I sometimes feel like bringing out my stationery, my fountain pen, and a coil of stamps, and writing cards to random people in my address book. When I travel, I also enjoy writing quick postcards to people who live in the country I’m visiting. That’s why I wrote this code to filter my address book so that I could see only the contacts with snail-mail addresses, or only the contacts whose snail-mail addresses match a regular expression.
You can call M-x wicked/bbdb-find-people-with-addresses to filter the displayed BBDB records. Press RET at the “Regexp: ” prompt in order to show all records with addresses, or type in a regular expression that matches anything in the addresses field. By default,
wicked/bbdb-find-people-with-addresses works on the BBDB records already shown in the
*BBDB* window, or all records if none are shown. This allows you to successively filter BBDB records. (Combined with the other BBDB projects I’ll blog about, you’ll be able to get a list of all the people you haven’t talked to in three months but who you’ve talked to within the year, who are interested in Emacs and cooking but not social networking, and who have a phone number in your contact database! How’s that for targeted mail? ;) ) Anyway, if you want to start your search from scratch and you don’t want to call M-x bbdb with
. as the regular expression, use the universal prefix argument (C-u M-x wicked/bbdb-find-people-with-addresses) and it will search your entire contact database.
Have fun! =)
(defun wicked/bbdb-find-people-with-addresses (&optional regexp records)
"Filter the displayed BBDB records to those with addresses."
(interactive "MRegexp: ")
(let ((records (if current-prefix-arg (bbdb-records)
(or records bbdb-records (bbdb-records))))
(when (and (bbdb-record-get-field-internal (if (arrayp (car records))
(caar records)) 'address)
(or (null regexp)
(string= regexp "")
(string-match regexp (wicked/bbdb-address-string address)))
(if (arrayp (car records))
(caar records)) 'address)))))
(setq filtered (cons (if (arrayp (car records))
(caar records)) filtered)))
(setq records (cdr records)))
(bbdb-display-records (nreverse filtered))))
(defun wicked/bbdb-address-string (address)
"Return ADDRESS as a string."
(mapconcat 'identity (bbdb-address-streets address) ", ")
(let ((s (bbdb-address-city address))) (and (not (string= s "")) s))
(let ((s (bbdb-address-state address))) (and (not (string= s "")) s))
(let ((s (bbdb-address-zip address))) (and (not (string= s "")) s))
(let ((s (bbdb-address-country address))) (and (not (string= s "")) s))))
(defun wicked/bbdb-yank-addresses ()
"Copy displayed addresses to the kill ring."
(bbdb-record-name (car record)) "\n"
(concat (bbdb-address-location address) ": " (wicked/bbdb-address-string address)))
(bbdb-record-get-field-internal (car record) 'address)