Kpilot under KDE 2.2-11(Redhat version 7.2) appears flaky. The
Hotsync daemon, if enabled, stalls the program.
That said, the importance of Kpilot is the ability to transfer
mail and address book into the underlying K Komponents (Kmail
Kaddressbook etc) will relatively little pain.
By all accounts, the following program is 'better' (tm).
There are a bunch of tools written for the palm. Do a man of
"pilot-link ". I use pilot-xfer to simply
sync/backup my pilot w/ no GUI (again, man pilot-xfer).
Go to www.jpilot.org to
see a really sweet GUI. They have a great user list.
The GUI also uses the pilot-link tools.
This is much in line with many linux tools, like cdrtools for
cdwriters, and so on.
I love my palm - couldn't live w/o it and have been using it
with the aformentioned tools since September, with no
"Alan Jackson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here's some stuff to keep you busy.
Use jpilot as opposed to kpilot. I don't
remember why, but I think kpilot had problems or
Most utilities (such as jpilot) are autoconfigured to look for
Assuming your connection is on com2, as su:
ln -s /dev/ttyS1 /dev/pilot
chmod 777 /dev/ttyS1
A few general Pilot tips from a friend who is an organization
consultant (she helps people get organized)
- build memos for birthdays (put in everyone's birthday and
add gift ideas as they occur to you)
- build a memo for books/CD's you have loaned out
- In my address book, I use one of the custom fields to store
keywords about a person. For example, Xmas in that field
designates Xmas card list, Bad Address indicates that I know
the person has moved, but I don't have a good address,
whatever. I use these later in perl code to do simple db
- I use another custom field for building a family address.
For eaxmple, I have a normal entry for John Doe. In custom1 I
put "John and Jane, Jim,
Joyce, and Julia", so that when I address Xmas cards they will
"John and Jane Doe", but I have also stored the names of their
kids as well. This really wants a fairly complex database, but
you gotta use what you got.
- You can use your Palm for a travel-alarm and leave the clock
at home. 8-)
- If you change the batteries within
about 60 seconds, you won't lose anything.
- Build a memo for your car(s), store license plate #,
windshield wiper replacement blade #, insurance tele and policy
I have collected my perl scripts together with a small amount
of documentation and placed them on the web :
This script does just what it says, it dumps the contents of
the address book to STDOUT. It makes a good basic script to
modify for your own devices.
This script also makes use of the module
PostScript::MailLabels to generate a postscript file suitable
for printing onto mailing label stock. I use this to address my
The key things I have done for this script and the next one
are the use of the custom fields. The Palm has 4 custom fields
in the address book. I define the first one to be family names,
so I enter husband and wife, children so that for addressing
Christmas cards, I can pull out the "husband and wife" part of
the field and use that in the address.
In custom2, I put my database keys for selecting
subsets of the data. I simply put in a comma-delimited list of
keys. For example, everyone on my Christmas
card list gets an "Xmas" flag in custom2.
Another very simple example, here I select out a subset of
addresses, and output html for a 2-column table, in
alphabetical order, of the selected addresses.