pilot-link - A suite of tools for communicating with Palm handhelds, such as
those made by 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 the network.
The /dev/pilot fallback has been removed in v0.12. The environment variable
can be set in your shell, to save specifying the port each
time. A serial device specified on the command-line will be used regardless of
setting. If $PILOTPORT
is not set, and -p
is not supplied, all conduits in pilot-link
will print the usage
information. The default connection rate is 9600 baud. You are welcome to try
higher baud rates (19200, 38400, 57600 or higher) by setting the
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).
A complete list of conduits available from within the pilot-link
as of the date of this manpage. If you invoke any of the conduits from
with no command-line arguments at all, the usage summary
will be printed.
Note that there are widespread changes in this release - some conduits have been
merged, a lot have had new options added and some options have been renamed or
DEPRECATED: Use pilot-addresses --write|--human-readable instead.
Syncihronize your Hi-Notes database with your desktop machine.
installs a new datebook entry onto your Palm handheld.
Install an expense record from various parameters and arguments passed at
Install local files into your Hi-Note database on your Palm handheld.
Installs a new Memo Pad entry onto your Palm handheld.
reads or sets the Network Preferences information on a Palm Device. Modifies the
"Network Preference" settings and reports additional intormation
about the Palm, such as the IP, hostname, and other information as they are
set on the Palm.
Updates the Palm ToDo list with one new entry.
Updates the Palm ToDo list with entries from a local file.
Reads or sets a Palm User and UserID on a Palm Device. Modifies the "User
Preference" settings and reports additional intormation about the Palm,
such as the Username and UserID as they are set on the Palm
Manipulate Memo entries from a file or your Palm device.
Read and write address book databases to and from a Palm handheld.
Changes in 0.12: Incorporates functionality from the now deprecated
DEPRECATED: Use pilot-read-todos -w --archived instead.
Get or Set the Palm Clipboard contents from STDOUT/STDIN.
Removes duplicate records from any Palm database.
Dump application and header information from your local PRC/PDB files.
Palm 'Foto' Image Installer/Remover/Fetcher/Converter
Read screenshots from Palm (ScreenShotDB).
Package up any arbitrary file and sync it to your Palm device.
Copies Treo 600 foto databases to current directory and extracts .jpg files from
Copies Treo 600 images and videos to the current directory
Decodes Palm Voice Memo files to wav files you can read
Backup, sync, and restore databases from a Palm handheld device.
Export Palm Expense application data in a text format.
Exports the DatebookDB and/or ToDo applications (DatebookDB.pdb and ToDoDB.pdb
respectively) to Ical format. (The ical application must be installed and
working on your system first. This is NOT the same thing as the iCal Calendar
List the record information found in the Palm Notepad (Palm OS4 and later)
Convert all pictures in the files given or found on a Palm handheld.
Synchronize your Palm ToDo application's database with your desktop machine.
Synchronize your Veo Traveler databases
Exports your Palm Datebook database into a 'remind' data file format.
Simple debugging console for a Palm Handheld device (deprecated).
An interactive Desktop Link Protocol (DLP) Shell for your Palm device. 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
Connection Service Daemon for Palm Devices
Retrieves the RAM image from your Palm device for use in debugging.
Retrieves the ROM image from your Palm device for use in debugging.
Reads a ROM token from a Palm Handheld device.
Accept connection and redirect via Network Hotsync Protocol.
(Available from the source code, not always installed from packages).
Converts IETF agenda format to install-datebook format
Turn previously archived records into normal (non-archived) records by resetting
the "dirty" bit.
completely synchronize the Palm datebook with the "plan" calendar via
netplan, including authenticating to the netplan server itself.
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
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: http://www.pilot-link.org/
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
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 page:
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
version 0.12 of pilot-link by Neil Williams < firstname.lastname@example.org > .
Current maintainer of pilot-link as of the authoring of this manpage is David A.
Any questions or problems with pilot-link
should be directed at the
mailing lists or to the irc channel dedicated to
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).
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