I uninstalled all the KDEPIM apps and pilot-link. Tried to build the latest pilot-link from source but that didn't work so tried re-installing pilot-link of the distro cd.
I set the environment variables for PILOTPORT=/dev/ttyUSB1 and PILOTRATE=57600.
I get the list of databases on the palm!
The only thing is it seems to work the second time I hotsync after booting the computer. The first time I get the message:
Listening to port: /dev/ttyUSB1
Please press the HotSync button now...
But I have already pressed the hotsync button before running pilot-xfer (else I get an error message saying 'press hotsync before running this conduit' or something like that). After I time out or cancel, the second time I get the same 'press the Hotsync button now...' message, but it says 'connected' and lists the databases on the Clie straightaway. Do you get anything similar?
I'll download J-Pilot and give it a try.