Calendar folder through IMAP? (KDE Kontact)
Although I like the Zimbra Web Client for some features, I'm still more comfortable using Kontact for email and calendaring. So I've been using Kontact via IMAP to our Zimbra server and that seems to work fine. I've got an LDAP connection to access the GAL that is also working nicely. In my IMAP folder list I can see Contacts, and can open them in kmail to list them out as "messages".
Kmail has a setting, Misc/Groupware, that allows you to "Enable IMAP resource functionality", and it appears to want to store contacts and appointments in IMAP folders. I checked it, and specified the Zimbra set of folders, but it errors trying to create a Calendar folder. It presumably has already been created by Zimbra, but kmail can't see it. Can the Calendar folder be set to show through IMAP? If so, would it be writeable and useable from kontact?
I went ahead and created an address book as "Addressbook on IMAP Server via KMail" and it almost sort of works. It will show a few of my contacts that I clicked on in the Contacts IMAP folder, but it doesn't show the whole list. It might be half baked because of the Calendar error though. It also appears to be read only.
If I could access contacts and appointments through IMAP Kontact would be much more useable for me, and no need for any kind of plugin. As it is, I keep the web client open to manage my calendar and use kontact mostly for email.
Syncing Zimbra and Kontact (KDE)
Several years have passed, but finally there is a light ahead...
KDE and OpenSource: CalDAV/CardDAV/GroupDAV Support for Akonadi
KDE 4.5 will include the resources to sync Kontact with Zimbra.
They will be able to communication together via Carddav (which includes contacts) and Caldav (which theoretically includes calendars and tasks).
Email is already sync-able via Imap as described in this thread.
I'll post configuration details when they are available - probably a couple of months.
Almost have Contacts working in KDE3
Hello, all. Alas, we will be on KDE3 for quite a while longer but we almost have this working. I'm hoping if we share what we've done to get this far, someone can help us the rest of the way. We struggled like the rest of this thread and were disappointed that the Contacts via IMAP did not work. We did notice that they were available in the IMAP folders.
We changed from IMAP to Disconnect IMAP and set up local subscriptions for the address books. We then created a Contact List based upon directories and pointed it to the place where the Disconnected IMAP was caching the vcards. It worked just fine. We suddenly saw all our contacts appear and we could use them in autofilling and selecting recipients for email!! We thought we were home free. Alas not!
We also have set up synchronizing calendars and tasks using a Remote File and we have tried to setup Free Busy queries(https://zimbra.mycompany.com/home/%u@%d?fmt=freebusy). So here's the list of the little things that aren't working quite right.
Contacts come down perfectly fine. If I create a new one in the Zimbra web interface, I see it in Kontact. But edits, deletions and creations from Kontact do not propagate back up. We are told we cannot APPEND or other permissions related issues or at least we assume it is permissions. It does not matter if we manipulate them from the contact editor or the IMAP folder (in the case of delete). What do we need to change to allow changes to propagate back to Zimbra upon synchronization?
Calendar is closer. We have two problems. New appointments propagate down from Zimbra to Kontact but they are off by four hours (which is my and the server's offset from UTC right now). The time zones on both devices are correct.
The second calendar problem is when we propagate up to Zimbra. It works, but each save generates and Error while saving Calendar message. What have we done wrong?
Finally, the free busy time is not working at all.
I can post our procedure but this post is pretty long already. It is would be helpful, I'll gladly do so. We are supposed to go live with this this week coming so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks - John
Got IMAP working but. . .
We picked up a partial solution in one of the Ubuntu documents. If we set the account to be disconnected IMAP and manually edited the kmailrc file by adding the TheIMAPResourceAccount= and setting it to the appropriate top level folder, all the address books and calendars popped right into place. But there are still problems.
The address books still display the same read only behavior. The calendar does not appear at all and appears to have a malformed URI. Has anyone gotten Kontact to work as a front end to Zimbra? Thanks - John