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Old 09-04-2003, 07:47 AM   #1
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Palm Pilot under Ximian Evolution

I am trying to configure the conduit for a palm pilot using the USB port. It is looking for a /dev/pilot, but I'm not sure what that file should link to.

Thanks in advance.
Old 09-06-2003, 01:15 AM   #2
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For a serial port connection, you may have to create a symlink to your serial port cradle (ttyS0, ttyS1, etc):

ln -s /dev/ttyS0 /dev/pilot

For a USB cradle connection, others might have that solution.
Old 09-07-2003, 08:25 PM   #3
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It is a USB port. If someone knows how to do that, i would be most appreciative.
Old 09-09-2003, 12:34 AM   #4
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any leads here?

I'm trying to do the same thing...

I found this reference here:
I have a visor and I am trying to sync it with linux. I have the /dev/pilot linked to /dev/ttyUSB0. I have used coldsync and pilot-xfer and they work, but I cannot get kpilot, jpilot, or gnome pilot to snyc with it. Any ideas?

so I'm thinking maybe a

ln -s /dev/pilot /dev/ttyUSB?

My questions is since I have a few devices plugged into my usb how do I know which device is the Palm (actually Handspring Visor Platnium in my case). Once I get that I'd replace the ? with the number of the Palm device and then try the conduit creation??
Old 09-25-2003, 01:54 AM   #5
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This might help (from notes I made for myself):


1.)change to su

2.)change permissions on the USB ports to allow all users access...

# chmod 666 /dev/ttyUSB*

[Note: in the docs for Evolution it says to make the permissions 777, not 666.]

3.)change directory to /dev...

# cd /dev

4.)create symbolic links for different possible palm connections...

# ln -s /dev/ttyUSB1 pilot
# ln -s /dev/ttyUSB1 palm
# ln -s /dev/ttyUSB1 visor

5.) configure connection by opening Pilot Link and ...

+ in the "Devices" tab choosing ADD and setting it to connect on port: /dev/pilot, speed: 115200, type: USB.
+in the "Pilots" tab select ADD and opt for "Get From Pilot" in the popup.

6.) configure conduits to work with Evolution (in the "Conduits" tab of Pilot Link.)
Old 09-26-2003, 04:13 PM   #6
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hello all

i am wondering how to install *.prc apps onto my visor. when i use pilot-xfer, i get the following msg:
$ pilot-xfer -p /dev/ttyUSB1 -l

ERROR: No such device
Unable to bind to port '/dev/ttyUSB1'
Please use --help for more information

evolution works with Gnome pilot, but i don't see anything that can install *.prc files. does anyone have any suggestions?

Old 11-06-2003, 02:32 PM   #7
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Moo Chas Grassy Butt


I just had to register to thank you for helping me get my Palm Syncing with Evolution...

This is briliant!


Old 11-23-2003, 09:08 AM   #8
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Just a comment :

I just bought a palm Zire and I first installed the hotsync software to my windows partition. Then I installed pilot link and Jpilot and all I can say is that it works a lot better with Linux for two reasons:

-faster connection between the pda and the software (115200 bps instead of half of it under windows)
-better integration with Evolution than with Outlook

I can sync everything from my Palm to Evolution and that's where the magic begins
Old 01-08-2004, 02:21 PM   #9
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I registered just so I could post a note to say thank you to kwixson below, you solved my palm - Red Hat sync problem. Kim
Old 05-02-2004, 04:12 PM   #10
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Thumbs up Thank you

Thank you kwixson, This really made my life easy. My Palm works great now.
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Mine too. thank you
Old 06-24-2004, 04:08 PM   #12
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Talking Treo 600 with KPilot and KMail (kontact)

I just bought a Treo 600 and have managed to get it to sync with the following
Mandrake 10
KPilot 4.4.0
KDE 3.2
Kontact 0.8

The breakthrough came when I used this command

ln -s /dev/usb/tts/3 /dev/pilot

and I set KPilot to talk to /dev/pilot

I did also change the speed on the Treo to use 115000 rather than 57600 which it came with.

Thought I should share the knowledge!
Old 06-24-2004, 05:06 PM   #13
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works quite well

Having said all that there are some issues

It does seem happy to sync contacts/address book entries
It seems to need me to quit kpilot and re-establish these commands as root in between syncs

ln -s /dev/usb/tts/3 /dev/pilot
chmod 777 /dev/pilot
and then
ls -alrt /dev/pilot
to make sure that it hasn't forgotten the symbolic link (this keeps happening)

Also sometimes "ls -alrt /dev/pilot" in Konsole will show the link with a red flashing background and sometimes not.

Also it has only synced some of my calendar entries after 4 attempts.


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