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ChojinDSL
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2004 10:54 am    Post subject: Auto Hotsync with PalmV and Serial cradle Reply with quote

Under windows you install the hotsync program and then whenever you press the button on your cradle, the hotsync process would automagically begin.
From what I've read this has been possible under Linux as well, but only with a usb cradle. Or so I thought.

First of all, what you need is Jpilot. Perhaps other programs have this option as well, I dont know, I havent tried them.
Anyway, emerge jpilot. Then run it and set everything up so that it syncs normally. I.e. you click on the sync button in jpilot and then you press the sync button on your cradle. Ok, once thats all done with and your sure its working, close jpilot and open up a terminal. Jpilot comes with a few command line utilities as well. One of these is "jpilot-sync", which as you have guessed, allows you to sync your palm without running the actual jpilot program.
If you type "jpilot-sync -h" without the quotes of course, you will get a list of arguments that you can pass to jpilot-sync. One of these is "-l" which will make jpilot-sync run in an endless loop. This means that it will wait forever for you to press the hotsync button on your cradle and once the hotsync process is over, it will wait again for you to press your hotsync button on your cradle.
So a simple "jpilot-sync -l &" should make it run in the background constantly and your terminal will be free for other stuff.

Perhaps some of the more adept gentoo users could write a /etc/init.d/ script so that it starts automatically at boot time and that you can activate it and deactivate it as you wish, with a simple "etc/init.d/jpilot-sync start".

If you know of other ways or other programs to accomplish this sort of behaviour, feel free to post.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2004 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I installed gnome-pilot recently and it syncs with my Palm Vx quite happily whenever I press the hotsync button. I just installed it as per the instructions.

But I can't seem to get it to recognise my girlfriend's Palm Zire for some reason (the main difference being that hers has a USB cable and mine is in the serial cradle).
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