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Re: Palm Desktop for Linux

On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 14:07:09 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

> __/ [jeff] on Saturday 17 September 2005 19:30 \__
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> On the machine at the University (SuSE) I have KPilot installed and at
>>> work (Ubuntu) I have JPilot. I have never worked with any of them, but I
>>> did view the GUI's.
>>> I have just received a Mandrake box for home and it does not contain any
>>> Palm Desktop replacement. I must synchronise my data with that machine,
>>> however, as it is the only one owned by myself. I do not seek software
>>> that will enable me to do much on the desktop side. I only need something
>>> that will:
>>> 1) Back up my data and be compatible with models later than the Pilot (I
>>> have a Tungsten)
>>> 2) Allow me to send files to the main memory and SD card (preferably)
>>> 3) Retain archives of erased data (wish list)
>>> Am I expecting too much? Which software should I use? There is a variety
>>> out there, but not much of a survey. I have absolutely no idea what to
>>> choose and I must install something immediately in order to back up my
>>> data.
>> JPilot should be available on Mandrake (I have not checked recently,
>> though).  If you can't locate an RPM, go to:
>> <http://freshmeat.net/projects/jpilot/>.
>> Jeff
> Later this morning I managed to identify it in the package manager and
> installed it without any trouble. I am now facing the issue of mounting the
> device and getting it to communicate with the software. I spent almost half
> an hour in vain and the following suggests that it might be tricky...
> http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/05/13/0234225&tid=100&tid=4&tid=106
> I first saw it when it was published and it became somewhat of a deterrent.
> I had no problem getting my scanner and camera working, which ironically I
> thought would give me the most trouble. It's the Palm which worries me now,
> despite me thinking that it would be the simplest among the peripherals. I
> need to get /dev/pilot mounted in some way or another, but I am yet to
> spend plenty of time reading...
> __/ [Roger] added on Saturday 17 September 2005 22:25 \__
>> Yes, it does. At least my Mandrake box does. Just install KPilot/JPilot
>> with urpmi. From the command line (as root):
>> urpmi kpilot
>> or:
>> urpmi jpilot
>> -Roger
> Thanks Roger. If you have any pointers to HOWTO's, I'd greatly appreciate
> it. All I can find is a scatter of forums, wherein people often brag about
> getting it to work rather than saying how it got done, step-by-step that
> is.

I have found that getting my previous Palm's and current Handspring to
sync somewhat tricky. IIRC, I  have had to set permissive on the USB
devices to allow all users to read/write. That seems to be a security
problem, but I am the only user.

My Jpilot setting is:

Serial port    /dev/usb/ttyUSB1

When I sync, I press the sync button on the cradle first wait a couple
seconds, then push sync in JPilot.

Your ttyUSB1 may not be in the same place as mine, but you should be able
to find it easily.

I have heard using Kpilot or apps that use Gnomes pilot syncing software
are easier to configure. I don't use them because JPilot allows simpler
access to memos, which I use frequently.


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