How can I use my Gmail contacts within Alpine/pine?
I found a much easier method!
Go to your contacts in google, and copy the entire contacts (ie, two columns, with names in first, and address in second, leave the "Name" and "Details" row)
Now, go to your home folder, and unhide by Ctrl+h. Open the .addressbook file.
Simply paste and save.
Open your alpine, and check!
Most will not need the following step.
For formatting and aligning, you may first create one contact through alpine, and then open your addressbook file. you will see your entry. Then paste and separate through tab accordingly.
An alternate way of importing your Google contacts is using pull_contacts.py.
This script will:
So, to add all of your Google contacts to the addressbook, simply:
The main advantage of this method over the one described by DaveParillo is the added support for non-latin1 characters. If you're like me and have a lot of people with accented letters in their names, this script is a God-send -- you won't have to go through the list manually replacing ? with the right latin1 letter.
Note that the script requires the GData libraries.
I don't think you can just 'reach out' and use them on the fly, but you can append them to your existing ~/.addressbook