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The Insidious Big Brother Database
BBDB is the Insidious Big Brother Database for GNU Emacs. It provides an address book for email and snail mail addresses, phone numbers and the like. It can be linked with various Emacs mail clients (Rmail, Gnus, VM, mu4e). BBDB is fully customizable.

BBDB recently went through a major re-write which has been released as BBDB 3. BBDB 3 is fully compatible with GNU Emacs 23 and 24 (but not with older versions of GNU Emacs nor -so far- with Xemacs).


User manual available in HTML form; user manual included in TexInfo format

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GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey5 March 2001

Leaders and contributors

Waider Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Help E-mail
Developer,Support Mailing List Info/Archive
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Developer Bug Tracking

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite Reportmail
Weak prerequisite gnuserv
Weak prerequisite Gnus
Required to use Emacs v. 19.34 or later
Weak prerequisite VM
Required to use XEmacs v. 19.16 or later
Required to build Emacs

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 14 March 2014.


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