I have put the request to the abiword mailing list but regrettably there has only been one response, which led to different errors. Since then there has been no further emails So, here is the original problem:
I am having difficulty with MailMerge. The Customer file was created in
Gnumeric and then saved as CSV. The path to the CSV file is:
The form letter was created in AbiWord 2.6.6 and the merge fields were
inserted at the appropriate places. The path to the form letter is:
I downloaded and printed the appropriate pages of the Help file and, in
accordance with the recommendations, entered the following into a terminal:
zed@zed-desktop ~ $ AbiWord-2.0 -m /home/zed/Clients/GHI/HKI/FormLetters/
Christmas/Customers-HKI.csv -p /home/zed/Clients/GHI/HKI/FormLetters/
bash: AbiWord-2.0: command not found
zed@zed-desktop ~ $
As you will see, it falls over at the first hurdle, inasmuch as it cannot
find AbiWord-2.0. I have tried entering AbiWord-2.6.6, AbiWord, abiword,
abiword-2.0, and abiword-2.6.6. All returned the same error.
Obviously I am doing something monunentally stupid and seek the assistance
of the list in telling me what it is and, more importantly, how I can
rectify my mistake.
That problem resolved itself - I have no idea how but when I now type:
abiword -m /home/zed/Clients/GHI/HKI/FormLetters/Christmas/Customers-HKI.csv -p /home/zed/Clients/GHI/HKI/FormLetters/Christmas/Customers-2009.p /home/zed/Clients/GHI/HKI/FormLetters/Christmas/Christmas-2009.abw
ands hit Enter, the following error is returned:
** (abiword:12768): WARNING **: Could not GPAReference Printer to /home/zed/Clients/GHI/HKI/FormLetters/Christmas/Customers-2009.p
(abiword:12768): GnomePrint-WARNING **: Could not create filter from description 'frgba': filter 'frgba' is unknown
/usr/bin/lpr: The printer or class was not found.
zed@zed-desktop ~ $
I have searched Google for the phrase "filter 'frgba' is unknown" without finding any helpful information. The printer is there, because I can print documents directly from AbiWord. It just fails when I'm trying to do the mailmerge.
The matter is reasonably urgent, as I have to send out over 300 individual letters by the end of the month - I don't really want to have to add the personalised information on separate letters and then go through the print - delete personal information - print - delete personal ...
Is there someone far more knowledgeable that I who can solve this problem for me, please.