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TUTORIAL: gnome-pilot

by Thomas Chung on Dec 14, 2003 (UPDATED 2004-11-15)

UPDATE 2004-11-15
For FC3, you need to:

1. Update udev with yum. The original has a bug. Reboot
2. Check if udev is started (or start_udev)
3. Create /etc/udev/rules.d/10-local.rules file so it looks like:

# cat /etc/udev/rules.d/10-local.rules

4. Link /dev/pilot as you need.


This tutorial covers the initial setup of Palm Pilot with pilot-link and gnome-pilot.
pilot-link is a collection of utililties for Plam Pilot. It comes with dozen utilities for Palm Pilot but the most useful utility is pilot-xfer since it can backup, sync, and restore databases from a Palm Pilot. gnome-pilot is the front-end of pilot-xfer with a nice graphical user interface to sync between the Palm Pilot and your system.

For an initial setup, create a symlink /dev/pilot to /dev/ttyUSB1 in the terminal as a root:
# ln -s /dev/ttyUSB1 /dev/pilot

NOTE: If you're using serial connection,
# ln -s /dev/ttyS0 /dev/pilot
# chmod 666 /dev/ttyS0
(Thanks to Michael Leuty and his Palm IIIc)

Then, type following command in the terminal and press HotSync button on the Palm Pilot to 
test the connection:
# pilot-xfer -l

If it successfully connects to Palm Pilot, you can begin setting up with gnome-pilot from:
Main Menu > Preferences > More Preferences > PamOS Devices