Groups as per-contact CATEGORIES no longer work in 1.3.4

  • Some times ago I’ve added DAVdroid account on my phone with groups as CATEGORIES (I don’t remember exact version, but it probably was in September this year). All worked fine: after adding new CATEGORIES in vCards new groups was created on the phone.

    Now only membership of existing contacts in already existing groups can be changed. New groups doesn’t appear on the phone after adding to a vCard on the server.

    If new contact with new group is added on server it doesn’t appear on the phone at all.

    I’ve tried to look at DAVDroid logs - nothing useful is found - group name can be found only in dump of HTTP reply from server.

    Phone is Sony D6503 with Android 6.0.1

  • developer

  • Steps to reprodice:

    1. add accounts with groups as CATEGORIES (or use existing)
    2. add a contact to server with new group in CATEGORIES e. g.:

    FN:John Doe

    1. force sync via DAVdroid interface
    2. new contact should appear in contacts app, but it is not appeared

    debug log:
    server software: Baïkal 0.4.6

  • developer

    Unfortunately, I can’t reproduce the problem. Adding the CATEGORIES creates the group as expected (Samsung Note 10.1 with Android 4.4).

    Let’s have a look at the logs, too:

    2016-11-25 14:22:21 1 [syncadapter.ContactsSyncManager] Creating local contact
            PARAMETER #1 = Contact(uid=c247af59-c850-495f-9ce9-6de273807d95, displayName=John Doe, givenName=John, familyName=Doe)
    2016-11-25 14:22:21 1 [vcard4android.AndroidContact] Built StructuredName data row
            PARAMETER #1 = mType: 1, mUri: content://, mSelection: null, mExpectedCount: null, mYieldAllowed: false, mValues: data9=null data5=null data8=null data1=John Doe data6=null data2=John data4=null data3=Doe data7=null, mValuesBackReferences: null, mSelectionArgsBackReferences: null
    2016-11-25 14:22:21 1 [vcard4android.BatchOperation] Committing 2 operations …
    2016-11-25 14:22:21 1 [vcard4android.BatchOperation] Running operations 0 to 1
    2016-11-25 14:22:21 1 [vcard4android.BatchOperation] … 2 record(s) affected
    2016-11-25 14:22:21 1 [vcard4android.BatchOperation] Committing 3 operations …
    2016-11-25 14:22:21 1 [vcard4android.BatchOperation] Running operations 0 to 2
    2016-11-25 14:22:22 1 [vcard4android.BatchOperation] … 2 record(s) affected

    The last 3 lines:

    2016-11-25 14:22:21 1 [vcard4android.BatchOperation] Committing 3 operations …
    2016-11-25 14:22:21 1 [vcard4android.BatchOperation] Running operations 0 to 2
    2016-11-25 14:22:22 1 [vcard4android.BatchOperation] … 2 record(s) affected

    are generated by ContactsSyncManager::processVCard and are for group management (I have made the logs more verbose now). The first operations deletes the group assignments for this contact, and then there are twice as many operations as groups. In our case, there are 2 operations, which means that one group has been assigned.

    This is what is expected and what I see in my own debug logs when I try to reproduce the problem, too.

    Are you absolutely sure that the group is not created on your device? What happens if you change this contact and synchronize it again – is CATEGORIES set correctly?

    Also, from which version did you upgrade? Contact group management hasn’t changed in the last versions – maybe you have updated from a very old version?

  • After changing on a server and syncing one more time I still don’t see neither new contact neither new group on the phone.

    I don’t remember DAVdroid version I’ve used at time of initial setup but given that it was in September it probably was 1.3

    Since then I’ve also upgraded Android (as I remember Adroid version 6.0.1 hasn’t changed at this update).

    It seems to be that new contact was stored on the phone. I’ve added email to this new contacts and it now appears in mail client autocomplete.

    1. It will be great if your will add more verbose log about group creation.
    2. Can you suggest some 3rd party contacts app to see if new contact is shown there? Stock contacts app probably doesn’t show it because group was not added.

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