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Old 07-06-2006, 05:53 AM   #1
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Palm Treo and Linux(es)


Palm Treo and Linux(es)

Well, I've been having fun over the past few days (or is it weeks) with
this. MD of company buys new Treo, and hooks it up to sync to his RedHat 9
box running KDE but it doesn't work. I take said Treo, and hook it up to
my SuSE 10 box, and works no problem. After a bit of discussion it is
agreed to upgrade his system, but he wants to stick with Redhat, rather
than go to Suse as he is used to where all the GUI configuration tools
are. Options are therefore Fedora Core 5 (which I have found a bit wobbly)
or CentOS 4.3.

When the Treo syncs, it uses /dev/ttyUSB1, which you enter in KPilot
configuration. For some reason, it works with Fedora Core 5 (and SuSE10)
when logged on as a normal user (jim in this case), but in CentOS you have
to be logged on as root, otherwise KPilot reports that /dev/ttyUSB1 cannot
be opened as read/write. When the treo is connected if you run ls -l on
/dev/ttyUSB1 the permissions come back as:

crw-rw---- root uucp

on CentOS,

crw-rw----+ root uucp

on my SuSE 10 box, and

crw------- jim uucp

on Fedora Core 5

I'm at the point of saying stuff it and upgrading him to FC5, but I'd like
to know what the problem with CentOS is and how to fix it. Can anyone give
me any pointers please? TIA
Old 08-02-2006, 12:23 AM   #2
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I had a similar problem a few years ago with RH9 and a palm. Make sure you check the permissions of /dev/ttyUSB1 and /dev/ttyUSB0. If I remember correctly, both get used and setting the permissions is the first step.

I'll try to find my old notes on this and post them.

If all else fails there are some good articles available online.
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You might like to head over to too (it's quite new though, so doesn't have a large amount of users yet).
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