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Old 03-07-2003, 06:52 AM   #1
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Thumbs down jPilot crashes when trying to view my memos

Hi. After some research, I've decided to go with jPilot (, being the most "Palm Desktop"-like application and having the features that I like: fast, small, multiuser-capable, and having all and exactly the same features as my Palm Organizer (I have two of them: one for my wife and one for myself).

The synching was ok, all the "built-in" applications (address book, datebook (including datebook extensions) and todo) worked fine, except for MemoPad. When I try to activate it, jPilot freezes, consuming CPU for a while, and entering in some sort of "freezing" state from which it can't recover. Nothing works, I have to kill the process.

So, the only "oddity" here is that I'm using Cryptopad in my Palm Vx, but my MemoPad built-in application (in my Palm) reads all of them and can change them, in short, all memos work in both applications. The only thing that CryptoPad does is to maintain a separate database (which I'm not interested in having in my desktop for the moment) with the encrypted "memos".

I've downloaded the most recent source tarballs from the website (, tried both versions of jPilot (compiled with gtk1 and gtk2), but the behaviour is the same.

I have an updated RedHat 8 system.

Any ideas?


Old 03-07-2003, 03:10 PM   #2
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What's funny is I just downloaded and compiled that version yesterday, but I upgraded my Linux to the 8.1-beta3 (Phoebe) and it works fine. Memos included....
Old 03-07-2003, 03:46 PM   #3
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I've been doing some debugging and found out that there could be a problem with either gtk1 and gtk2 libraries, or (more likely) with glibc. It 'hangs' just after calling write() function, and never gets back :-(
I've emailed jPilot's author with a more comprehensive analysis of what's happening with this and other issues of the program, including a fancy and annoying behaviour with "Host UTF-8 <-> Palm Windows 1250 (EE)" encoding: it cripples every memo because it converts every memo to the UTF version of itself, in the same buffer! :-*
By the way, I'm using the "Latin1" encoding in the gtk2 version, which is the most usable of the two. The Latin1 encoding support has its flaws, but at least it's not crashing and it's displaying the data fields correctly.
I hope this gets fixed soon, as my wife is really into using something that *works* no matter how heavy and resource-hungry it is (either KDE's KPilot or Windows Palm Desktop). I can live a little longer waiting for the right app to come :-)


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