Problems with USB Palm sync

Jonathan Arnold jdarnold at
Wed Oct 18 12:54:27 UTC 2006

Anish Mistry wrote:
> On Tuesday 17 October 2006 23:22, Jonathan Arnold wrote:
>> Anish Mistry wrote:
>>> On Tuesday 17 October 2006 16:29, Jonathan Arnold wrote:
>>>> Has anyone had any luck using pilot-link to sync JPilot to a
>>>> Palm device via the USB? I'm trying to sync my Handspring Visor
>>>> and it just doesn't seem to be noticing it. I have the following
>>>> in my /dev/usbd.conf file:
>>> First you shouldn't be using usbd.conf.  You should be using
>>> devd.conf and devfs.rules.
>>> Disable usbd.
>>> Add to devd.conf:
>>> attach 0 {
>>>         device-name "ugen[0-9]+";
>>>         match "vendor" "0x082d";
>>>         match "product" "0x0100";
>>>         match "release" "0x0100";
>>>         action "/usr/local/sbin/ $device-name";
>>> };
>>> Setup devfs.rules if you have yet to do it:
>>> Add your user to the operator group or change the mode to 0666
>>> below. Add to devfs.rules:
>>> add path 'ugen*' group operator
>>> add path 'ugen*' mode 0660
>>> In /usr/local/sbin/
>>> #!/bin/sh
>>> #
>>> JPILOT=/usr/X11R6/bin/jpilot-sync
>>> JPILOT_USER=your_username_here
>>> export JPILOT_HOME=/home/$JPILOT_USER
>>> PILOTPORT=usb:/dev/$1
>>> # run command ie. (sync)
>>> /usr/bin/su $JPILOT_USER -c "$COMMAND"
>> Thanks, this seems to work a little better.  Now, when I hit the
>> Hot Sync button on the cradle, I get the feedback that there's a
>> connection and it says "Identifying user" on the Visor, but it just
>> hangs there and eventually gives up. If I comment out the action
>> and try it from the commandline, pilot-xfer says " Listening for
>> incoming connection on usb:/dev/ugen0... ". It seems to me that
>> both are waiting for the other to initiate something. ugen0 doesn't
>> get created until I hit the HotSync button, but the pilot-link
>> stuff seems to be waiting for that to happen again?
> You'll need to install the user:
> # install pilot-link username
> COMMAND=`echo /usr/local/bin/install-user -p $PILOTPORT -u 
> $JPILOT_USER -i 1001`

I thought it might be something like this, so I played quite a bit last
night trying to get this command to work, but still no joy in mudville.
I replaced the jpilot-sync COMMAND line with the install-user one, but it
still does the same thing. I press the hot sync button, I get the confirmation
that a connection was made from the Visor, but both ends just sit there at
that point.

I feel like I'm ever so close and am just missing one tweak to push it
over into usability.

BTW, what is the 'uvisor' driver for? Should I be trying to use this one
instead of the 'ugen', which is the generic interface?

Jonathan Arnold     (mailto:jdarnold at
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