Monday Dec 08, 2008

Sun Calendar Sync for Apple iCal

Building off the work by John Littell and Jason Carolan, I am releasing here icalds 2.0 that enables you to subscribe to a Sun Calendar Server from an Apple iCal client on Mac OS X, and subsequently sync with "any" mobile device thru iSync. I am myself using it on Mac OS X 10.5.5 with Sun Calendar Server 6.3. icalds will prove useful until Sun Calendar Server adds native CalDAV support.

Compared to the previous releases of the icald/icalds scripts, fixes include:

  • session id now recognizes non-alphabetic characters (presence of % character)
  • http post request now conforms to what Sun Cal expects (6.3 responded Unauthorized to export.wcap)
  • now using http post request at login for increased security (password no longer visible in web server log)
  • strip out html tags generated by Namefinder for better readability
  • suid no longer required by default values for log/pid file location
  • organizer field is now kept and passed on to iCal

You would want to use icalds if you maintain your calendar online on a Sun Calendar Server --like we do at Sun Microsystems-- but want to have a copy on your Mac and/or sync it to a non-3G mobile device --you can directly sync a 3G device to Sun Calendar Server through SyncML. I myself sync it with a…

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