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pilot-link - a suite of tools for communicating with Palm handhelds,
such as those made from Palm, Handspring, Handera, TRGPro, Sony or
other Palm Compatible Handheld PDA device.
The pilot-link suite of tools contains a series of conduits, libraries,
and language bindings for moving information to and from your Palm
device and your desktop or server/workstation system, as well as across
All of the pilot-link programs will default to /dev/pilot as the
default device used to communicate with a Palm. In general, if the
environment variable $PILOTPORT is set in your shell, its value will
override this default. A serial device specified on the command-line
will be used regardless of any $PILOTPORT setting. If $PILOTPORT is not
set, and -p is not supplied, any of the conduits in pilot-link will
default to /dev/pilot.
The default connection rate is 9600 baud. You are welcome to try higher
baud rates (19200, 38400, 57600 or higher) by setting the $PILOTRATE
environment variable, but various machines have various limitations.
(Be careful about values higher than 115200 on older Linux boxes if
you’ve been using setserial to change the multiplier).
Here is a list of programs available from within the pilot-link package
as of the date of this manpage.
dump the Palm Address book into a generic text-output format.
commandline interface to a Palm debug monitor (deprecated).
commandline interface to Palm DLP HotSync protocol. This is very
useful for debugging potential problems with your serial port.
Query the RAM/ROM, list databases, change your UserID or
Username, and many other useful functions. This is the "Swiss
Army Knife" of any of pilot-link’s tools.
program to fetch ROM using getrom.prc or getrom2.prc.
Palm program to help dump a 512K ROM. This must be installed on
your Palm handheld.
Palm program to help dump a 1024K ROM (used for PalmOS 2.x
convert an IETF calendar to format used by install-datebook.
import datebook records from a text file onto the Palm handheld.
import Memo records from a text format into the Palm.
modify the "Network Preference" settings and report additional
intormation about the Palm, such as the IP, hostname, and other
information as they are set on the Palm.
import ToDo records from a text format into the Palm.
modify the "User Preference" settings and report additional
intormation about the Palm, such as the Username and UserID as
they are set on the Palm.
export memos from the Palm in mailbox format into one file, or
one of two formats: one-file-per-record or
pi-csd this must be running to accept Network HotSync(tm) connects.
program that retrieves the RAM image from Palm.
program that retrieves a ROM image from Palm (without using
program that retrieves the ROM tokens from the Palm, such as the
serial number of the device, if available. Does not work on OS5
program that accepts connections and redirects them via the
Network HotSync(tm) protocol.
experimental program to abstract the serial layer from
import and export records from the Address Book (AddressDB.pdb)
on your Palm.
experimental program to import and export data from Palm
graphical and command-line program to interface with Palm debug
strips duplicate records from Palm databases.
dissect .prc and .pdb files to view header, app_info, and record
import mail from POP3 mailbox into Palm’s default Mail
application, and send mail via sendmail. This has been replaced
by pilot-mailsync from Hollis Blanchard <email@example.com>.
Please see the CREDITS file for additional information on how to
obtain this package.
stores a single file of any data type (such as .zip or .mp3) on
the Palm or retrieves one from the Palm.
turn previously archived records into normal (non-archived)
records by resetting the "dirty" bit.
backup, restore, install and delete Palm databases. The most-
used pilot-link conduit.
export Palm expense database into a simple text format.
export Palm Datebook and ToDo databases (DatebookDB.pdb and
ToDoDB.pdb respectively) into an Ical calendar (the ical
application must be installed and working on your system first.
This is NOT the same thing as the iCal Calendar format,
reads record information and images created with the Palm OS4
and later NotePad application.
reads images created with the Kodak PalmPix "snap-on" camera.
export Palm ToDo database into generic text format.
export Palm Datebook into a ’remind’ data file.
completely synchronize the Palm datebook with the "plan"
calendar via netplan, including authenticating to the netplan
Some of these programs are not intended for general end-users. More
detailed documentation on their usage can be obtained by reading the
source of the application itself.
test program demonstrating C++ interface.
test program demonstrating C++ interface.
experimental program to test C++ features.
The most current version of the pilot-link suite of tools can be
found at the pilot link homepage:
The original pilot-unix mailing list has been taken offline, and is now
being hosted and maintained by David A. Desrosiers
<firstname.lastname@example.org>. The original pilot-unix mailing list was
maintained by Matthew Cravit. Its mandate was:
The pilot-unix mailing list is for discussion and "idea-sharing"
for those interested in using your Palm handheld with UNIX
systems. This includes people who are interested in helping to
develop tools to allow the Palm to operate with UNIX and other
POSIX systems, and possibly to develop an SDK (Software
Development Kit) for the Palm for Unix.
For more information, including how to subscribe to the pilot-link
mailing lists, please visit the pilot-link mailing list subscription
pilot-link specific mailing lists are also available for Development,
General, and Announce topics, at the following:
Most of the pilot-link tools were written by Kenneth Albanowski. This
manual page was written by David H. Silber <email@example.com>, and
updated for this version of pilot-link by David A. Desrosiers
Current maintainer of pilot-link as of the authoring of this manpage is
David A. Desrosiers <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Any questions or problems with pilot-link should be directed at the
various fBpilot-link mailing lists or to the irc channel dedicated to
supporting pilot-link at irc.pilot-link.org in your irc application
(not a web browser).
All patches you wish to submit should be sent to
<email@example.com> directly, with a brief explanation of what the
patch adds or fixes. Please make sure to send your patched in unified
diff format (diff -u).
addresses(1), dlpsh(1), hinotes(1), ietf2datebook(1),
install-datebook(1), install-expenses(1), install-hinote(1),
install-memo(1), install-netsync(1), install-user(1), pi-getrom(1),
pi-getram(1), pilot-addresses(1), pilot-xfer(1), read-ical(1),
David Silber <firstname.lastname@example.org> has written a Pilot HOWTO, which you
can find at http://www.sgmltools.org/HOWTO/Pilot-HOWTO/t1.html
(c) FSF 1996-2003 pilot-link - 0.11.8 PILOT-LINK(7)