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Search & Launch layout: what to do with contacts

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Hi,
I like Search & launch, but something bugs me: when search results are contacts (vcards), the default behavior seems to be to open the vcard in a text editor.

I would rather expect to open kaddressbook with clicked contact selected (I tried to associate vcards with kaddressbook, but it doesn't launch this way), or to open a kmail window with a mail to clicked contact.

Is there anyway to make contacts appearing in search results more useful?

Thanks,
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Hmm, this should not happen, however it does appear that my system is similar - VCard files are not associated with KAddressBook.
Do you have the "Contacts" runner enabled in this case, or are the results in this case proper contact results - which are being incorrectly opened?


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I don't know what you mean about the "contacts" runner.
Here is the kind of results I get searching for "David".
http://i.imgur.com/JPvwdB0.jpg

These items are apparently vcards, but I don't know what to do with them.
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Hm, those look like normal Nepomuk search results (as used for files, etc) rather than Contact results (which should have a mail icon).
Can you open KRunner (Alt + F2) and check to see if "Contacts" is enabled in it's settings? Also, check to see if a similar query works in KRunner properly.


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I installed the krunner addon for contacts, but I get no results from it.
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In System Settings > Desktop Search, is the Email indexer enabled?


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bcooksley wrote:In System Settings > Desktop Search, is the Email indexer enabled?

Yes.

I tried with contacts as different ressources :
vcard folder, local LDAP

They appear in kaddressbook, but not as search results by krunner (contacts runner enabled), and at the root of "search and launch", in the contacts category, I get nothing.
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Okay, please report a bug against the contacts runner - it appears that it is not functioning properly here.


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bcooksley wrote:Okay, please report a bug against the contacts runner - it appears that it is not functioning properly here.

Well, I searched in kde bugs reports, there are several 3 year old reports about this :-\
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Unfortunate. Do you have any links to these bug reports?


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bcooksley wrote:Unfortunate. Do you have any links to these bug reports?

https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=222675
https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=229255
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Okay, I can think of one workaround to this, but it would require a script/application which understands the *.vcf format.

One could then use it to start KMail, sending an email to the person in question. Unfortunately KAddressBook has no arguments to open a specified contact, so that is going to be of little help unfortunately.


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This is one of the most annoying KDE bugs - it means that there actually is no way to search for a contact in KDE except open the addressbook application and search manually. It's very basic functionality that I believe all other major desktops have (gnome, unity, os x, even win 8).

I'd fix it myself if I knew how - but as I don't, does anyone know of who we can refer this issue to?
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This is something which would probably need to be fixed by the Plasma Desktop developers I suspect.


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