Rechtsanwalt Henrik Becker Saturday, November 1, 2014
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Frage

·  Why is it named J-Pilot? It is not written in JAVA, is it?
·  Why does Judd give the programm away for free?
·  Are you going to Gnome-ify it, or KDE-ify it?
·  How do I cut and paste?
·  Are the DateBk 3/4 extensions supported?
·  The sync or backup quits because of "weird packages". What's the problem?
·  I get an error message that says different UserID or Username. Now what?
·  What's it all about if the Palm says Null User ID?
·  I got a unkown repeatType (16) found in DatebookDB. What the hell ...
·  And a pi_accept input/output error exiting with status -13. What about that one?
·  After testing my PalmOS device with Evolution I ran into the message jpilot: relocation error: /usr/lib/jpilot/plugins/libsyncmal.so: undefined symbol: jp_read_rc_file. What does it mean?
·  I have a problem with millions of alarm windows popping up all over my screen.
·  It says exiting with status -10. How do I sync now?
·  I installed a new plugin but it won't show up. Now what?
·  J-Pilot can not connect to the Palm. Why?
·  Can I sync J-Pilot and Gnomecard?
·  Can J-Pilot be used together with the password protection offered by PalmOS 4.0 and higher?
·  I have trouble writing saved databases back onto the PalmOS device.
·  How can I dump the content of a *.pdb database as text?


Antwort

·  Why is it named J-Pilot? It is not written in JAVA, is it?

That's true. But when Judd first started writing the programm, he mainly did it for his wife and for himself to be able to use the Palm Pilot with Linux. Back then, the "J" stood for Jacki or Judd.Not much thought was put into this. Then, out of the goodness of his heart, Judd wanted to release it under the GPL.

He asked around for better names, but didn't come up with one. GTKpilot would have been more appropriate, but that name would have been a pain to type.


·  Why does Judd give the programm away for free?

1. Because he can and 2. World Domination

Judd would like to see Linux to become the dominating desktop both in the workplace and at home. This is one of his contributions to help make it happen. The more people use Linux at home, the more we all benefit from the hardware support and commercial software that will become available. The more Unix/Linux is used in the office, the more pleasant the job becomes.

And one more thing: If Judd would be driving cars for a living, he'd rather be driving Ferraris and Corvettes around than Chevettes and Yugos.


·  Are you going to Gnome-ify it, or KDE-ify it?

Judd doesn't run KDE, or Gnome, and at this point he doesn't even know what it would take to do this. If someone else wants to do this, that is ok. Judd's only requirement is that KDE, or Gnome isn't required to run J-Pilot.

Judd takes pride in the fact that Linux/Unix has many window managers available to use.


·  How do I cut and paste?

Copy is Ctrl-C and paste is Ctrl-V.


·  Are the DateBk 3/4 extensions supported?

Yes. To turn on the support for those you have to check the option »support Datebk3/4« option in the settings menu on the second rider.

What do they do? Well, they enable the use of so called floating appointments and alike. Once used these will appear in the memo that goes with the appointment and will look something like »##c« or »##f«. Do not erase those entries since it will mess up the datebk3/4 support. In a later version J-Pilot will be able to hide those entries so you will not be bothered by them.


·  The sync or backup quits because of "weird packages". What's the problem?

A known limitation of either the pilot-link package (i.e. pilot-xfer) or the Linux serial port. Either is still in discussion. Some PCs seem to have problems with higher transmission speeds.

Set the serial speed to 9600. That should fix the problem.


·  I get an error message that says different UserID or Username. Now what?

Every Palm has a Username and a UserID to it. If they get messed up, you can run into problems syncing. To set either one or both use the programm install-user from the pilot-link suite.

To set e.g. the Username to "Henrik Becker" and the UserID to "1234" do the following:

$:~>install-user "Henrik Becker" 1234

Make sure you put the Name in between quotation marks. Otherwise install-user will think the Username is only "Henrik".


·  What's it all about if the Palm says Null User ID?

That's the same problem as with 3.2. See above. The reason can be that you either reset your Palm or have never used it on Windows. The latter one would be very good. ;-) To install a new (or reinstall an old) UserID, see above at 3.2.


·  I got a unkown repeatType (16) found in DatebookDB. What the hell ...

The repeat time is field in the datebook database, which holds the value on how the appointment should repeat. "16" is not a known value. So the most common cause for this is a slightly damaged database.

To cure this remove the database like this

$:~>rm ~/.jpilot/DatebookDB.pdb

and do a sync afterwards.


·  And a pi_accept input/output error exiting with status -13. What about that one?

Most likely you are trying to sync a more recent version of J-Pilot with an old PalmOS device. The error was reported before but no real solution has been posted yet.

The solution that works best is to klick the sync-button shortly before pressing the HotSync button on the cradle. The shorter the time between those actions the better chances you have. Try multiple time.


·  After testing my PalmOS device with Evolution I ran into the message jpilot: relocation error: /usr/lib/jpilot/plugins/libsyncmal.so: undefined symbol: jp_read_rc_file. What does it mean?

This message is cause by a conflict between the GnomePilot software and J-Pilot since the GnomePilot software messes up the J-Pilot settings. So next time you pull a stunt like that, make sure to back up your .jpilot directory.


·  I have a problem with millions of alarm windows popping up all over my screen.

Worry no longer. ;-) Judd has fixed the problem. Upgrade to at least version 0.99.1.pre which can be found at jpilot.org/download.


·  It says exiting with status -10. How do I sync now?

The permissions on the serial port are not ok.

You can do a:

chmod a+rw /dev/ttyS0

ln -s /dev/ttyS0 /dev/pilot

That allows anyone to read and write the serial device. Please don't ever do that on a multi-user machine as it can get very messy. Normally, the ttyS0 device will be owned by a group such as "serial" and you should edit /etc/group (maybe with "vigr") to add users who may sync to that group.

Another option, which may be better for most desktop users, is to add commands to chown the device to the currently logged-in user to the X session root startup script and chown it back in the reset script.


·  I installed a new plugin but it won't show up. Now what?

First be sure to restart J-Pilot after installing the plugin since J-Pilot looks for the plugin only at startup in $BASEDIR/jpilot/plugins.

If you obeyed the installation hints from the manual and the plugin author, the plugin should be in $BASEDIR/jpilot/plugins . If not, try to find where the files of the plugin went and copy them into the named directory by hand. After that, restart J-Pilot.

Still no plugin? Then it's reasonably safe to think that either the plugin is not compatible with J-Pilot or J-Pilot is not installed correctly. Also check the manual and what it says about plugins.


·  J-Pilot can not connect to the Palm. Why?

This is normally related to the setup of the serial port or the port the cradle is connected to.

First, make sure the cradle is connected and that the serial port is working. Then check if you have specified the port correctly in J-Pilot or if you have set up a link form /dev/pilot to /dev/ttySx where the "x" is the number refering to you serial port.


·  Can I sync J-Pilot and Gnomecard?

Yes, you finally can. There are three perl scripts to synchronize J-Pilot (pdb and pc3) and Gnomecard (vCard) written by Christian Feldbauer. You can download these from www.inw.tugraz.at/spsc/feld_pub/sync.html


·  Can J-Pilot be used together with the password protection offered by PalmOS 4.0 and higher?

Yes, now it can. As of right now (May 5 2002 that is) there is a patch that can be found in the CVS repository. Important: A recent CVS image of pilot-link is also required.


·  I have trouble writing saved databases back onto the PalmOS device.

From time to time some databases can not be stored back onto PalmOS device. Normally, that is caused by slightly damaged databases. To solve this problem store the respective database using pilot-xfer -i FILENAME For more information on pilot-xfer type pilot-xfer --help


·  How can I dump the content of a *.pdb database as text?

To be able to do so Judd included a programm called jpilot-dump. You can find out more about the programm with a simple

$:~>jpilot-dump -h


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