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       gpsd - interface daemon for GPS receivers


       gpsd [-f GPS-devicename] [-F control-socket] [-S listener-port]
            [-d DGPSIP-server] [-n] [-N] [-h] [-P pidfile] [-D debuglevel]
            [-v] [[GPS-devicename]...]


       gpsd  is a monitor daemon that watches a TCP/IP port (2947 by default),
       waiting  for  applications  to  request  information  from   GPSes   or
       differential-GPS radios attached to the host machine. Each GPS or radio
       is expected to be direct-connected to the host  via  a  USB  or  RS232C
       serial port. The port may be specified to gpsd at startup, or it may be
       set via a command shipped down a local control socket (e.g.  by  a  USB
       hotplug script). Given a GPS device by either means, gpsd discovers the
       correct port speed and protocol for it.

       gpsd should be able to query any GPS that speaks  either  the  standard
       textual  NMEA  0183  protocol,  or the binary Rockwell protocol used by
       EarthMate and some other  GPSes,  the  TSIP  binary  protocol  used  by
       Trimble  GPSes,  or  the  binary  SiRF  protocol  used  by  SiRf-II and
       SiRF-Star chipsets, or the Garmin  binary  protocol  used  by  the  USB
       version  of  the  Garmin  18  and other Garmin USB GPSes, or the binary
       protocol used by Evermore chipsets, or the extended NMEA used by iTrax.
       gpsd effectively hides the differences among these. It also knows about
       and uses commands  that  tune  the  GPS  for  lower  latency,  decrease
       bandwidth usage, or increased accuracy on the San Jose Navigation FV18,
       the Sony CXD2951, the uBlox, and the Motorola OnCore GT+. It  can  read
       heading  and  attitude  information  from  the  True North Technologies
       Revolution 2X Digital compass.

       gpsd can use differential-GPS corrections from a DGPS radio or over the
       net,  from  a  ground  station  running  a  DGPSIP  server that reports
       RTCM-S104 data; this will improve user error by  roughly  a  factor  of
       four.   When   gpsd   opens  a  serial  device  emitting  RTCM-104,  it
       automatically recognizes this and  uses  the  device  as  a  correction
       source  for  all  connected GPSes.  See [xref to refsect1] and [xref to
       refsect1] for discussion.

       The program accepts the following options:

       -f     Set a GPS device name. This option  is  deprecated  and  may  be
              removed  in a future version. Each command-line argument will be
              treated as a device to be probed for  the  presence  of  a  GPS;
              that,  rather  than  the  -f  option,  is  the  preferred way of
              specifying GPS devices at startup.

       -F     Create  a  control  socket  for  device  addition  and   removal
              commands.  You  must  specify  a  valid  pathname  on your local
              filesystem; this will be created  as  a  Unix-domain  socket  to
              which  you  can  write  commands that edit the daemon’s internal
              device list.

       -S     Set TCP/IP port on which to listen for GPSD clients (default  is

       -d     Query  a  specific differential-GPS (DGPSIP) server. If a suffix
              of the server name begins with ":" it is interpreted as  a  port
              number, overriding the default IANA-assigned port of 2101.

       -n     Don’t  wait  for a client to connect before polling whatever GPS
              is associated with it. The wait is a feature; many serial  GPSes
              go to a standby mode (not drawing power) before the host machine
              asserts DTR, so waiting for the first actual  request  can  save
              valuable  battery  power  on  portable  equipment.  This  option
              combines well with -D2 to enable  monitoring  of  the  GPS  data

       -N     Don’t    daemonize;   run   in   foreground.   Also   suppresses
              privilege-dropping. This switch is mainly useful for  debugging.
              Its meaning may change in future versions.

       -h     Display help message and terminate.

       -P     Specify the name and path to record the daemon’s process ID.

       -D     Set  debug  level.  At  debug  levels  2 and above, gpsd reports
              incoming sentence and actions to standard error.

       -v     Dump version and exit.

       Internally, the daemon maintains a device list holding the pathnames of
       GPSes  known  to  the  daemon.  Initially,  this  list  is  the list of
       device-name arguments specified on the command line. That list  may  be
       empty, in which case the daemon will have no devices on its search list
       until they  are  added  by  a  control-socket  command  (see  [xref  to
       refsect1] for details on this). Daemon startup will abort with an error
       if neither any devices nor a control socket are specified.

       At any given time, each client will be listening to  only  one  of  the
       GPSes on the device list. By default, a client’s device is the one that
       most recently shipped information to the daemon at the time the  client
       first  requests GPS information (that is, issues any command other than
       F, K, W=0 or R=0).

       The request protocol for gpsd clients  is  very  simple.  Each  request
       normally  consists  of  a single ASCII character followed by a newline.
       Case of the request character is ignored, Each request returns  a  line
       of  response  text  ended  by  a  CR/LF.  Requests and responses are as
       follows, with %f standing for  a  decimal  float  numeral  and  %d  for
       decimal integer numeral:

       a      The current altitude as "A=%f", meters above mean sea level.

       b      The  B  command  with no argument returns four fields giving the
              parameters of the serial link to the GPS as  "B=%d  %d  %c  %d";
              baud  rate, byte size, parity, (N, O or E for no parity, odd, or
              even) and stop bits (1 or 2). The command "B=%d" sets  the  baud
              rate,  not  changing  parity  or  stop bits; watch the response,
              because it is possible for this to fail  if  the  GPS  does  not
              support  a  speed-switching  command.  In  case  of failure, the
              daemon and GPS will continue to communicate at  the  old  speed.
              The  B=  form is rejected if more than one client is attached to
              the channel.

       c      If the driver has the capability to  change  sampling  rate  the
              command "C=%f" does so, setting a new cycle time in seconds. The
              "C=" form is rejected if more than one client is attached to the

              If  the  driver has the capability to change sampling rate, this
              command always returns "C=%f %f" giving the current  cycle  time
              in  seconds  and  the minimum possible cycle time at the current
              baud rate. If the driver does not have the capability to  change
              sampling  rate,  this  returns,  as  "C=%f",  the  cycle time in
              seconds only.

              Either number may be fractional, indicating a GPS cycle  shorter
              than  a  second;  however,  if >1 the cycle time must be a whole
              number. Also note that relatively few GPSes have the ability  to
              set  sub-second  cycle  times;  consult  your  hardware protocol
              description to make sure this works.

              This command will return ’?’ at start  of  session,  before  the
              first  full  packet  has been received from the GPS, because its
              type is not yet known. To set up conditions for a  real  answer,
              issue  it  after  some command that reads position/velocity/time
              information from the device.

       d      Returns   the   UTC   time   in    the    ISO    8601    format,
              "D=yyyy-mm-ddThh:nmm:ss.ssZ".   Digits   of   precision  in  the
              fractional-seconds part will vary and may be absent.

       e      Returns "E=%f %f %f": three estimated position errors in  meters
              -- total, horizontal, and vertical (95% confidence level). Note:
              many GPSes do not supply these numbers. When the  GPS  does  not
              supply  them,  gpsd computes them from satellite DOP using fixed
              figures for expected non-DGPS and DGPS range errors in meters. A
              value  of  zero for any of these numbers should be taken to mean
              that component of  DOP  is  not  available.  See  also  the  ’q’

       f      Gets  or  sets  the active GPS device name. The bare command ’f’
              requests a response containing ’F=’ followed by the name of  the
              active  GPS  device.  The  other form of the command is ’f=’, in
              which case all following printable  characters  up  to  but  not
              including  the next CR/LF are interpreted as the name of a trial
              GPS device. If the trial device is in gpsd’s device list, it  is
              opened  and  read to see if a GPS can be found there. If it can,
              the trial device becomes the active device for this client.

              The ’f=’ command may fail if the specified device name is not on
              the  daemon’s  device list. This device list is initialized with
              the paths given on the command line, if any were specified.  For
              security  reasons,  ordinary  clients  cannot change this device
              list; instead, this must be done via the daemon’s local  control
              socket declared with the -F option.

              Once  an  ’f=’  command  succeeds,  the  client  is  tied to the
              specified device until the client disconnects.

              Whether the command is ’f’  or  ’f=’  or  not,  and  whether  it
              succeeds  or  not,  the  response  always  lists the name of the
              client’s device.

              (At protocol level 1, the F command  failed  if  more  than  one
              client was attached, and multiple devices were not supported.)

       g      With  =,  accepts a single argument which may have either of the
              values ’gps’ or ’rtcm104’, with case ignored. This specifies the
              type  of  information  the  client  wants  and  forces  a device
              assignment. Without =, forces a device  assignment  but  doesn’t
              force  the  type.  This command is optional; if it is not given,
              the client will be bound to whatever available device the daemon
              finds first.

              This  command  returns  either ’?’ if no device of the specified
              type(s)  could  be  assigned,  otherwise  a  string  (’GPS’   or
              ’RTCM104’)  identifying  the  kind  of  information the attached
              device returns.

       i      Returns a text  string  identifying  the  GPS.  The  string  may
              contain  spaces  and  is  terminated by CR-LF. This command will
              return ’?’ at start of session, before the first full packet has
              been received from the GPS, because its type is not yet known.

       k      Returns  a  line consisting of "K=" followed by an integer count
              of of all GPS devices  known  to  gpsd,  followed  by  a  space,
              followed  by  a  space-separated  list of the device names. This
              command lists devices the daemon has  been  pointed  at  by  the
              command-line  argument(s)  or  an  add  command  via its control
              socket, and has successfully recognized as GPSes. Because  GPSes
              might  be  unplugged at any time, the presence of a name in this
              list does not guarantee that the device is available.

              (At protocol level 1, there was no K command.)

       l      Returns three fields:  a  protocol  revision  number,  the  gpsd
              version, and a list of accepted request letters.

       m      The  NMEA  mode  as  "M=%d". 0=no mode value yet seen, 1=no fix,
              2=2D (no altitude), 3=3D (with altitude).

       n      Get or set the GPS driver mode. Without  argument,  reports  the
              mode as "N=%d"; N=0 means NMEA mode and N=1 means alternate mode
              (binary if it  has  one,  for  SiRF  and  Evermore  chipsets  in
              particular).  With  argument,  set the mode if possible; the new
              mode will be reported in the response. The "N=" form is rejected
              if more than one client is attached to the channel.

       o      Attempts to return a complete time/position/velocity report as a
              unit. Any field for which data is not available  being  reported
              as  ?.  If  there  is  no  fix,  the  response  is simply "O=?",
              otherwise a tag and timestamp are always reported. Fields are as
              follows, in order:

              tag    A  tag  identifying  the last sentence received. For NMEA
                     devices  this  is  just  the  NMEA  sentence  name;   the
                     talker-ID  portion may be useful for distinguishing among
                     results produced by different NMEA talkers  in  the  same

                     Seconds  since the Unix epoch, UTC. May have a fractional
                     part of up to .01sec precision.

              time error
                     Estimated timestamp error (%f, seconds, 95%  confidence).

                     Latitude as in the P report (%f, degrees).

                     Longitude as in the P report (%f, degrees).

                     Altitude as in the A report (%f, meters).

              horizontal error estimate
                     Horizontal  error  estimate  as  in  the  E  report  (%f,

              vertical error estimate
                     Vertical error estimate as in the E report (%f,  meters).

              course over ground
                     Track as in the T report (%f, degrees).

              speed over ground
                     Speed  (%f,  meters/sec).  Note:  older versions of the O
                     command reported this field in knots.

                     Vertical velocity as in the U report (%f, meters/sec).

              estimated error in course over ground
                     Error estimate for course (%f, degrees, 95%  confidence).

              estimated error in speed over ground
                     Error   estimate   for   speed   (%f,   meters/sec,   95%
                     confidence).  Note:  older  versions  of  the  O  command
                     reported this field in knots.

                     Estimated  error  for  climb/sink  (%f,  meters/sec,  95%

       p      Returns the current position in the form "P=%f %f"; numbers  are
              in degrees, latitude first.

       q      Returns "Q=%d %f %f %f %f %f": a count of satellites used in the
              last fix, and  five  dimensionless  dilution-of-precision  (DOP)
              numbers  --  spherical,  horizontal,  vertical,  time, and total
              geometric. These are computed from the satellite geometry;  they
              are  factors by which to multiply the estimated UERE (user error
              in meters at  specified  confidence  level  due  to  ionospheric
              delay,  multipath  reception, etc.) to get actual circular error
              ranges in meters (or seconds) at the same confidence level.  See
              also the ’e’ command. Note: Some GPSes may fail to report these,
              or report only one of them (often HDOP); a value of  0.0  should
              be taken as an indication that the data is not available.

              Note:  Older  versions of gpsd reported only the first three DOP
              numbers, omitting time DOP and total DOP.

       r      Sets or toggles ’raw’ mode. Return "R=0" or "R=1" or  "R=2".  In
              raw  mode you read the NMEA data stream from each GPS. (Non-NMEA
              GPSes get their communication format translated to NMEA  on  the
              fly.)  If  the  device  is a source of RTCM-104 corrections, the
              corrections are  dumped  in  the  textual  format  described  in

              The  command  ’r’  immediately  followed by the digit ’1’ or the
              plus sign  ’+’  sets  raw  mode.  The  command  ’r’  immediately
              followed  by  the  digit  ’2’  sets super-raw mode; for non-NMEA
              (binary) GPSes or RTCM-104 sources this  dumps  the  raw  binary
              packet.  The  command ’r’ followed by the digit ’0’ or the minus
              sign ’-’ clears raw mode. The command ’r’  with  neither  suffix
              toggles raw mode.

              Note: older versions of gpsd did not support super-raw mode.

       s      The  NMEA  status  as  "S=%d". 0=no fix, 1=fix, 2=DGPS-corrected

       t      Track made good; course "T=%f" in degrees from true north.

       u      Current rate of climb as "U=%f" in meters per second. Some GPSes
              (non-Sirf-II  based)  do  not  report  this,  in  that case gpsd
              computes it using the altitude from the last fix (if available).

       v      The current speed over ground as "V=%f" in knots.

       w      Sets  or  toggles  ’watcher’  mode (see the descroiption below).
              Return "W=0" or "W=1".The command ’w’  immediately  followed  by
              the  digit  ’1’  or  the  plus  sign  ’+’ sets watcher mode. The
              command ’w’ followed by the digit ’0’  or  the  minus  sign  ’-’
              clears watcher mode. The command ’w’ with neither suffix toggles
              watcher mode.

       x      Returns "X=0" if the GPS is offline, "X=%f" if  online;  in  the
              latter  case,  %f is a timestamp from when the last sentence was

              (At protocol level 1, the nonzero response was always 1.)

       y      Returns Y=, followed by a sentence tag, followed by a  timestamp
              (seconds  since  the  Unix epoch, UTC) and a count not more than
              12,  followed  by  that  many  quintuples  of  satellite   PRNs,
              elevation/azimuth pairs (elevation an integer formatted as %d in
              range 0-90, azimuth an integer formatted as %d in range  0-359),
              signal  strengths  in  decibels,  and  1  or  0 according as the
              satellite was or was not used in the last fix.  Each  number  is
              followed by one space.

              (At protocol level 1, this response had no tag or timestamp.)

       z      The  Z  command returns daemon profiling information of interest
              to gpsd developers. The format of  this  string  is  subject  to
              change without notice.

       Note  that  a  response consisting of just ? following the = means that
       there is no valid data available. This may mean either that the  device
       being  queried is offline, or (for position/velocity/time queries) that
       it is online but has no fix.

       Requests can be concatenated and sent  as  a  string;  gpsd  will  then
       respond with a comma-separated list of replies.

       Every  gpsd  reply  will  start  with the string "GPSD" followed by the
       replies. Examples:

                    query:       "p\n"
                    reply:       "GPSD,P=36.000000 123.000000\r\n"

                    query:       "d\n"
                    reply:       "GPSD,D=2002-11-16T02:45:05.12Z\r\n"

                    query:       "va\n"
                    reply:       "GPSD,V=0.000000,A=37.900000\r\n"

       When clients are active but the GPS is not responding, gpsd  will  spin
       trying  to  open  the  GPS device once per second. Thus, it can be left
       running in background and survive having a GPS repeatedly unplugged and
       plugged  back  in.  When  it  is  properly installed along with hotplug
       notifier scripts feeding it device-add commands, gpsd should require no
       configuration or user action to find devices.

       The  recommended mode for clients is watcher mode. In watcher mode gpsd
       ships a line of data to the client each time the GPS gets either a  fix
       update  or a satellite picture, but rather than being raw NMEA the line
       is a gpsd ’o’ or  ’y’  response.  Additionally,  watching  clients  get
       notifications in the form X=0 or X=%f when the online/offline status of
       the GPS changes.

       Sending SIGHUP to a running gpsd forces it to close all GPSes  and  all
       client  connections.  It will then attempt to reconnect to any GPSes on
       its device list and resume listening for client connections.  This  may
       be  useful  if  your  GPS  enters a wedged or confused state but can be
       soft-reset by pulling down DTR.


       gpsd maintains an internal list of GPS devices. If you specify  devices
       on  the  command  line,  the  list is initialized with those pathnames;
       otherwise the list starts empty. Commands to add and remove GPS  device
       paths  from  the  daemon’s  device  list  must  be  written  to a local
       Unix-domain socket which will be accessible only to programs running as
       root.  This  control  socket  will  be  located  wherever the -F option
       specifies it.

       To point gpsd at a device that may be  a  GPS,  write  to  the  control
       socket  a plus sign (’+’) followed by the device name followed by LF or
       CR-LF. Thus, to point the daemon at /dev/foo.  send  "+/dev/foo\n".  To
       tell  the  daemon  that a device has been disconnected and is no longer
       available, send a minus sign (’-’) followed by the device name followed
       by  LF  or  CR-LF.  Thus, to remove /dev/foo from the search list. send

       To send a control string to a specified device, write  to  the  control
       socket a ’!’, followed by the device name, followed by ’=’, followed by
       the control string.

       Your client may await a response, which will be a line  beginning  with
       either  "OK"  or  "ERROR". An ERROR reponse to an add command means the
       device did not emit data recognizable as GPS packets; an ERROR response
       to a remove command means the specified device was not in gpsd’s device
       list. An ERROR response to  a  !  command  means  the  daemon  did  not
       recognize the devicename specified.

       The  control  socket  is  intended for use by hotplug scripts and other
       device-discovery services. This control channel is  separate  from  the
       public  gpsd  service  port,  and  only locally accessible, in order to
       prevent remote denial-of-service and spoofing attacks.


       The base user error (UERE)  of  GPSes  is  8  meters  or  less  at  66%
       confidence,  15  meters  or  less  at 95% confidence. Actual horizontal
       error will be  UERE  times  a  dilution  factor  dependent  on  current
       satellite   position.  Altitude  determination  is  more  sensitive  to
       variability to atmospheric signal lag than latitude/longitude,  and  is
       also  subject to errors in the estimation of local mean sea level; base
       error is 12 meters at 66% confidence,  23  meters  at  95%  confidence.
       Again,  this  will  be  multiplied  by a vertical dilution of precision
       (VDOP) dependent on satellite geometry, and VDOP  is  typically  larger
       than  HDOP.  Users  should  not  rely on GPS altitude for life-critical
       tasks such as landing an airplane.

       These errors are intrinsic to the design and physics of the GPS system.
       gpsd does its internal computations at sufficient accuracy that it will
       add no measurable position error of its own.

       DGPS correction will reduce UERE from roughly 8  meters  to  roughly  2
       meters,  provided  you  are within about 100mi (160km) of a DGPS ground

       On a 4800bps connection, the time latency of  fixes  provided  by  gpsd
       will  be one second or less 95% of the time. Most of this lag is due to
       the fact that GPSes normally emit fixes once per second, thus  expected
       latency is 0.5sec. On the personal-computer hardware available in 2005,
       computation lag induced by gpsd will be negligible, on the order  of  a
       millisecond. Nevertheless, latency can introduce significant errors for
       vehicles in motion; at 50km/h (31mi/h) of speed over ground,  1  second
       of lag corresponds to 13.8 meters change in position between updates.


       gpsd  can  provide  reference  clock  information  to ntpd, to keep the
       system clock synchronized to the time provided  by  the  GPS  receiver.
       This  facility  is only available when the daemon is started from root.
       If you’re going to use gpsd you probably want to run it -n mode so  the
       clock will be updated even when no clients are active.

       Note  that  deriving time from messages received from the GPS is not as
       accurate as you  might  expect.  Messages  are  often  delayed  in  the
       receiver  and  on  the  link  by several hundred milliseconds, and this
       delay is not constant. On Linux, gpsd includes support for interpreting
       the  PPS  pulses  emitted  at  the  start  of every clock second on the
       carrier-detect lines of some serial GPSes; this pulse can  be  used  to
       update  NTP at much higher accuracy than message time provides. You can
       determine whether your GPS emits this pulse by  running  at  -D  5  and
       watching for carrier-detect state change messages in the logfile.

       When  gpsd  receives  a  sentence  with  a  timestamp,  it packages the
       received  timestamp  with  current  local  time  and  sends  it  to   a
       shared-memory  segment  with  an  ID  known  to  ntpd, the network time
       synchronization daemon. If ntpd has been properly configured to receive
       this message, it will be used to correct the system clock.

       Here is a sample ntp.conf configuration stanza telling ntpd how to read
       the GPS notfications:

       server minpoll 4 maxpoll 4
       fudge time1 0.420 refid GPS

       server minpoll 4 maxpoll 4 prefer
       fudge refid GPS1

       The magic pseudo-IP address identifies unit 0 of the  ntpd
       shared-memory  driver;  identifies unit 1. Unit 0 is used
       for message-decoded time and  unit  1  for  the  (more  accurate,  when
       available)  time  derived from the PPS synchronization pulse. Splitting
       these notifications allows ntpd to use its normal heuristics to  weight

       With  this  configuration,  ntpd will read the timestamp posted by gpsd
       every 16 seconds and send it to unit 0. The number after the  parameter
       time1 is an offset in seconds. You can use it to adjust out some of the
       fixed delays in the system. 0.035 is a  good  starting  value  for  the
       Garmin GPS-18/USB, 0.420 for the Garmin GPS-18/LVC.

       After restarting ntpd, a line similar to the one below should appear in
       the output of the  command  "ntpq  -p"  (after  allowing  a  couple  of

              remote             refid        st  t  when  poll  reach   delay
              offset                                                    jitter
              +SHM(0)          .GPS.      0 l   13   16  377    0.000    0.885

       If you are running PPS then it will look like this:

              remote             refid        st  t  when  poll  reach   delay
              offset                                                    jitter
              -SHM(0)          .GPS.      0 l   13   16  377    0.000    0.885
              0.882  *SHM(1)           .GPS1.      0 l   11   16  377    0.000
              -0.059   0.006

       When the value under "reach" remains zero, check that gpsd is  running;
       and  some  application  is connected to it or the ’-n’ option was used.
       Make sure the receiver is locked on to at least one satellite, and  the
       receiver is in SiRF-II, Garmin binary or NMEA/PPS mode. Plain NMEA will
       also drive ntpd, but the accuracy as bad as one second. When the SHM(0)
       line  does  not appear at all, check the system logs for error messages
       from ntpd.

       When no other reference clocks appear in  the  NTP  configuration,  the
       system  clock  will  lock  onto the GPS clock. When you have previously
       used ntpd, and other reference clocks  appear  in  your  configuration,
       there may be a fixed offset between the GPS clock and other clocks. The
       gpsd developers would like to receive  information  about  the  offsets
       observed  by users for each type of receiver. Please send us the output
       of the "ntpq -p" command and the make and type of receiver.


       On operating systems that support D-BUS, gpsd can be built to broadcast
       GPS  fixes  to D-BUS-aware applications. As D-BUS is still at a pre-1.0
       stage, we will not attempt to document this interface  here.  Read  the
       gpsd source code to learn more.


       gpsd  must  start  up  as  root in order to open the NTPD shared-memory
       segment, open its logfile, and create its local control socket.  Before
       doing  any  processing of GPS data, it tries to drop root privileges by
       setting its UID to "nobody" and its  group  ID  to  the  group  of  the
       initial  GPS  passed  on the command line -- or, if that device doesn’t
       exist, to the group of /dev/ttyS0.

       Privilege-dropping is a hedge against the  possibility  that  carefully
       crafted data, either presented from a client socket or from a subverted
       serial device posing as a GPS, could be used to induce  misbehavior  in
       the  internals  of gpsd. It ensures that any such compromises cannot be
       used for privilege elevation to root.

       The assumption behind gpsd’s particular behavior is that  all  the  tty
       devices  to  which  a  GPS  might  be  connected  are owned by the same
       non-root group and allow group read/write, though the  group  may  vary
       because  of  distribution-specific or local administrative practice. If
       this assumption is false, gpsd may not be able to open GPS  devices  in
       order to read them (such failures will be logged).

       In  order  to  fend  off  inadvertent denial-of-service attacks by port
       scanners (not to mention deliberate ones), gpsd will time out  inactive
       client  connections.  Before  the  client  has  issued  a  command that
       requests a channel assignment, a short timeout  (60  seconds)  applies.
       There  is  no timeout for clients in watcher or raw modes; rather, gpsd
       drops these clients if they fail to  read  data  long  enough  for  the
       outbound  socket  write buffer to fill. Clients with an assigned device
       in polling mode are subject to a longer timeout (15 minutes).


       If multiple NMEA talkers are feeding RMC, GLL, and GGA sentences to the
       same  serial  device  (possible with an RS422 adapter hooked up to some
       marine-navigation systems), an ’O’ response may mix  an  altitude  from
       one  device’s  GGA with latitude/longitude from another’s RMC/GLL after
       the second sentence has arrived.

       gpsd may change control settings on your  GPS  (such  as  the  emission
       frequency of various sentences or packets) and not restore the original
       settings on exit. This is a result of  inadequacies  in  NMEA  and  the
       vendor binary GPS protocols, which often do not give clients any way to
       query the values of control settings in order to  be  able  to  restore
       them later.

       If  your GPS uses a SiRF chipset at firmware level 231, and it is after
       1 Jan 2006, reported UTC time may be off by the difference  between  13
       seconds  and  whatever  leap-second correction is currently applicable,
       from startup until complete subframe information is received  (normally
       about six seconds). Firmware levels 232 and up don’t have this problem.
       You may run gpsd at debug level 4 to see the chipset type and  firmware
       revision level.

       When  using SiRF chips, the VDOP/TDOP/GDOP figures and associated error
       estimates are computed by gpsd rather than reported by  the  chip.  The
       computation does not exactly match what SiRF chips do internally, which
       includes some satellite weighting using parameters gpsd cannot see.

       Autobauding on the Trimble GPSes can take as long as 5 seconds  if  the
       device speed is not matched to the GPS speed.

       If you are using an NMEA-only GPS (that is, not using SiRF or Garmin or
       Zodiac binary mode) and the GPS does not emit GPZDA at the start of its
       update  cycle  (which  most consumer-grade NMEA GPSes do not) and it is
       after 2099, then the century part of the dates gpsd  delivers  will  be


              Prototype  TTY  device. After startup, gpsd sets its group ID to
              the owner of this device if no GPS device was specified  on  the
              command line does not exist.


       The  official  NMEA  protocol  standard  is available on paper from the
       National Marine Electronics Association:,
       but  is  proprietary and expensive; the maintainers of gpsd have made a
       point of not looking at it. The GPSD  website:
       links  to several documents that collect publicly disclosed information
       about the protocol.

       gpsd parses the following NMEA sentences: RMC, GGA, GSA, GSV,  ZDA.  It
       recognizes  these  with  either the normal GP talker-ID prefix, or with
       the II prefix emitted by Seahawk Autohelm marine navigation systems, or
       with  the  IN  prefix  emitted  by some Garmin units. It recognizes one
       vendor extension, PGRME. Note that gpsd returns pure  decimal  degrees,
       not the hybrid degree/minute format described in the NMEA standard.


        xgps(1), libgps(3), libgpsd(3), gpsprof(1), gpsfake(1), rtcm-104(5).


       Remco  Treffcorn,  Derrick Brashear, Russ Nelson, Eric S. Raymond. This
       manual page by Eric S. Raymond <>. There  is  a  project
       page here: