Calypso and DAVDroid

calypso and DAVdroid appeal to me. Let's try to make the whole thing work.

Update: radicale seems to also support git as a backend, and I plan to give it a try, too.

A self-signed SSL certificate

Generating the certificate:

$ openssl req -nodes -x509 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout cal-key.pem -out cal-cert.pem -days 3650
Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:IT
State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:Bologna
Locality Name (eg, city) []:
Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:
Common Name (e.g. server FQDN or YOUR name) []
Email Address []

Installing it on my phone:

$ openssl x509 -in cal-cert.pem -outform DER -out cal-cert.crt
$ adb push cal-cert.crt /mnt/sdcard/
$ enrico --follow-instructions

Installing calypso in my VPS

An updated calypso package:

$ git clone git://
$ git checkout debian -b enrico
$ git remote add chrysn  git://
$ git fetch chrysn
$ git merge chrysn/chrysn/integration
$ dch -v 1.4+enrico  "Merged with chrysn integration branch"
$ debuild -us -uc -rfakeroot

Install the package:

# dpkg -i calypso_1.4+enrico_all.deb

Create a system user to run it:

# adduser --system --disabled-password calypso
# chsh calypso  # /bin/dash

Make it run at boot time (based on calypso-init from the git repo):

# cat /etc/default/calypso
# diff -Nau calypso-init calypso-init.enrico
--- calypso-init        2014-11-26 11:50:35.301001194 +0100
+++ calypso-init.enrico 2014-11-26 12:18:16.564138554 +0100
@@ -62,8 +62,8 @@
        || return 1

    mkdir -p $(dirname $PIDFILE)
-       chown calypso:calypso $(dirname $PIDFILE)
-       start-stop-daemon --start -c $NAME --quiet --pidfile $PIDFILE --exec $DAEMON -- \
+       chown calypso:nogroup $(dirname $PIDFILE)
+       start-stop-daemon --start -c $NAME:nogroup --quiet --pidfile $PIDFILE --exec $DAEMON -- \
        $CALYPSO_OPTS \
        || return 2
    # Add code here, if necessary, that waits for the process to be ready
# cp calypso-init.enrico /etc/init.d/calypso
# update-rc.d calypso defaults

Setting up the database

# su - calypso

Certificates and server setup:

$ mkdir .config/calypso/certs
$ mv cal-key.pem .config/calypso/certs/cal.key
$ mv cal-cert.pem .config/calypso/certs/cal.pem
$ chmod 0600 .config/calypso/certs/*
$ cat > .config/calypso/config << EOF


User passwords:

    $ htpasswd -s .config/calypso/htpasswd enrico

Database initialization:

$ mkdir -p .config/calypso/calendars
$ cd .config/calypso/calendars
$ git init
    $ cat > .calypso-collection << EOF
is-calendar = True
is-addressbook = False
displayname = Test
description = Test calendar
    $ git add .calypso-collection
$ git commit --allow-empty -m'initialize new calendar'

Start the server

# /etc/init.d/calypso start

DAVdroid configuration

  1. Add a new DAVdroid sync account
  2. Use server/username configuration
  3. For server, use https://:5233
  4. Add username and password

It should work.

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