBDB}

The names reported for authors of posts in the Summary buffer can be
altered to conform to the values present in their respective @b{BBDB}
records (if any).  This rewriting is enabled by the use of a Gnus user
format code, as determined by
@code{bbdb/gnus-summary-user-format-letter}.  This variable, which
defaults to @samp{B}, is used to create a format code which is intended
for use in @code{gnus-summary-line-format}.  The format code is created
by concatenating @samp{%u} with the value of
@code{bbdb/gnus-summary-user-format-letter}.  In the default case this
results in the creation of the format code @samp{%uB}.  This format code 
is intended to @b{replace} the format code previously used in the Summary
buffer format line to indicate the author and/or net address (usually
@samp{%a}, @samp{%n}, and/or @samp{$N}).

The effects of this format code are in two independent parts - the
marking of known posters, and the rewriting of posters names.  The
first, the marking of posters, occurs only when
@code{bbdb/gnus-summary-mark-known-posters} is @code{t} (the default)
and the posters have entries in the @b{BBDB}.  When this variable is
true, the marking occurs as described in the previous section, Marking
Posters, above.

The poster name rewriting is done for all posters - not just for those
with records in the @b{BBDB}.  That said, rewriting rules for posters in 
the @b{BBDB} are more flexible than for those not listed.  The rewriting is
governed by two variables, as described below.

@code{bbdb/gnus-summary-prefer-real-names} can have one of three values - 
@samp{t}, @samp{bbdb}, or @code{nil}.  In general, this variable governs 
the preference between net addresses and names.  If it is @samp{t}, the
name (if any) will be used.  If @samp{nil}, the net address will be
used.  The third value, @samp{bbdb}, can be used as a method for
distinguishing between authors with records in the @b{BBDB} and those
without.  If the variable is set to @samp{bbdb}, the name from the
@b{BBDB} record will be used if the author has a record in the
@b{BBDB}.  If the author is not in the @b{BBDB}, the net address from
the message will be printed.  This variable makes little sense if
@code{bbdb/gnus-summary-prefer-bbdb-data} is @samp{nil}, as no names
will be printed in the Summary buffer in this case - only net addresses.

@code{bbdb/gnus-summary-prefer-bbdb-data} is used to (dis)allow use of
the @b{BBDB} for author data retrieval.  If it is @samp{t}, data from
the @b{BBDB} will be used if available.  If it is @samp{nil}, data from
the @b{BBDB} will not be used.

@noindent In the following examples, assume the following:

@enumerate
@item Message: @code{From: Jamie <jwz@@jwz.org>}@*
@b{BBDB}: No record
@item Message: @code{From: Matt <simmonmt@@acm.org>}@*
@b{BBDB}: Name: @samp{Matthew}, Net: @samp{simmonmt@@purdue.edu}
@end enumerate

@multitable @columnfractions .47 .17 .18 .18
@item @code{bbdb/gnus-summary-prefer-bbdb-data}
@tab @center @code{t}
@tab @center @code{t}
@tab @center @code{nil}
@item @code{bbdb/gnus-summary-prefer-real-names}
@tab @center @code{t}
@tab @center @code{bbdb}
@tab @center @code{t}
@item Printed in Summary buffer for
@item @center Case 1
@tab @center Jamie
@tab @center jwz@@jwz.org
@tab @center Jamie
@item @center Case 2
@tab @center Matthew
@tab @center Matthew
@tab @center Matt
@end multitable

@node GNUS Subject List,  , Gnus Summary Buffer, Gnus Features
@subsubsection GNUS Summary Buffer Enhancements

@i{This section is remarkably terse, as I don't have a copy of @b{GNUS}.
If anybody can provide more descriptive information, please let me
know.}

@example
(autoload 'bbdb/gnus-lines-and-from "bbdb-gnus")
(setq gnus-optional-headers 'bbdb/gnus-lines-and-from)
@end example

@table @code
@item bbdb/gnus-mark-known-posters
@vindex bbdb/gnus-mark-known-posters
@cindex GNUS Subject-buffer
If @code{t} (the default), then the @b{GNUS} subject list will contain an
indication of those messages posted by people who have entries in
the Insidious Big Brother Database (they will be marked with an
asterisk.) @refill

@cindex mark-char
You can change the character used to mark records on a record-by-record
basis by adding a @code{mark-char} property to the record, whose value 
is be the string to display (preferably one character.) @refill

@item bbdb/gnus-header-prefer-real-names
@vindex bbdb/gnus-header-prefer-real-names
Default: @code{nil}.  if @code{t}, then the @b{GNUS} subject list will
display real names instead of network addresses. @refill

@item bbdb/gnus-header-show-bbdb-names
@vindex bbdb/gnus-header-show-bbdb-names
Default: @code{t}.  If both this variable and 
the @code{bbdb/gnus-header-prefer-real-names} variable are true, then
for news messages from people who are in your database, the name displayed 
will be the primary name from the database, rather than the one from
the @samp{From:} line of the message.  This doesn't affect the names of
people who aren't in the database, of course.@refill

@item bbdb/gnus-lines-and-from-length
@vindex bbdb/gnus-lines-and-from-length
Default: 18.  The number of characters used to display @samp{From:} info in
@b{GNUS}, if you have set @code{gnus-optional-headers} to
@code{bbdb/gnus-lines-and-from}. @refill
@end table

@node VM Features,  , Gnus Features, Reader-specific Features
@subsection VM-specific features

The @b{BBDB} can be used to integrate database information into the
message summary.

@menu
* VM Message Summary::                  @b{BBDB} information in message summary
@end menu

@node VM Message Summary,  , VM Features, VM Features
@subsubsection VM Message Summary Enhancements

@vindex vm-summary-format
@findex vm-summary-function-B
@cindex %F
@cindex %UB
VM users can cause their summary buffer to display the name of the
message sender according to BBDB data, instead of according to the
contents of the current message's headers.  In VM 5.40 or later, use
the summary format control @code{%UB"} instead of @code{"%F"}, and the
current record name will be shown there if available.  If no entry is
found it behaves like @code{"%F"}.  See the documentation for
@code{vm-summary-format} for more details.  Warning, this may
significantly slow down summary generation for large folders.

@node Other Packages, Options, Reader-specific Features, Top
@section Using the @b{BBDB} with other packages

The @b{BBDB} adds functionality to several packages.  The following sections
detail these augmentations.

@menu
* Using Message Mode::          Using the @b{BBDB} with Message Mode
* Using Reportmail::            Using the @b{BBDB} with Reportmail
* Using Supercite::             Using the @b{BBDB} with Supercite
* Using Web Browsers::          Using the @b{BBDB} with Web Browsers
@end menu

@node Using Message Mode, Using Reportmail, Other Packages, Other Packages
@subsection Using the @b{BBDB} with Message Mode

At this time, the only feature the @b{BBDB} adds to Message mode is the binding
to @kbd{M-TAB} which allows for @b{BBDB} record completion.

@node Using Reportmail, Using Supercite, Using Message Mode, Other Packages
@subsection Using the @b{BBDB} with Reportmail

The @b{BBDB} can modify the @file{reportmail.el} package to use information
from @b{BBDB} records when identifying the senders or recipients of e-mail
messages.

In normal operation, Reportmail displays the name and net address sender and
recipient of incoming messages.  The @b{BBDB} can be configured to intercept
and rewrite this information before it appears in the Emacs mode-line.  It
first attempts to rewrite the sender and/or recipient information by
substituting those addresses with information from the @b{BBDB}. Replacement
information is first sought from the @code{mail-name} field in the respective
@b{BBDB} records.  If no such field is found, the @code{name} field is
returned.  If no @b{BBDB} record is found, no rewriting is performed.

The @b{BBDB}-Reportmail augmentation is accomplished through the advising of
the Reportmail @code{display-time-get-field} function in order to do
a-posteriori modification of the returned value.  The augmentation uses the
@code{bbdb/reportmail-alternate-full-name} function to retrieve data from the
@b{BBDB} for use in rewriting.

@node Using Supercite, Using Web Browsers, Using Reportmail, Other Packages
@subsection Using the @b{BBDB} with Supercite

@c <rewrite>

The @b{BBDB} can be used with Supercite to store attributions with @b{BBDB}
records.  Normally, when a non-default attribution is entered for a given
message, the entered attribution is used for that message, and is then
discarded.  When the @b{BBDB}-Supercite augmentation is enabled, the
non-default attribution will be added to the record (if any) for the entity
being cited.  This poor explanation sounds complicated, but it's not.  If a
message from @samp{Jamie Zawinski <jwz@@jwz.org>} is being replied to,
Supercite will, by default, suggest the citation @samp{Jamie}.  If the
non-default citation @samp{jwz} is entered, Supercite can save it with the
@b{BBDB} record for @samp{Jamie Zawinski} in the @code{attribution} field.

@c </rewrite>

The field used can be changed by changing the value of
@code{bbdb/sc-attribution-field}.

@node Using Web Browsers,  , Using Supercite, Other Packages
@subsection Using the @b{BBDB} with Web Browsers

The @b{BBDB}/Web Browser integration is in two parts, one which is
automatically enabled, and one which must be manually enabled (@pxref{Web
Browser Prep}).  The first feature added is the ability to display the URL
associated with a given record in a Web Browser.  The second is the ability to
add URLs to @b{BBDB} records from within W3, the Emacs Web Browser.

Pressing @kbd{W} in the @code{*BBDB*} buffer while the cursor is positioned
over a record with a @code{www} field will cause the first URL in the field to 
be loaded in a Web Browser.  This functionality uses @code{browse-url} to
display URLs - see the documentation for @code{browse-url} for information on
selecting the browser to be used.

If W3 is used, and if the @b{BBDB}/W3 functionality has been enabled as
described in @ref{Web Browser Prep}, pressing the @kbd{:} key will add the URL 
currently being displayed in W3 to a user-specified @b{BBDB} record.

@node Options, Utilities, Other Packages, Top
@section Options

There are many variables which control the behavior of the Insidious Big 
Brother Database, and there are many hook-variables which can be used to
modify its behavior in more complex ways.  Several pieces of functionality
are included which use the hooks in this way. @refill

@menu
* Customization Parameters::	Customization Parameters
* Customization Hooks::		Customization Hooks
* Predefined Hooks::		Predefined Hooks
@end menu

@node Customization Parameters, Customization Hooks, Options, Options
@subsection Customization Parameters

@table @code
@item bbdb-file
@vindex bbdb-file
The name of the file which contains your personal database.  Default:
@file{~/.bbdb}.

@item bbdb-default-area-code
@vindex bbdb-default-area-code
@cindex Phone numbers
The default area code to use when prompting for a new phone number.
Default: 415.  This must be a number, not a string.@refill

@item bbdb-north-american-phone-numbers-p
@vindex bbdb-north-american-phone-numbers-p
@cindex North American phone numbers
@cindex European phone numbers
Whether syntax-checking of phone numbers should be enforced.  Default:
@code{t}.  This only works for Bell-system phone numbers.  If this is true,
then you can't enter invalid phone numbers, and all phone numbers are
pretty-printed in the same way.  European phone numbers don't have as
strict a syntax, however, so this is a harder problem for them (on which
I am punting). @refill

You can have both styles of phone number in your database by providing a
prefix argument to the @code{bbdb-insert-new-field} command. @refill

@item bbdb-electric-p
@vindex bbdb-electric-p
@cindex Electric display
Whether bbdb mode should be @i{``electric''} like @code{electric-buffer-list}.
Default: @code{t}.  Basically this means that when you type space after 
@w{@kbd{M-x bbdb}}, your window configuration will be restored to what it was
before you invoked the db list.  (The @code{bbdb-mode} commands still work as 
well.) @refill

There are some problems with electric modes; for example, keyboard
macros and incremental search don't work.  (This is not a bug in BBDB,
but in @file{electric.el}.)@refill

@item bbdb-case-fold-search
@vindex bbdb-case-fold-search
Default: the same as @code{case-fold-search}.  @code{case-fold-search} is 
bound to this by @w{@kbd{M-x bbdb}} and related commands.  This variable lets
the case-sensitivity of @kbd{^S} and of the bbdb searching commands be
different.

@item bbdb/mail-auto-create-p
@vindex bbdb/mail-auto-create-p
If this is @code{t} (the default), then @b{VM}, @b{MH}, and @b{RMAIL}
will automatically create new bbdb records for people you receive mail
from.  If this variable is a function name or lambda expression, then it
is called with no arguments to decide whether an entry should be
automatically created.  You can use this to, for example, not create
records for messages which have reached you through a particular mailing
list, or to only create records automatically if the mail has a
particular subject.  See the variables
@code{bbdb-ignore-most-messages-alist} and
@code{bbdb-ignore-some-messages-alist} (@xref{Predefined Hooks}) @refill

@item bbdb/news-auto-create-p
@vindex bbdb/news-auto-create-p
@cindex Automatically creating records
If this is @code{t} (default: @code{nil}), then @b{GNUS} will
automatically create new @b{BBDB} records for people you read messages
by.  If this is a function name or lambda expression, then it is called
with no arguments to decide whether an entry should be automatically
created.  You can use this to, for example, create or not create
messages which have a particular subject.  See the variable
@code{bbdb-auto-notes-alist} (@xref{Predefined Hooks}). @refill

If you want to autocreate messages based on the current newsgroup, it's
probably a better idea to set this variable to @code{t} or @code{nil} from your
@code{gnus-select-group-hook} instead. @refill

To automatically remember users in certain groups, you can do something 
like @refill
@example
@exdent (setq gnus-select-group-hook
@exdent   '(lambda ()
@exdent      (setq bbdb/news-auto-create-p
@exdent            (or (string= "some.news.group" gnus-newsgroup-name)
@exdent                (string= "other.news.group" gnus-newsgroup-name)))))
@end example

@item bbdb-quiet-about-name-mismatches
@vindex bbdb-quiet-about-name-mismatches
If this is false (the default), then @b{BBDB} will prompt you when it notices a
name change, that is, when the ``real name'' in a message doesn't correspond
to a record already in the database with the same network address.  As in,
@w{@i{``John Smith <jqs@@frob.com>''}} versus
@w{@i{``John Q. Smith <jqs@@frob.com>''.}}  If this is true, then you will
not be asked if you want to change it (and it will not be changed.) @refill

@item bbdb-use-alternate-names
@vindex bbdb-use-alternate-names
@cindex Alternate names
@cindex AKA
If this is false, then the @b{BBDB} will not use the @b{AKA} field.
Otherwise (the default) then the mail and news interfaces will ask you
if you want to add an alternate name when a name-change is noticed, and
will ask you whether the new name should be made the primary one.
Note that if @code{bbdb-quiet-about-name-mismatches} is true, you will
not be asked any questions about alternate names.

@item bbdb-readonly-p
@vindex bbdb-readonly-p
If this is true (default: @code{nil}), then nothing will attempt to change the
database implicitly, and you will be prevented from doing it
explicitly.  If you have more than one emacs running at the same time,
you might want to arrange for this to be set to @code{t} in all but one of
them. @refill

@item bbdb-auto-revert-p
@vindex bbdb-auto-revert-p
If this variable is true (default: @code{nil}) and the @b{BBDB} file is noticed to
have changed on disk, it will be automatically reverted without
prompting you first.  Otherwise you will be asked.  (But if the file has
changed and you have made changes in memory as well, you will always be
asked.) @refill

@item bbdb-notice-auto-save-file
@vindex bbdb-notice-auto-save-file
@cindex Auto-save files
If this is true (default: @code{nil}), then the @b{BBDB} will notice when its
auto-save file is newer than the file is was read from, and will offer
to revert. @refill

@item bbdb-use-pop-up
@vindex bbdb-use-pop-up
@cindex Automatic display of the corresponding record
If true (the default), display a continuously-updating @b{BBDB}
window while in @b{VM}, @b{MH}, @b{RMAIL}, or @b{GNUS}.
Each time a new message is selected, the record corresponding to
that message's sender will be displayed in another window.  The
buffer in this other window will be in bbdb-mode, and all
corresponding commands will be available. @refill

This buffer will be positioned on the screen by finding the tallest
of the windows present, and splitting it such that the bottom
@code{bbdb-pop-up-target-lines} lines of the window display the
@samp{*BBDB*} buffer.  With the default configurations of @b{VM},
@b{MH}, @b{RMAIL}, and @b{GNUS}, this means that the bbdb-list
buffer will be just below the message-body buffer. @refill

If this is the symbol @code{horiz}, then the @b{BBDB} window will be
stacked horizontally instead of vertically, if there is room to do that
tastefully. @refill

@item bbdb-pop-up-target-lines
@vindex bbdb-pop-up-target-lines
Desired number of lines in a @b{VM/MH/RMAIL/GNUS} pop-up @b{BBDB} window,
default 5. @refill

@item bbdb-completion-type
@vindex bbdb-completion-type
@cindex Completion
@cindex Name completion
@cindex Mail address completion
@cindex Address completion
Controls the behavior of the @code{bbdb-complete-name} command.  If @code{nil}
(the default), completion is done across the set of all full-names and
user-ids in the database; if the symbol @code{name}, completion is
done on real-names only; if the symbol @code{net}, completion is done
on network addresses only; if it is @code{primary}, then completion is
done only across the set of primary network addresses (the first address
in the list of addresses for a given user).  If it is
@code{primary-or-name}, completion is done across primaries and real
names. @refill

@item bbdb-user-mail-names
@vindex bbdb-user-mail-names
A regular expression identifying the addresses that belong to you.  If a
message from an address matching this is seen, the @b{BBDB} record for the
@samp{To:} line will be shown instead of the one for the @samp{From:}
line.  If this is @code{nil}, it will default to the value of
@code{(user-login-name)}. @refill

@item bbdb-always-add-addresses
@vindex bbdb-always-add-addresses
If this is @code{t}, then whenever the Insidious Big Brother Database
notices a new email address corresponding to a person who is in the
database, it will add it to the database.  If this is @code{nil} (the
default), then whenever a new network address is noticed for a person in
the database, you will be asked whether to add the address.  If this is
the symbol @code{never} (really if it is not @code{t} and not @code{nil})
then new network addresses will never be automatically added. @refill

@item bbdb-new-nets-always-primary
@vindex bbdb-new-nets-always-primary
If this is @code{t}, then when the Insidious Big Brother Database adds a new
address to a record, it will always add it to the front of the list of
addresses, making it the primary address.  If this is @code{nil} (the default),
then you will be asked.  If this is the symbol @code{never} (really if
it is not @code{t} and not @code{nil}) then new network addresses will
always be added to the end of the list. @refill

@item bbdb-canonicalize-redundant-nets-p
@vindex bbdb-canonicalize-redundant-nets-p
If this is non-@code{nil}, redundant network addresses will be ignored.
If a record has an address of the form @code{foo@@baz.com}, setting this
to @code{t} will cause subsequently-noticed addresses 
like @code{foo@@bar.baz.com} to be ignored (since we already have a more
general form of that address.)  This is similar in function to one of
the possible uses of the variable @code{bbdb-canonicalize-net-hook}
but is somewhat more automatic.  (This can't quite be implemented in
terms of the canonicalize-net-hook because it needs access to the
database to determine whether an address is redundant, and the
canonicalize-net-hook is purely a textual manipulation which is
performed before any database access.)

@item bbdb-message-caching-enabled
@vindex bbdb-message-caching-enabled
Whether caching of the message->bbdb-record association should be
used for the interfaces which support it (@b{VM}, @b{MH}, and
@b{RMAIL}).  This can speed things up a lot.  One implication of
this variable being true (the default) is that the
@code{bbdb-notice-hook} will not be called each time a message is
selected, but only the first time.  Likewise, if selecting a message
would generate a question (whether to add an address, change the
name, etc) you will only be asked that question the very first time
the message is selected. @refill

@item bbdb-elided-display
@vindex bbdb-elided-display
Default: @code{nil}.  Set this to @code{t} to make the bbdb-display commands
default to displaying one line per record instead of a full listing.
Set this to a list of some of the symbols @code{'(address phone net
notes)} to select those fields to be left out of the listing (you can't
leave out the name field). @refill

This is the default state for @w{@kbd{M-x bbdb}} and friends.  You can have a
different default for when the @b{BBDB} buffer is automatically updated by the
mail and news interfaces by setting the variable
@code{bbdb-pop-up-elided-display}.  If that variable is unbound, this
variable will be consulted instead.@refill

@item bbdb-pop-up-elided-display
@vindex bbdb-pop-up-elided-display
Default: unbound.  Set this to @code{t} if to make the pop-up @b{BBDB} buffer
default to displaying one line per record instead of a full listing.
Set this to a list of some of the symbols @code{'(address phone net
notes)} to select those fields to be left out of the listing (you can't
leave out the name field). @refill

The default state for @w{@kbd{M-x bbdb}} and friends is controlled by the
variable @code{bbdb-elided-display}; this variable is the default for
when the @b{BBDB} buffer is automatically updated by the mail and news
interfaces.  If bbdb-pop-up-elided-display is unbound, then
bbdb-elided-display the former will be consulted instead by mail and
news.@refill

@item bbdb-offer-save
@vindex bbdb-offer-save
If @code{t} (the default), then certain actions will cause the @b{BBDB} to
ask you whether you wish to save the database.  If @code{nil}, then the
offer to save will never be made.  If not @code{t} and not @code{nil}, then
any time it would ask you, it will just save it without asking. @refill

@end table

@node Customization Hooks, Predefined Hooks, Customization Parameters, Options
@subsection Customization Hooks

All of the hooks variables described below may be set to a symbol or
lambda expression, which will be funcalled; or may be set to a list of
symbols or lambda expressions, each of which will be funcalled in turn.
Almost all hooks in Emacs work this way.  But notice that some of the
hooks described below are called with arguments.

@table @code
@item bbdb-list-hook
@vindex bbdb-list-hook
Hook or hooks invoked after the bbdb-list-buffer is filled in.  Invoked
with no arguments. @refill

@item bbdb-create-hook
@vindex bbdb-create-hook
Hook or hooks invoked each time a new bbdb-record is created.  Invoked
with one argument, the new record.  This is called @emph{before} the record is 
added to the database.  Note that @code{bbdb-change-hook} will be called as
well. @refill

@item bbdb-change-hook
@vindex bbdb-change-hook
Hook or hooks invoked each time a bbdb-record is altered.  Invoked with
one argument, the record.  This is called @emph{before} the database buffer
is modified.  Note that if a new bbdb record is created, both this hook and
@code{bbdb-create-hook} will be called. @refill

@item bbdb-mode-hook
@vindex bbdb-mode-hook
Hook or hooks invoked when the @samp{*BBDB*} buffer is created.

@item bbdb-notice-hook
@vindex bbdb-notice-hook
Hook or hooks invoked each time a bbdb-record is ``noticed,'' that
is, each time it is displayed by the news or mail interfaces.
Invoked with one argument, the new record.  The record need not have
been modified for this to be called - use @code{bbdb-change-hook} for that.
You can use this to, for example, add something to the notes field
based on the subject of the current message.  It is up to your hook
to determine whether it is running in @b{GNUS}, @b{VM},
@b{MH}, or @b{RMAIL}, and to act appropriately. @refill

Also note that @code{bbdb-change-hook} will @emph{not} be called as a
result of any modifications you may make to the record inside this
hook. @refill

Beware that if the variable @code{bbdb-message-caching-enabled} is
true (a good idea) then when you are using @b{VM}, @b{MH}, or
@b{RMAIL}, this hook will be called only the first time that
message is selected.  (The @b{GNUS} interface does not use caching.)
When debugging the value of this hook, it is a good idea to set
caching-enabled to @code{nil}. @refill

@item bbdb-after-read-db-hook
@vindex bbdb-after-read-db-hook
Hook or hooks invoked (with no arguments) just after the Insidious Big 
Brother Database is read in.  Note that this can be called more than once if 
the @b{BBDB} is reverted.  One possible use for this is to rename the 
@file{.bbdb} buffer; for example @refill

@code{(setq bbdb-after-read-db-hook '(lambda () (rename-buffer " bbdb")))}

@noindent
will cause the buffer visiting the @code{bbdb-file} to be
called @w{@code{" bbdb"}}.  The leading space in its name will prevent
it from showing up in the buffer list.

@item bbdb-load-hook
@vindex bbdb-load-hook
Hook or hooks invoked (with no arguments) when the Insidious Big Brother 
Database code is first loaded.  WARNING:  Slow functions should not be
put on this hook, as the @b{BBDB} code will, if not loaded before, be
loaded during the first use of @b{BBDB}-related Customization
functions.  Slow functions should be put on @code{bbdb-initialize-hook}.

@item bbdb-initialize-hook
@vindex bbdb-initialize-hook
@findex bbdb-initialize
Hook or hooks invoked (with no arguments) when the
@code{bbdb-initialize} function is called.

@item bbdb-canonicalize-net-hook
@vindex bbdb-canonicalize-net-hook
If this is non-@code{nil}, it should be a function of one argument: a
network address string.  (Note that, unlike the other hook-variables
described above, this may not be a list of functions.)  Whenever the
Insidious Big Brother Database ``notices'' a message, the corresponding
network address will be passed to this function first, as a kind of
``filter'' to do whatever transformations upon it you like before it is
compared against or added to the database.  For example: it is the case
that @code{CS.CMU.EDU} is a valid return address for all mail
originating at a machine in the @code{.CS.CMU.EDU} domain.  So, if you
wanted all such addresses to be canonically hashed as
@code{user@@CS.CMU.EDU}, instead of as @code{user@@somehost.CS.CMU.EDU},
you might set this variable to a function like this: @refill

@example
(setq bbdb-canonicalize-net-hook
     '(lambda (addr)
        (cond ((string-match
                 "\\`\\([^@@]+@@\\).*\\.\\(CS\\.CMU\\.EDU\\)\\'"
                 addr)
               (concat (substring addr
                         (match-beginning 1) (match-end 1))
                       (substring addr
                         (match-beginning 2) (match-end 2))))
              (t addr))))
@end example

You could also use this function to rewrite UUCP-style addresses into
domain-style addresses, or any number of other things.@refill

This function will be called repeatedly until it returns a value EQ to the
value passed in.  So multiple rewrite rules might apply to a single
address.@refill

There is an example of the use of this variable in the 
file @file{bbdb-hooks.el}: the function
@code{sample-bbdb-canonicalize-net-hook}.@refill
@end table

@vindex bbdb-change-hook
@findex bbdb-delete-redundant-nets
The @code{bbdb-canonicalize-net-hook} is powerful in that it allows
arbitrary rewriting of addresses, however, in many cases that is
overkill.  The function @code{bbdb-delete-redundant-nets} can be
used as a value of @code{bbdb-change-hook} to cause network addresses
which appear to be ``redundant'' to be deleted each time a modification
is made to a record. @refill

This works as follows: suppose one gets mail from @code{user@@foo.bar.com},
and then later gets mail from @code{user@@bar.com}.  At this point, one 
can generally delete the @code{user@@foo.bar.com} address, since the 
@code{user@@bar.com} address is more general.  (See also the 
variable `bbdb-canonicalize-redundant-nets-p', which has the effect of
ignoring subsequent addresses from @code{user@@quux.bar.com} if the
address @code{user@@bar.com} is already known.)@refill

@node Predefined Hooks,  , Customization Hooks, Options
@subsection Predefined Hooks

@findex bbdb-timestamp-hook
@cindex Timestamping records
If the variable @code{bbdb-change-hook} is set to the symbol
@code{bbdb-timestamp-hook} (the default), then every record in the
database will have a field named @samp{timestamp}, which will always
contain the date and time at which this record was created or last
modified.

@findex bbdb-creation-date-hook
If the variable @code{bbdb-create-hook} is set to the symbol
@code{bbdb-creation-date-hook} (the default), then every record in the
database will have a field named @samp{creation-date}, which will
contain the date and time at which this record was added to the
database.

@findex bbdb-ignore-most-messages-hook
@vindex bbdb-ignore-most-messages-alist
@cindex Automatically creating records
If the variable @code{bbdb/mail-auto-create-p} is set to the symbol 
@code{bbdb-ignore-most-messages-hook}, then the variable 
@code{bbdb-ignore-most-messages-alist} will determine which messages
should have records automatically created for them.  The format of this
alist is @refill
@example
(( @var{HEADER-NAME} . @var{REGEXP} ) @dots{} )
@end example
@noindent
for example,
@example
(("From" . "@@.*\\.maximegalon\\.edu")
 ("Subject" . "time travel"))
@end example

@noindent
will cause @b{BBDB} entries to be made only for messages sent by
people at Maximegalon U., or (that's @emph{or}) people posting
about time travel. @refill

There may be only one entry per header in this alist: that is, @refill

@example
(("From" . "addr1\\|addr2") @dots{} )
@end example

@noindent
is legal, but

@example
(("From" . "addr1") ("From" . "addr2") @dots{} )
@end example

@noindent
is not.

@vindex bbdb/mail-auto-create-p
@vindex bbdb/news-auto-create-p
@findex bbdb-ignore-some-messages-hook
@vindex bbdb-ignore-some-messages-alist
If the variable @code{bbdb/mail-auto-create-p} is set to the symbol 
@code{bbdb-ignore-some-messages-hook}, then the variable 
@code{bbdb-ignore-some-messages-alist} will determine which messages
should have records automatically created for them.  This is the exact
inverse of the semantics of the @code{bbdb-ignore-most-messages-alist}:
the alist specifies which messages should @emph{not} have records 
automatically created for them, instead of which should.  For 
example, @refill

@example
(("From" . "mailer.daemon")
 ("To" . "mailing-list-1\\|mailing-list-2")
 ("CC" . "mailing-list-1\\|mailing-list-2"))
@end example

@noindent
will cause @b{BBDB} entries to not be made for messages from any mailer daemon,
or messages sent to or @b{CC}ed to either of two mailing lists. @refill

The variable @code{bbdb/news-auto-create-p} may be set to either of the 
above-mentioned functions as well, to get this behavior for netnews 
messages instead of mail messages.@refill

@vindex bbdb-notice-hook
@vindex bbdb-auto-notes-alist
@cindex Automatically adding text to records
If the variable @code{bbdb-notice-hook} is set to the symbol 
@code{bbdb-auto-notes-hook}, then the variable @code{bbdb-auto-notes-alist}
may be used to automatically add text to the notes fields of the records
corresponding to certain messages.  The format of this alist is @refill

@example
(( @var{HEADER-NAME}
   (@var{REGEXP} . @var{STRING}) @dots{} )
    @dots{} )
@end example

@noindent
for example,

@example
(("To" ("-vm@@" . "VM mailing list"))
 ("Subject" ("sprocket" . "mail about sprockets")
            ("you bonehead" . "called me a bonehead")))
@end example

@noindent
will cause the text @code{"VM mailing list"} to be added to the notes field of
the record corresponding to anyone you get mail from via one of the @b{VM}
mailing lists.  If, that is, @code{bbdb/mail-auto-create-p} is set such
that the record would have been created, or if the record already
existed.@refill

The format of elements of this list may also be 

@example
(@var{REGEXP} @var{FIELD-NAME} @var{STRING})
@end example
@noindent
or
@example
(@var{REGEXP} @var{FIELD-NAME} @var{STRING} @var{REPLACE-P})
@end example

@noindent
meaning add the given string to the named field.  The field-name may not
be @samp{name}, @samp{aka}, @samp{address}, @samp{phone}, or @samp{net} 
(builtin fields) but must be either @samp{notes}, @samp{company}, or the
name of a user-defined note-field. @refill

@example
("pattern" . "string to add")
@end example

@noindent
is equivalent to

@example
("pattern" notes "string to add")
@end example

@noindent
@var{STRING} can contain @code{\&} or @code{\N} escapes like in the function
@code{replace-match}.  For example, to automatically add the contents of the
@b{organization} field of a message to the @code{company} field of a @b{BBDB}
record, you can use this: @refill

@example
("Organization" (".*" company "\\&"))
@end example

@noindent
(Note you need two \ to get a single \ into a lisp string literal.)

If STRING is an integer @i{N}, the @i{N}th matching subexpression is
used, so the above example could be written more efficiently as @refill

@example
("Organization" (".*" company 0))
@end example

If STRING is neither a string or an integer, it should be a function
which is called with the contents of the field, and the result of the
function call is used.

If the @var{REPLACE-P} flag is true, then the string replaces the old
contents instead of being appended to it.

If multiple clauses match the message, all of the corresponding strings
will be added. @refill

If the string is being appended (@var{REPLACE-P} is false or not
provided) then the new string is appended to the end of the existing
field value, with an intervening newline.  So each piece of text
automatically added to this field will go on its own line. @refill

You can control what the separator is by putting a @code{field-separator}
property on the symbol naming the field.  For example, to make text
automatically added to a field named @code{newsgroups} be separated by
commas, you could do @refill

@example
(put 'newsgroups 'field-separator "; ")
@end example

This variable works for news as well.  You might want to arrange for 
this to have a different value when in mail as when in news. @refill

There may be only one entry per header in this alist: that is,@refill

@example
 (("Subject" ("\\bfoo\\b" . "Foo!!")
             ("bar" . "Bar!")))
@end example

@noindent
will work, but

@example
 (("Subject" ("\\bfoo\\b" . "Foo!!"))
  ("Subject" ("bar" . "Bar!")))
@end example

@noindent
will not.

Here's a more complicated example: some people include bitmaps of
themselves in their mail messages in an @b{X-Face:} header field.
You can capture this field into the @samp{*BBDB*} with the 
following:

@example
(setq bbdb-auto-notes-alist
      (append bbdb-auto-notes-alist
              (list "x-face"
                    (list (concat "[ \t\n]*\\([^ \t\n]*\\)"
                                  "\\([ \t\n]+\\([^ \t\n]+\\)\\)?"
                                  "\\([ \t\n]+\\([^ \t\n]+\\)\\)?"
                                  "\\([ \t\n]+\\([^ \t\n]+\\)\\)?"
                                  )
                          'face
                          "\\1\\3\\5\\7"))))
@end example

@noindent
(The calls to @code{list} and @code{concat} are just for readability, it
could easily be a constant.)  The tricky bit here is that it strips out
the newlines and whitespace used for header continuation, which are not
actually a part of the face data.  So though the mail message may have
the face data on multiple lines, the entry in the @samp{*BBDB*} will
be just one line.

@vindex bbdb-auto-notes-ignore
@code{bbdb-auto-notes-ignore} is an alist of headers and regexps to
ignore in @code{bbdb-auto-notes-hook}.  Each element looks like @refill

@example
(@var{HEADER} . @var{REGEXP})
@end example

@noindent
for example,

@example
("Organization" . "^Gatewayed from\\|^Source only")
@end example

@noindent
would exclude the phony @code{Organization:} headers in GNU mailing-lists
gatewayed to the @code{gnu.*} newsgroups.  Note that this exclusion
applies only to a single field, not to the entire message.  For that,
use the variable @code{bbdb-auto-notes-ignore-all}.

@vindex bbdb-auto-notes-ignore-all
@code{bbdb-auto-notes-ignore-all} is an alist of headers and regexps 
which cause the entire message to be ignored in @code{bbdb-auto-notes-hook}.
Each element looks like @refill

@example
(@var{HEADER} . @var{REGEXP})
@end example

@noindent
for example,

@example
("From" . "BLAT\\.COM")
@end example

@noindent
would exclude any notes recording for message coming from @code{BLAT.COM}.
Note that this is different from @code{bbdb-auto-notes-ignore}, which
applies only to a particular header field, rather than the entire message.

@node Utilities, Internals, Options, Top
@section Utilities

This section describes @b{BBDB} functionality that does not fit neatly into
other sections.

@menu
* bbdb-ftp::                    Storing FTP sites in the @b{BBDB}
* bbdb-print::                  Print the @b{BBDB}
* bbdb-snarf::                  Record generation from raw text
* bbdb-srv::                    External control of the @b{BBDB}
@end menu

@node bbdb-ftp
@subsection @code{bbdb-ftp}
@cindex Storing FTP sites in the BBDB
@findex bbdb-ftp

The @code{bbdb-ftp} utility enables the storage of FTP sites as @b{BBDB}
records.  The @code{bbdb-create-ftp-site} function is used to create a
@b{BBDB} record for an FTP site.  The command will prompt for information
needed to create the record.  The FTP site for a given record can be accessed
with the @code{bbdb-ftp} command.

@node bbdb-print, bbdb-snarf, bbdb-ftp, Utilities
@subsection @code{bbdb-print}
@cindex Printing records in the database
@findex bbdb-print

@code{bbdb-print} is a utility for pretty-printing entries from the @b{BBDB}
using TeX.  It is invoked by pressing @kbd{P} in the @code{*BBDB*} buffer -
this will cause all records in the @b{BBDB} to be printed as governed by the
variables described below.  If @kbd{P} is prefixed by a @kbd{*}, only the
currently-displayed records will be printed.  Once invoked, @code{bbdb-print}
will generate the TeX output in a buffer named @file{~/bbdb.tex} (controlled
by @code{bbdb-print-file-name}).  The generated output will be shown, and must
be @b{manually} saved.

For each record printed, @code{bbdb-print} will look for the presence of the
@code{tex-name} field.  If this field is found, its value will be printied
instead of the @code{name} field for the record in question.  This field is
intended to allow the storage of names with accents or other characters that
would be illegal in the address portion of a message.  While other fields have 
special characters quoted by @code{bbdb-print} as described below, the
contents of the @code{tex-name} field (if present) are used verbatim.

The following variables govern the printing of records (and of the printing of
the fields therein):

@table @code
@item bbdb-print-elide
@vindex bbdb-print-elide
This variable should be set to a list of the fields that are not to be printed 
by @code{bbdb-print}.  It defaults to:@*
@center @code{(tex-name aka mail-alias)}

@item bbdb-print-file-name
@vindex bbd-print-file-name
The name of the file where generated TeX output is to be stored.  The default
is @file{~/bbdb.tex}.

@item bbdb-print-require
@vindex bbdb-print-require
The fields required for printing a record.  This allows, for example, only
records with phone numbers to be printed.  The value of the value of the
variable will be evaluated once for each record, and the record will be
printed only if the evaluation returns a non-nil value.  The symbols
@code{name}, @code{company}, @code{net}, @code{phone}, @code{address}, and
@code{notes} will be set to the appropriate values during evaluation; they
will be nil if the field does not exist or is elided.

The value of this variable can be any lisp expression, but typically
it will be used for a boolean combination of the field variables, as
in the following simple examples:

@itemize @bullet
@item Print only people whose phone numbers are known:@*
@center @code{(setq bbdb-print-require 'phone)}
@item Print people whose names AND companies are known:@*
@center @code{(setq bbdb-print-require '(and name company))}
@item Print people whose names, and either addresses OR phone numbers are
known:@*
@center @code{(setq bbdb-print-require '(and name (or address phone))).}

The default value is:@*
@center @code{(or address phone)}
@end itemize

@item bbdb-print-alist
@vindex bbdb-print-alist
Formatting options for all formats of @code{bbdb-print}.  The value is an
alist of the form@*
@center @code{((@var{OPTION} . @var{VALUE}) (@var{OPTION} . @var{VALUE}) ...)}

Separate settings can be configured using @code{bbdb-print-brief-alist} and
@code{bbdb-print-full-alist}.  Settings in these variables will override the
ones in @code{bbdb-print-alist}.

The possible options and legal settings are:
@table @code
@item columns
@code{1}, @code{2}, @code{3}, @code{4}, @code{quad} (4 little
2-column pages per sheet) or @code{grid} (12 credit-card-sized pages per
sheet).

@item separator
@code{0}-@code{7}, the style of heading for each letter.  @code{0}=none,
@code{1}=line, @code{2}=boxed letters, @code{3}=large boxed letters,
@code{4}=large letters, @code{5}=letters with lines, @code{6}=letters with
suits, @code{7}=boxed letters with suits.

@item omit-area-code
A regular expression matching area codes to omit.

@item phone-on-first-line
If @code{t}, the first phone number will be put on the same line as the name.
If @code{nil}, the name will be the only text on the line.  If set to a
string, the field of type @code{phone} whose name matches the string will be
used.  The string should be a valid regular expression.

@item n-phones
Maximum number of phone numbers to include.

@item n-addresses
Maximum number of addresses to include.

@item include-files
List of TeX files to @code{\input}.  If the filenames are not absolute, the
files must be located somewhere in the TeX input path.

@item ps-fonts
Postscript fonts will be used if the value is non-@code{nil}.  Standard TeX
fonts will be used otherwise.  

@item font-size
The integer point size of the font to be used.

@item hsize
The horizontal dimension of the pages.  The value must be a string, and must
be a valid TeX dimension.  Alternatively, the TeX default will be used if the
value is @code{nil}.

@item vsize
The vertical dimension of the pages.  The value must be a string, and must
be a valid TeX dimension.  Alternatively, the TeX default will be used if the
value is @code{nil}.

@item hoffset
The TeX output will be offset to the right by the value of this option.  The
value must be either a string containing a valid TeX dimension or @code{nil}
or @code{0} to use the default TeX horizontal offset.

@item voffset
The TeX output will be offset downward by the value of this option.  The
value must be either a string containing a valid TeX dimension or @code{nil}
or @code{0} to use the default TeX vertical offset.

@item quad-hsize
Horizontal size to be used for the individual pages in the quad format.  The
value must be a string containing a valid TeX dimension.

@item quad-vsize
Vertical size to be used for the individual pages in the quad format.  The
value must be a string containing a valid TeX dimension.
@end table

The default value is
@example
((omit-area-code . "(@var{AREA-CODE})")
 (phone-on-first-line . "^[ \t]*$")
 (ps-fonts . nil)
 (font-size . 6)
 (quad-hsize . "3.15in")
 (quad-vsize . "4.5in"))
@end example

Where @var{AREA-CODE} is the value of @code{bbdb-default-area-code} or
@samp{000} if there is no default area code.

@item bbdb-print-brief-alist
@vindex bbdb-print-brief-alist
Extra options for the @code{bbdb-print} brief format.  The value(s) of
this variable can either supplement or override the values in
@code{bbdb-print-alist}.  The format and possible values of this variable are
as in @code{bbdb-print-alist}, described above.

The default value is
@example
((columns . 1) 
 (separator . 1)
 (n-phones . 2)
 (n-addresses . 1)
 (include-files "bbdb-print-brief" "bbdb-cols"))
@end example

@item bbdb-print-full-alist
@vindex bbdb-print-full-alist
Extra options for the @code{bbdb-print} non-brief format.  The value(s) of
this variable can either supplement or override the values in
@code{bbdb-print-alist}.  The format and possible values of this variable are
as in @code{bbdb-print-alist}, described above.

The default value is
@example
((columns . 3) 
 (separator . 2)
 (include-files "bbdb-print" "bbdb-cols"))
@end example

@item bbdb-print-prolog
@vindex bbdb-print-prolog
TeX statements to include at the beginning of the @code{bbdb-print} output
file.

@item bbdb-print-epilog
@vindex bbdb-print-epilog
TeX statements to include at the end of the @code{bbdb-print} output file.

@end table

@node bbdb-snarf, bbdb-srv, bbdb-print, Utilities
@subsection @code{bbdb-snarf}

@code{bbdb-snarf} provides the ability to generate @b{BBDB} records from raw
text.  If invoked as @code{bbdb-snarf}, it attempts to generate the record
from the information around point (the cursor).  If invoked as
@code{bbdb-snarf-region}@footnote{@code{bbdb-snarf} is actually a wrapper for
@code{bbdb-snarf-region} that determines the relevant region and passes it
on.}, the active region is used to generate the record.

@noindent @b{Restrictions:}

@enumerate
@item
@code{bbdb-snarf} currently recognizes only US-style phone numbers.
@item
@code{bbdb-snarf} works best with things that look like mailing addresses.
@end enumerate

@noindent Example of an address that @code{bbdb-snarf} will recognize:

@example
another test person
1234 Gridley St.
Los Angeles, CA 91342
555-1212
test@@person.net
http://www.foo.bar/
other stuff about this person
@end example

@node bbdb-srv,  , bbdb-snarf, Utilities
@subsection @code{bbdb-srv}

@code{bbdb-srv} provides the ability to initiate the display of @b{BBDB}
records from outside of Emacs.  This allows external programs to cause
the @b{BBDB} record for a given person to appear in the running Emacs
when, for example, mail is recieved from that person.  One specific
application, described below, is the integration of Netscape and the
@b{BBDB}, allowing the display of @b{BBDB} records corresponding to Mail
and/or News messages displayed in Netscape.

@code{bbdb-srv} is composed of two parts - an external Perl script
(@file{utils/bbdb-srv.pl}), and an Emacs Lisp file
(@file{lisp/bbdb-srv.el}).  The external portion is used to send
commands to the internal portion.

@b{NOTE:} @code{bbdb-srv} requires @code{gnuserv} and @code{itimer},
both included with XEmacs. @code{gnuserv} must be started with the
@code{gnuserv-start} command before @code{bbdb-srv} can be used.

In it's most basic form, mail or news headers are passed to the Perl
script.  The Perl script then causes the @b{BBDB} record (if any)
corresponding to the passed headers to be displayed in the running
Emacs.  While @code{bbdb-srv} will operate with just a @samp{From:}
field, it works better when passed both @samp{From:} and @samp{To:}
headers.  When @code{bbdb-srv} notices that the logged-in user is named
in the @samp{From:} header, it will attempt to display the record (if
any) for the person named in the @samp{To:} header.  If no @samp{To:}
header is passed, it falls back on the record (if any) for the logged-in 
user (the person named in the @samp{From:} header).

An example manual invocation of @code{bbdb-srv} is as follows:

@example
% cat |bbdb-srv.pl
From: Jamie Zawinski <jwz@@jwz.org>
To: Matt Simmons <simmonmt@@acm.org>
@key{CTRL-D}
@end example

If the invoking user is Jamie Zawinski, the record for Matt Simmons (if
any) will be displayed.  If the invoking user is not Jamie Zawinski, the 
record for Jamie Zawinski (if any) will be displayed.

As mentioned above @code{bbdb-srv} can be used with Netscape Mail and
Netscape News.  Please note that it can only be used with the UNIX
versions 3.0b2 and greater of these applications.  To allow Netscape to
use @code{bbdb-srv}, set the @samp{NS_MSG_DISPLAY_HOOK} variable to
@code{bbdb-srv.pl}@footnote{Use the full path to @code{bbdb-srv.pl} if
it is not in the default path.} as follows:

@noindent Bourne Shell (@file{/bin/sh}) and variants:
@example
# NS_MSG_DISPLAY_HOOK bbdb-srv.pl
# export NS_MSG_DISPLAY_HOOK
@end example

@noindent C-Shell (@file{/bin/csh}) and variants:
@example
% setenv NS_MSG_DISPLAY_HOOK bbdb-srv.pl
@end example

The following variables can be used to customize the behavior of
@code{bbdb-srv}:

@table @code
@vindex bbdb/srv-auto-create-p
@item bbdb/srv-auto-create-p
This variable is similar to @code{bbdb/news-auto-create-p} and
@code{bbdb/mail-auto-create-p}.  That is, when headers are passed in to
@code{bbdb-srv}, a new @b{BBDB} record can be created if none exists,
depending on the value of this variable.  Possible values are:
@table @asis
@item @code{t}
Automatically create new @b{BBDB} records if the headers passed in do
not correspond to an already-existing record.
@item @code{nil}
Do not automatically create new @b{BBDB} records.
@item @var{FUNCTION}
@var{FUNCTION} is called.  If it returns @code{t}, a record will be
created for the person named in the @samp{From:} header.  If it returns
@code{nil}, no record will be created.

A suggested function for use is
@code{bbdb/srv-auto-create-mail-news-dispatcher}.  This function will
attempt to determine the source of the passed headers - whether they
were part of a mail message or of a news article.  The action (if any)
dictated by the value of either @code{bbdb/mail-auto-create-p} or
@code{bbdb/news-auto-create-p}, based on the determined source of the
passed headers.

@end table

@vindex bbdb/srv-display-delay
@item bbdb/srv/display-delay
@code{bbdb-srv} pauses between displaying the records corresponding to
each passed set of headers.  This variable controls the length of time
(in seconds) of the delay between the display of different records.
Note when setting this variable that only one set of headers can be
queued at a time.  If three sets of headers are passed to
@code{bbdb-srv} in less than the delay time, only the first and last
will be displayed.
@end table

@node Internals, Mailing Lists, Utilities, Top
@section Internals

@b{This section is currently a dumping ground for things that should
eventually go here, but were found elsewhere in the file.}

@b{INFORMATION IN THIS SECTION IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.  IT
SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS DOCUMENTATION OF AN EXTERNAL API.  EVERYTHING
LISTED BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE}

The first time you use
one of the @b{BBDB} commands, this file is read into an emacs buffer, and
remains there.  As you make changes to the database, this buffer is
changed as well, ensuring that if it is auto-saved, it will be saved in
its most current state. @refill

@subsection BBDB data file format

The data file is arranged in a hierarchical fashion.  At the top level
are vectors, with one vector per database record.  It is @b{very}
important that each vector be on its own line, as the BBDB builds and
stores markers based on this layout.  The markers are then used to
increase the speed of database modifications (more on this later).  The
record vectors contain the individual fields of the record.  These
fields can be of any type, but are currently integers, strings, lists of
strings, alists, vectors, or lists of vectors.  In the case of fields
that contain one or more vectors, they can be further broken down in
terms of the fields of their component vectors.

In an effort to provide a more concrete example to illustrate the above,
and to provide a reference for database accessor and modifier functions,
we describe the database format below.  This description starts with the
fields of the individual record vectors, and drills down through the
vectors used by some of the fields.

@subsubsection Record Vectors

@multitable @columnfractions .13 .19 .36 .32
@item @b{Name}
@tab  @b{Type}
@tab  @b{Accessor and Modifier}
@tab  @b{Description}

@item First name
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-record-firstname}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-set-firstname}
@tab  Entity's first name

@item Last name
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-record-lastname}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-set-lastname}
@tab  Entity's last name

@item AKAs
@tab  List of Strings
@tab  @code{bbdb-record-aka}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-set-aka}
@tab  Alternate names for entity

@item Company
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-record-company}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-set-company}
@tab  Company with which entity is associated

@item Phones
@tab  List of Vectors
@tab  @code{bbdb-record-phones}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-set-phones}
@tab  List of phone number vectors

@item Addresses
@tab  List of Vectors
@tab  @code{bbdb-record-addresses}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-set-addresses}
@tab  List of address vectors

@item Net address
@tab  List of Strings
@tab  @code{bbdb-record-net}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-set-net}
@tab  List of network addresses

@item Notes
@tab  String or Alist
@tab  @code{bbdb-record-raw-notes}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-set-raw-notes}
@tab  String or Association list of note fields (strings)

@item Cache
@tab  Vector
@tab  @code{bbdb-record-cache}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-set-cache}
@tab  Record cache.@*
      @i{Internal version only.}

@end multitable

The phone, address and cache vector fields are described below.  Please
note that, as indicated in the table above, the cache is present only in 
the internal version of the database - it is not written out as part of
the @file{.bbdb} file.

In addition, the accessor and modifier functions for the notes alist
are described.

@subsubsection Phone Vectors

To access the fields in the below table, you must first get the list of
phone vectors using the @code{bbdb-record-phones} function.  Note that
if you alter the phones field with the @code{bbdb-record-set-phones}
function, you are altering the entire phones list for the given record.
Use the modifier functions below for modifications to individual phone
vectors.

@multitable @columnfractions .13 .19 .36 .32
@item @b{Name}
@tab  @b{Type}
@tab  @b{Accessor and Modifier}
@tab  @b{Description}

@item Location
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-phone-location}@*
      @code{bbdb-phone-set-location}
@tab  Phone number identifier

@item Area
@tab  Integer
@tab  @code{bbdb-phone-area}@*
      @code{bbdb-phone-set-area}
@tab  Area code for phone number

@item Exchange
@tab  Integer
@tab  @code{bbdb-phone-exchange}@*
      @code{bbdb-phone-set-exchange}
@tab  Exchange (aka prefix) for phone number

@item Suffix
@tab  Integer
@tab  @code{bbdb-phone-suffix}@*
      @code{bbdb-phone-set-suffix}
@tab  Suffix for phone number

@item Extension
@tab  Integer
@tab  @code{bbdb-phone-extension}@*
      @code{bbdb-phone-set-extension}
@tab  Phone number extension (@samp{0} if none)

@end multitable

@subsubsection Address Vectors

To access the fields in the below table, you must first get the list of
address vectors using the @code{bbdb-record-addresses} function.  Note
that if you alter the addresses field with the
@code{bbdb-record-set-addresses} function, you are altering the entire
addresses list for the given record.  Use the modifier functions below
for modifications to individual address vectors.

@multitable @columnfractions .13 .19 .36 .32
@item @b{Name}
@tab  @b{Type}
@tab  @b{Accessor and Modifier}
@tab  @b{Description}

@item Location
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-address-location}@*
      @code{bbdb-address-set-location}
@tab  Address identifier

@item Street1
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-address-street1}@*
      @code{bbdb-address-set-street1}
@tab  First line of street address.  ``'' if none.

@item Street2
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-address-street2}@*
      @code{bbdb-address-set-street2}
@tab  Second line of street address.  ``'' if none.

@item Street3
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-address-street3}@*
      @code{bbdb-address-set-street3}
@tab  Third line of street address.  ``'' if none.

@item City
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-address-city}@*
      @code{bbdb-address-set-city}
@tab  City name

@item State
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-address-state}@*
      @code{bbdb-address-set-state}
@tab  State abbreviation

@item Zip
@tab  Integer
@tab  @code{bbdb-address-zip}@*
      @code{bbdb-address-set-zip}
@tab  Zip code

@end multitable

@subsubsection Cache Vector

This vector is present only in the internal database representation.  It 
is not written out to the database file because it contains information
aggregated from the rest of the record that is reconstructed when the
database is read.  To write the cache information to the database file
would increase the risk of database inconsistency, and would violate the 
principles of normalization.

To access the cache fields using the functions listed below that begin
with @code{bbdb-cache-}, you must first get the cache vector using the
@code{bbdb-record-cache} function.  The functions that begin with
@code{bbdb-record-} get the cache vector internally.  Note that if you
alter the cache field in the high-level record with the
@code{bbdb-record-set-cache} function, you are altering the entire cache
vector for the given record.  Use the modifier functions below for
modifications to individual cache fields.

@multitable @columnfractions .15 .17 .36 .32
@item @b{Name}
@tab  @b{Type}
@tab  @b{Accessor and Modifier}
@tab  @b{Description}

@item Name Cache
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-cache-namecache}@*
      @code{bbdb-cache-set-namecache}
@tab  Preconcatenated name of entity

@item Sort Key
@tab  String
@tab  @code{bbdb-cache-sortkey}@*
      @code{bbdb-cache-set-sortkey}
@tab  Preconcatenated sort key for record

@item Marker
@tab  Marker
@tab  @code{bbdb-cache-marker}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-marker}@*
      @code{bbdb-cache-set-marker}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-set-marker}@*
@tab  Marker in @file{.bbdb} for start of record

@item Deleted
@tab  Boolean
@tab  @code{bbdb-cache-deleted-p}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-deleted-p}@*
      @code{bbdb-cache-set-deleted-p}@*
      @code{bbdb-record-set-deleted-p}
@tab  Set to @code{t} if record has been deleted, @code{nil} if not

@end multitable

The functions listed above will return @code{nil} if their respective
cache fields are not set.  The functions listed below will return the
value of their cache fields if set, but will also build (and set) the
correct field values if the fields are unset:

@table @code
@item bbdb-record-name
Return the name in the Name Cache field of the cache (if set).  If
the name has not been built yet (if the field is @code{nil}), the name is 
built, stored in the Name Cache field, and returned.

@item bbdb-record-sortkey
Return the name it the Sort Key field of the cache (if set).  If the
Sort Key field has not yet been set (if the field is @code{nil}), the
Sort Key is built, stored in the Sort Key field, and returned.

@end table

@subsubsection Notes String or Alist

If there is only a single note for a given record, the notes field for
that record will be a string.  If there is more than one note, the notes 
field will be an association list (alist) with elements of the form

@center ( @var{NAME} . @var{VALUE} )

@noindent
where @var{NAME} is the symbol for the name of the note, and
@var{VALUE} is the value of the note.

@subsubsection Example BBDB record

@node Mailing Lists, Changes, Internals, Top
@section Mailing Lists

There are two mailing lists for the @b{BBDB}.  The first is
@code{bbdb-announce@@xemacs.org}, and is used for new release announcements, and as a
result has very low traffic.  To subscribe to @code{bbdb-announce@@xemacs.org}, send mail
to @code{bbdb-announce-request@@xemacs.org} with @samp{subscribe} as the subject.

The second mailing list, @code{bbdb-info@@xemacs.org}, is gets moderate traffic, and is
intended for the discussion and distribution of development versions of the
@b{BBDB}.  Users of development versions of the @b{BBDB} should be subscribed
to this list.  It is to this list that bugs should be reported.  @xref{Known
Bugs} for instructions on submitting bug reports.

@node Changes, The Latest Version, Mailing Lists, Top
@section Changes in this Version

@menu
* Major Changes::                Major changes in this version
* Other Changes::                Not-so-major changes
@end menu

@node Major Changes, Other Changes, Changes, Changes
@subsection Major Changes

@subsubheading Database File Version Change

(the following version-migration text will move in a future version.  It is in
this section currently because new users will likely not experience it)

There has been a version change in the @b{BBDB} database file.  The date
format was changed to make the @b{BBDB} Y2K-compliant, and to allow for easy
sorting of database records based on dates.

An automatic version-migration mechanism has been implemented that allows
older version @file{.bbdb} files to either be migrated to the new version, or
used as-is without migrating.  When the @b{BBDB} detects a database file with
an old version, it will display the features that have been introduced @b{in
the database file} from the time of the older version's implementation.  It
will offer the choice of migration or use of the @b{BBDB} with the
older-version file.

If migration is chosen, the database file will be automatically changed to the 
new format.  If migration is declined, the file will kept in the older format
in the @code{.bbdb} buffer, but will be stored internally in the new format.
When changes need to be made to the @code{.bbdb} buffer, changed records will
be reverse-migrated from their internal version to that of the disk file.

@subsubheading Initialization Sequence Change

The initialization sequence has changed.  Many of the forms that were required
in 1.51 for initialization are no longer necessary.  @xref{Initial
Configuration}.

@node Other Changes,  , Major Changes, Changes
@subsection Other Changes

@itemize @bullet
@item XEmacs packaging has been partially implemented.
@item bbdb-gnus (support for Gnus scoring and Summary buffer rewriting) has
been integrated
@item Time-based functions have been introduced
@item Web-browser functions (bbdb-w3) have been integrated.
@item mail-abbrevs and mail-extr have been removed
@item Supercite support (bbdb-sc) has been integrated
@item And lots more...
@end itemize

@node The Latest Version, The Future, Changes, Top
@section The Latest Version

@noindent Released versions of the @b{BBDB} can be found at the following
sites:

@itemize @bullet
@item
WWW: @code{http://www.netcom.com/~simmonmt}
@item
WWW: @code{http://people.netscape.com/jwz/bbdb}
@item
FTP: @code{ftp.xemacs.org:/pub/bbdb/bbdb.tar.gz}
@end itemize

@noindent Development versions of the @b{BBDB} can be found at the following
sites:

@itemize @bullet
@item
WWW: @code{http://www.netcom.com/~simmonmt}
@c @item
@c Anon-CVS: @code{cvs.xemacs.org}.  Use the following as the value for the CVS
@c @code{-d} flag:@*:pserver:xemacs@cvs.xemacs.org:/usr/CVSroot
@end itemize

Users of development versions of the @b{BBDB} should subscribe to the
@code{info-bbdb} mailing list.  @xref{Mailing Lists}.

@node The Future,  , The Latest Version, Top
@section The Future

The future consists of Bugs and Features.

@menu
* Known Bugs::          Known Bugs, and how to submit new ones
* TODO List::           The TODO List
* EOL Statements::      EOL (End Of Life) Statements
@end menu

@node Known Bugs, TODO List, The Future, The Future
@subsection Known Bugs

@enumerate
@item @b{@kbd{M-TAB} conflicts with ispell.}  Workaround: The binding
installed by the @b{BBDB} for address completion/expansion conflicts with
that used by ispell.  The suggested workarounds are to rebind the ispell
key (the @b{BBDB} binding is not configurable at this time), to manually
invoke ispell via @kbd{M-x}, or to not use ispell completion functionality
in @b{BBDB}-enabled message composition buffers.

@item @b{@b{BBDB} and abbrev expansion is inconsistent.}  Workaround:
Currently, @kbd{M-TAB} must be used to expand/complete against @b{BBDB}
names and net addresses, and @kbd{TAB} must be used to expand abbrevs (the
values in the @code{mail-alias} field).  Unification is planned for a
future version.

@item @b{The @code{*BBDB*} buffer does not always come up when the first
article in a Gnus Summary Buffer is selected.}  Workaround:  Pressing
@kbd{g} to reload the article.  This will cause the @code{*BBDB*} buffer
to be displayed.

@item @b{Expansion will fail when the name to be expanded is a subset of 
the name for another record.}  For example, if you have entries for
@samp{John} and @samp{Johnathan}, you will not be able to expand the
name for @samp{John}.  Workaround:  Use the net address for the subset
name (@samp{John} in this example).

@end enumerate

It is commonly known that there are no bugs in the @b{BBDB}.  Bugs found in
defiance of this rule should be submitted to the @code{info-bbdb} mailing
list.  To assist the developers, please include the version numbers of the
various programs used when the bug occurred.  An example report follows.

@example
BBDB Version:
Emacs/XEmacs Version:
Mail/News reader (Gnus, VM, etc) used:
Bug Description:
@end example

@node TODO List, EOL Statements, Known Bugs, The Future
@subsection TODO List

@subsubheading The Near Future

@itemize @bullet
@item
Add bbdb/@i{MUA}-delete-sender-record

@c Implemented 10-Apr-1998
@c
@c @item
@c More bindings for @code{*BBDB*} buffer (@code{other-window},
@c @code{bbdb-create}, @code{bbdb-changed}, @code{bbdb}) courtesy of David
@c Bakhash.  (@code{<199801192104.QAA04399@@Bulgaria.MIT.edu>}
@c and @code{<yfqyb0b3jor.fsf@@acm.org>} on @code{info-bbdb}.

@item
Make completion more consistent so completing an email address gives both the
name and the net address, as opposed to just completing the net
address.  See thread starting with
@code{<ilulnwci761.fsf@@squid.pdc.kth.se>} in @code{info-bbdb}.

@item
Configurable completion.  Should allow user to specify "complete on
names first, then nets", etc.

@item
More variables for upgrading.  Specifically a variable that lets users
specify extra fields for upgrading (an alist @samp{(a . b)} that says
field @samp{a} should be upgraded the same way as field @samp{b}.

@item
Change all functions that switch on MUAs to use compose-mail (ex:
@code{bbdb-send-mail-internal}).

@item
Soren Dayton's method for generically extending the @b{BBDB} with
special-purpose fields

@item
Sorting records on alternate keys.  @code{bbdb-sort-by} from Boris
Goldowsky.
@c nnml:bbdb-maint

@item
Sorting individual types of fields - Sam Steingold's method.

@item
Button 3 menus (Mark Moll and Soren Dayton)

@item
@b{BBDB}-controlled mail splitting in Gnus.  Add hook for Soren to make
splitting better.  Routine from Brian Edmonds.

@item
Conditionalized erasure of properties when text is pasted into the @b{BBDB}.

@item
Should notice when there are @samp{Reply-To:} addresses.@refill

@item
Should have a command for merging together two divergent copies of
a @file{.bbdb} file (in case you read mail on one machine and news on
another, for instance.)@refill

@item
The @samp{*BBDB*} buffer should be resized to exactly fit what it's
displaying, even when not in ``electric'' mode.@refill

@item
It should be possible to do completion on last names as well as first
names.@refill

@item
The BBDB buffer is left at the top of the stack when GNUS is exited
because GNUS runs its exit-hooks too early.  This should be fixed.@refill

@item
String area codes (German area codes can begin with zeroes) patch from
@code{Michael Sperber <sperber@@informatik.uni-tuebingen.de>}

@item
Internationalization of addresses.  Country code to control formats for
printing, etc.  Country->Format mapping.

@item
Default country variable, similar to @code{bbdb-default-area-code}.

@item
Make format self-describing in comment

@item
ISO-8859-x characters in records for printing.

@item
Prefix for @kbd{W} (@code{bbdb-www}) command to allow selection of
different addresses.

@item
Generalized buttons (via extents) for fields.  Example: @samp{(a . b)}
means create button that calls @samp{b} for each entry in the @samp{a}
field. 

@item
Remove support for GNUS.  Start with lisp Makefile (remove nntp and gnus 
loads).

@item
More flexible auto-addition.  Conditionalizing of addition (conditions
or supplied function).  Prompt if multiple records that meet criteria exist.

@item
Different output formats.  See Toby Speight's @code{<s8iurdodvm.fsf@@plato.ansa.co.uk>} 
and Bin Mu's @code{<199801221605.KAA23663@@DerivaTech.Com>}.

@item
Generalized area-code-split program that could split, for example, based 
on input copied (or straight fetch of page) from the Bellcore NANP page.

@item
Print multivalue (comma-separated) fields with one value per line

@item
Easier BBDB extension.  See @code{<xcdyb30f3hb.fsf@@ra.cs.uchicago.edu>}
from Soren Dayton.

@item
Take birthdays from the @b{BBDB}, add them to calendar.  From Boris
Goldowsky.
@c In nnml:bbdb-maint

@item
Make mail aliases file for other mailers.  From Boris Goldowsky.
@c In nnml:bbdb-maint

@item
Various patches from Boris Goldowsky in @file{bbdb-ext}.

@item
Various other patches:
@itemize @minus
@item
@code{bbdb-filters-0.2}
@item
@code{bbdb-frame.el}
@item
@code{bbdb-letter-1.0}
@item
@code{bbdb-plz}
@item
@code{bbdb-query}
@item
@code{country}
@item
@code{country-info}
@end itemize
@noindent Note that these files have not been investigated.  They may or 
may not be incorporated.

@item
Ability to remove all properties from copied strings.

@end itemize


@subsubheading Not-So-Near Future

@itemize @bullet
@item
Fix Gnus scoring so it rebuilds when gnus-score disappears

@item
Multiline note fields

@item
Change key to be some kind of unique number

@item
There should be better support for non-American addresses and phone
numbers.  This might be Near Future if somebody volunteers to send me patches.

@item
Should reimplement ``electric'' mode to not be so broken.@refill

@item
The @kbd{*C-o} keystroke should add a field to all displayed records.
Perhaps @kbd{*;} should append some text to an arbitrary field of all
displayed records. @refill

@item
Multiple @file{.bbdb} files with precedence relationships.  See Wes
Hardaker's @*@code{<sdu3awz75a.fsf@@oakdale.ucdavis.edu>}

@item
Automatically grab information about a person from their sig.  See
Graham Clark's @code{info-bbdb} post
@code{<6282.199706161624@@havra.dcs.ed.ac.uk>} and Adrian Aichner's
@code{info-bbdb} post
@code{<rxsiuzebpgp.fsf@@midnight.ecf.teradyne.com>}.  Would like to have
@code{bbdb-snarf} attack the sig then compare the snarfed data with the
header data.

@end itemize

@subsubheading Thoughts

@itemize @bullet
@item 
Are there enough hooks?

@item
The interfaces should share more code. @refill

@item
The @code{bbdb-create-internal} function should be more forgiving.@refill

@item
More @kbd{*} commands in general, including @kbd{*d}.
@end itemize

@node EOL Statements,  , TODO List, The Future
@subsection End of Life (EOL) Statements

The items in the following list describe items for which support will be 
removed in coming versions of the @b{BBDB}.  The items listed are
guaranteed to be supported and present only until the EOL date.  They
may be removed without warning at any time thereafter.

@enumerate
@item @code{advertized-bbdb-delete-current-field-or-record}@*
Support for this function will be removed for version 2.2.  It is
recommended that all code depending on this variable be switched to use
@code{bbdb-delete-current-field-or-record}.  The two functions have the
same calling conventions and effects.  This EOL statement was added for
version 2.1.

@item Support for the GNUS (not Gnus) newsreader@*
The GNUS-specific parts of the @b{BBDB} will be actively removed for the 
2.2 release.  No further maintenance and/or bugfixes are planned for
GNUS code at this time.  This EOL statement was added for version 2.1.
@end enumerate

@node Thanks,  , , Top
@section Thanks

Thanks to everyone on the info-bbdb mailing list for many useful suggestions.
This hack would be far less insidious without their input!

@subheading Thanks list for versions after 1.51

Thanks to Adrian Aichner, Kees de Bruin, David Carlton, Soren Dayton,
Brian Edmonds, Boris Goldowsky, Seth Golub, John Heidemann, Christopher
Kline, Carsten Leonhardt, Hrvoje Niksic, Jens-Ulrik Hoger Petersen,
Colin Rafferty, Sam Steingold, Marco Walther, Christoph Wedler

Last, but not least, thanks to Jamie Zawinski for writing @b{BBDB} in the
first place.

@subheading Thanks list for versions prior to and including 1.51.

And special thanks to Sebastian Kremer, Joe Wells, Todd Kaufmann, Andy
Norman, Ivan Vazquez, Stewart Clamen, Roland McGrath, Dave Brennan,
Kimball Collins, Dirk Grunwald, Philippe Queinnec, Boris Putanec, Dave
Disser, Francois Felix Ingrand, Sean Owens, Guido Bosch, Lance Brown,
Tom Emerson, George Hartzell, Luis Miguel Silveira, Kimmo Suominen,
Derek Upham, David Zuhn, Rod Whitby, Richard Mlynarik.

@ifinfo
@node _,,,(dir)
@unnumbered _
@example
in.sid.i.ous aj   \in-'sid-e-*s\
   [L insidiosus, fr. insidiae ambush, fr. insidere to sit in, sit on, 
      fr. in- + sedere to sit -- more at SIT]
     1  a : awaiting a chance to entrap  TREACHEROUS
        b : harmful but enticing  SEDUCTIVE
     2  a : having a gradual and cumulative effect  SUBTLE
        b of a disease
          : developing so gradually as to be well established before
            becoming apparent
  in.sid.i.ous.ly av
  in.sid.i.ous.ness n
@end example



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@end ifinfo

@node Concept Index, Variable Index,, Top
@unnumbered Concept Index
@printindex cp

@node Variable Index,  , Concept Index, Top
@unnumbered Variable Index
@printindex vr

@contents
@bye