[Bug 400423] [NEW] Duplicate entries in address book

Brian lavagolemking at aol.com
Thu Jul 16 21:47:17 UTC 2009

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: thunderbird

I am getting multiple address entries in Thunderbird. By default, my
school's e-mail service puts display names in ALL CAPS, while many users
opt to change display names to use proper grammar. This is automatically
entered into Thunderbird's address book as 2 separate entries. So, for
example, John Doe sends an e-mail from work with the display name "John
Doe" and then from home using the display name "JOHN DOE". Both have the
same e-mail address of doe.1 at osu.edu, but both are added as separate
entries in Thunderbird.

A reasonable fix, I believe, would be to treat all letters as lowercase
when determining if a contact already exists, so while JOHN DOE will (or
may, at user's option) appear in as JOHN DOE, the address book will
treat the name, as well as the name "John Doe", as "john doe" and
recognize that the entry already exists. Unfortunately I do not know
enough about the Thunderbird source code to make this modification so
somebody else will have to do it.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: mozilla-thunderbird None [modified: /var/lib/dpkg/info/mozilla-thunderbird.list]
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: thunderbird
Uname: Linux 2.6.27-7-generic i686
UnreportableReason: This is not a genuine Ubuntu package

** Affects: thunderbird (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Wishlist
         Status: New

** Tags: address apport-bug book i386 thunderbird

Duplicate entries in address book
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