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       libgps - C service library for communicating with the GPS daemon



       #include <gps.h>

       struct gps_data_t *gps_open(char *server, char * port);

       int gps_query(struct gps_data_t *gpsdata, char *fmt...);

       void gps_set_raw_hook(struct gps_data_t *gpsdata,
                             void (*hook)(struct gps_data_t *, char *buf));

       int gps_poll(struct gps_data_t *gpsdata);

       void gps_close(struct gps_data_t *gpsdata);

       void gps_del_callback(struct gps_data_t *gpsdata, pthread *handler);

       void rtcm2_unpack(struct rtcm_t *rtcmp, char *buf);


                         import gps

                         session = gps.gps(host="", port="2947")




                         del session


       libgps is a service library which supports querying GPS devices; link
       it with the linker option -lgps. There are two interfaces supported in
       it; one high-level interface that goes through gpsd(1) and is intended
       for concurrent use by several applications, and one low-level interface
       that speaks directly with the serial or USB device to which the GPS is
       attached. This page describes the high-level interface that is safe for
       multiple applications to use simultaneously; it is probably the one you
       want. The low-level interface is documented at libgpsd(3).

           The API described below may change incompatibly at API version 4.
           Take care to conditionalize your code on the major and minor API
           version symbols in gps.h; ideally, force a compilation failure if
           the header is not exporting a version you recognize. See the GPSD
           project website for more information on the protocol and API

       Calling gps_open() initializes a GPS-data structure to hold the data
       collected by the GPS, and returns a socket attached to gpsd(1).
       gps_open() returns NULL on errors. errno is set depending on the error
       returned from the the socket layer; see gps.h for values and

       gps_close() ends the session. NB: ending the session does not destroy
       any threads created to handle callbacks. You must delete all callbacks
       prior to calling gps_close(). Failure to do so results in undefined
       behavior. Currently it will leak a thread, and in the future might
       result in aborting the program.

       gps_poll() accepts a response, or sequence of responses, from the
       daemon and interprets it as though it were a query response (the return
       value is as for a query).  gps_poll() returns the validity mask of the
       received structure. This function does a blocking read waiting for data
       from the daemon; it returns 0 for success, or -1 on a Unix-level read

       gps_query() writes a command to the daemon, accepts a one-line
       response, and updates parts of the GPS-data structure that correspond
       to data changed since the last call. The second argument must be a
       format string containing letters from the command set documented at
       gpsd(1). It may have % elements as for sprintf(3), which will be filled
       in from any following arguments. This function returns a 0 on success,
       or a -1 if there was a Unix-level read error.

       gps_set_raw_hook() takes a function you specify and run it
       (synchronously) on the raw data pulled by a gps_query() or gps_poll()
       call. The arguments passed to this hook will be a pointer to a
       structure containing parsed data, and a buffer containining the raw
       gpsd response.

       gps_set_callback() takes a function you specify and runs it
       asynchronously each time new data arrives from gpsd, using POSIX
       threads. For example, you can call gps_set_callback(gpsdata,
       my_function, handler) once in your program, and from there on your
       gpsdata structure will be parsed by your my_function() each time new
       data are available.  my_function() could change some global variables
       in your program based on received data; it is your responsibility to
       ensure that your program uses mutexes or other mechanisms to avoid race
       conditions. NB: gps_set_callback() will create a new thread, and
       contrary to what you might expect gps_close() will not destroy that
       thread. You must therefore explicitly remove the callback with
       gps_del_callback() before calling gps_close().

       gps_del_callback() deregisters the callback function previously set
       with gps_set_callback(). After the invocation of this function no
       operation will be done when new data arrives.

       Consult gps.h to learn more about the data members and associated
       timestamps. Note that information will accumulate in the session
       structure over time, and the ┬┤valid┬┤ field is not automatically zeroed
       by each poll. It is up to the client to zero that field when
       appropriate and to keep an eye on the fix and sentence timestamps.

       The rtcm_unpack() will be useful when you are connected to an RTCM-104
       source in raw mode. Use it as part of a raw hook, calling it with the
       address of the struct rtcm_t element of your session structure buffer
       as first argument and the buffer as the second. It will unpack a line
       of RTCM data into the structure. This function returns 0 when it has
       read the last line of an RTCM-104 message, a positive int when it
       expects more dump lines, and a negative int on parse failure. You must
       zero out the struct rtcm_t each time before this function is called on
       a new header (H) line, as it relies on the message type field being
       initially zero and uses it to track what kind of following line is

       The Python implementation supports the same facilities as the C
       library.  gps_open() is replaced by the initialization of a gps session
       object; the other calls are methods of that object, and have the same
       names as the corresponding C functions. Resources within the session
       object will be properly released when it is garbage-collected.


       The following is an excerpted and simplified version of the libgps
       interface code from xgps(1). The function handle_input() is a trivial
       piece of code that calls gps_poll(gpsdata).

               gpsdata = gps_open(server, port);


               gps_set_raw_hook(gpsdata, update_panel);

               (void)gps_query(gpsdata, "w+x\n");

               (void)XtAppAddInput(app, gpsdata->gps_fd,
                       (XtPointer)XtInputReadMask, handle_input, NULL);



       gpsd(8), cgps(1), libgps(3).  libgpsmm(3).


       Eric S. Raymond <>, Thread-callback methods in the C
       binding added by Alfredo Pironti <>.