About synchronisation: Evolution and a Nokia E61
Today I wanted to synchronise my data across my laptop (Ubuntu Hardy) and my mobile phone (Nokia E61, Symbian S60). I decided to reduce my expectations from the start and went for the easy kill: a one-way, one time import of only my contacts, forgetting about notes, calendars and what not. After some investigation involving gnokii, Gammu and friends I stumbled upon that marvellous framework called OpenSync. It's been developed for more than 3 years and displays a huge list of supported devices, protocols and software. It is currently undergoing an important rework towards version 0.4 but today it is recommended to use the latest stable release: version 0.22 from march 2007. I thought it was worth giving it a shot. Everything went well, installation and setup were reasonably straightforward following that post on Ubuntu Forums and I was impressed by GNOME's bluetooth support working out of the box. My hopes went very high when I noticed that Multisync, OpenSync's GTK frontend, was able to handle two ways synchronisation of all my data. Unfortunately, after a couple of hours of fiddling with the thing I went out of luck: the contacts weren't goin' in! I was able to have at best 5 or 6 contacts sent to the phone. Shame :/ Solving real life issues while having fun coding is so enjoyable that I decided to fire up a good old iPython shell and started to look around the different possibilities of interaction I had with the Nokia E61. I settled for the following 3-steps technique, simple and efficient:
1. Export contacts from Evolution into separate vCard files, one for each contact
2. Transfer all the vCards to the Nokia E61 over bluetooth
ObexFTP does the trick in a one-liner:
obexftp -b [PHONE MAC ADDRESS] -c E:/Others/Contacts -p [VCARD FILES]
3. Import the contacts from the files
Go in Contacts > Options > Copy > From memory card.
All contacts were imported even the problematic ones. I still noticed some glitches in the final result such as encoding problems and missing avatars but well, that will do for now. Next time: OpenSync development version.