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Q: When I use MIT's LDAP in Thunderbird, why can't I see the office address?


Default settings for Thunderbird do not include an address book mapping that matches the field in LDAP for office address [LDAP: roomNumber.]
To see this field you must manually add the mapping to your "pref.js" file.

To manually add the office address field:

  1. Go to the preferences file "pref.js." This is usually found in

    C:\Documents & Settings\<username>\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\<random string>.default

  2. Find the following section:

    user_pref("ldap_2.servers.MIT.auth.savePassword", true);
    user_pref("ldap_2.servers.MIT.description", "MIT");
    user_pref("ldap_2.servers.MIT.filename", "abook-1.mab");
    user_pref("ldap_2.servers.MIT.maxHits", 100);
    user_pref("ldap_2.servers.MIT.replication.lastChangeNumber", 0);
  3. At the end of the above section, add the following:

    user_pref("ldap_2.servers.MIT.attrmap.WorkAddress2", "roomNumber");

    Note: "ldap_2.servers.MIT" may have a different number and/or name depending on how you configured your LDAP setup.
  4. Save the file.
  5. Restart Thunderbird.

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Last Modified:

February 02, 2012

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