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       pilot-xfer - Backup, sync, and restore databases from a Palm handheld device.


       pilot-link: Userland conduits


        pilot-xfer [-p <port>] [-e <file>] [-b] [-u] [-s] <directory>


        pilot-xfer  [-p  <port>]  [-r <directory>] [-l] [-L] [-P] [-f <dbname>] [-d <dbname>] [-i
       <dbname>] [-m <file>] ...

       Use exactly one of -brsudfimlI; mix in -aexDPv, --rom and with-os.


       This is the swiss-army-knife of the entire pilot-link suite.

        pilot-xfer allows the user to install databases contained  in  the  standard  .prc  (Palm
       Resource Database), .pdb (Palm Record Database), and .pqa (Palm Query Application) formats
       onto a Palm, retrieve databases from the Palm, list the databases  contained  in  a  Palm,
       backup  or  restore all of the databases at once as well as many other powerful operations
       performed on a Palm handheld device.


   pilot-xfer options
       Archive files which have been removed from the Palm to  <dir>  instead  of  just  deleting
       (unlinking) them.

          -a, --archive

       Back  up  the  Palm  into  the  specified  directory (which will be created if it does not
       already exist).

          -b, --backup

       Show information on available cards

          -C, --cardinfo

       Permanently delete the specified database(s) by name (without  extension).  Obviously,  be
       very careful with this one.

          --delete <dbname>

       Modify  -l,  -i or -f to use VFS dir instead of internal storage (see examples section for


       Reads a list of databases from <file> and prevents  --backup,  --sync,  or  --update  from
       operating on the listed database(s). A maximum of 100 databases can be excluded. Databases
       should be specified by name without the extension, as displayed with --list, in any order.

          -e, --exclude=

       Fetch each specified database out of the Palm into the current directory.

       Obsolete. Replaced by --rom in v0.12.

          -F, --Flash

       Install each specified file into the Palm.  Wildcards  are  valid  with  this  syntax  and
       multiple files may be listed at once.

          -i, --install
          <file> [...]

       Note: the behavior of list has changed in version 0.12 and later

       List all the databases in the Palm, including OS-specific native databases.

          -l, --list

       Unsupported in 0.12 - see -l

          -L, --Listall

       Adds the records in each specified file into the corresponding Palm database.

          -m, --merge
          <file1> <file2> [...]

       Obsolete. Replaced by --with-os in v0.12 and later

          -O, --Osflash

       Purge  any  deleted data that haven't been cleaned up by a full synchronization (this is a
       safe operation, and will prevent your Palm from accumulating unused  data  if  you  delete
       records  but aren't syncing with a PIM.) The only information you can lose is archived but
       un-synchronized records.

          -P, --Purge

       Installs all files contained in the named directory to the Palm. (Use this to restore your
       Palm after a hard reset has cleared and wiped its memory, using your backup directory as a

          -r, --restore

       Modifies -b, -u, and  s , to back up non-OS dbs from the internal Flash ROM


       Backs up the Palm into the specified directory (which will  be  created  if  it  does  not
       already  exist).  Any  Palm  databases  which  have not been modified or created since the
       versions stored in the specified directory will not be backed up.

        NOTE: Any Palm databases which have been deleted will  have  their  corresponding  backup
       file removed.

          -s, --sync

       Not supported in v0.12. No replacement.

          -S, --novsf

       Modifies -b, -u, and  s , to back up OS databases from internal Flash ROM.


       Backs  up  the  Palm  into  the  specified directory (which will be created if it does not
       already exist). Any Palm databases which have not  been  modified  or  created  since  the
       versions stored in the specified directory will not be backed up.

          -u, --update

       This will back up the UnsavedPreferences.prc file from the Palm. Normally this file is not
       backed up by normal means (Palm  recommends  that  you  do  not  restore  this  file  upon
       restoration of your device using --restore.

       This also modifies the behavior of --backup, --sync, and --update.

          -I, --Illegal

       Execute  a shell command for intermediate processing. All commands will be done, from left
       to right on the command-line, before the connection to the Palm device is made.

          -x, --exec=command

   Conduit Options
       Use device file <port> to communicate with the Palm handheld. If this  is  not  specified,
       pilot-xfer  will  look  for  the  $PILOTPORT  environment  variable. If neither are found,
       pilot-xfer  will print the usage information.

          -p, --port

       Display version of pilot-xfer and exit without connecting.

          -v, --version

   Help Options
       Display the help synopsis for pilot-xfer and exit without connecting.

          -h, --help

       Display a brief usage message and exit without connecting.



       The program will attempt to connect to a target Palm handheld device  and  specified  port
       and perform the requested options specified by the user on the commandline.


       To perform a full backup of your Palm handheld:

       # using long options

          pilot-xfer --port /dev/pilot --backup $HOME/pilot/Backup

       # or over IrDA, using short options

          pilot-xfer -p /dev/ircomm0 -b $HOME/pilot/Backup

       To  restore  that backup to a non-standard serial port (for example, to a xcopilot or POSE
       session, assuming you have xcopilot or POSE configured properly for  this  operation,  see
       the appropriate man pages for details on configuring your emulator):

          pilot-xfer -p /dev/ttyqe --restore $HOME/pilot/Backup

       To fetch a file that is on your Palm handheld, such as the Palm Address Book database, you
       could do the following. This will connect to /dev/pilot and retrieve the records found  in
       AddressDB and place them in a local file called AddressDB.pdb (Palm Record Database).

          pilot-xfer -p /dev/pilot --fetch AddressDB

       This will connect to your Palm device and install the application Foo (in Foo.prc) to your
       external storage card (typically an SD or MMC card) in  the  directory  /Palm/Launcher  on
       that card, using VFS.

          pilot-xfer -p /dev/pilot -i Foo.prc -D /Palm/Launcher


        pilot-xfer  written  by  Kenneth  Albanowski.  This manual page was originally written by
       Kenneth Albanowski and David H. Silber.  Completely  rewritten  by  David  A.  Desrosiers.
       Updated for 0.12 by Neil Williams < > .


   Known Bugs
        --backup will currently truncate/corrupt pdb/prc files if the communication to the device
       is interrupted during sync (such as removing the Palm from  the  cradle,  or  a  temporary
       network  hiccup  during  a  NetSync).  Ideally,  this should restore the original file, or
       delete the corrupted version and  restore  the  original  version  back  into  place,  but
       presently.. it does not.

   Reporting Bugs
       We  have  an  online  bug tracker. Using this is the only way to ensure that your bugs are
       recorded and that we can track them until they are resolved or closed. Reporting bugs  via
       email,  while  easy,  is  not  very  useful  in terms of accountability. Please point your
       browser to and report your bugs and
       issues there.


       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of
       the GNU General Public License as  published  by  the  Free  Software  Foundation;  either
       version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

       This  program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY;
       without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR  PURPOSE.
       See the GNU General Public License for more details.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program;
       if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor,  Boston,
       MA 02110-1301, USA.