Problems with USB Palm sync

Damian Wiest dwiest at
Fri Oct 20 21:12:57 UTC 2006

On Thu, Oct 19, 2006 at 09:25:19AM -0400, Jonathan Arnold wrote:


> Thanks for all your help here!  When I first read this, I said to myself 
> that
> it wouldn't help, that I've tried all these various permutations.  Imagine 
> my
> surprise when it *did* work! I will post a complete followup on my blog, but
> I did have to load the 'uvisor' driver to get this process to work:
> # kldload uvisor
> Which I'm sure I played with before, but now it works.  Now I am just 
> struggling
> to get my Palm, which was recently hard-reset, back to where it was a few 
> months
> ago. I have the data on my hard drive, but I can't seem to figure out the 
> magical
> incantation to move it over to the Palm. It is in JPilot, but I haven't 
> quite
> gotten that to work smoothly.

Be extremely careful with this.  I was in the exact same situation and 
managed to wipe out my local Palm data doing a restore.  My phone 
(actually all of the Palm devices I've owned) tends to crash pretty 
frequently and require hard resets, which wipes out the username and all 
stored data.  In order for J-Pilot to sync with the device, it's going 
to want the usernames to match between the two.  Do _not_ use the 
File->Restore_Handheld command in J-Pilot to reset the username on the 
phone.  I had an older version of J-Pilot installed and when I did this 
(only selecting to restore Preferences) and watched as my local data was 
replaced, not merged, with the data from the phone.  Instead, use 

I'd recommend that you sync devices daily and also keep backups of the 
Palm files on your computer.  Also, keeping hardcopy backups is a good

> >I know I shouldn't be running the apps as root, but I haven't bothered
> >to configure /etc/devd.conf and /etc/devfs.rules on my laptop.
> I've played with this a bit and it is a little weird.  Again, I hope to 
> have a full
> report on my blog some day real soon.
> And thanks for your (and Anish's) help.  Learned a lot about run-time 
> devices!
> -- 
> Jonathan Arnold     (mailto:jdarnold at
> Daemon Dancing in the Dark, a FreeBSD weblog:
> UNIX is user-friendly. It's just a bit picky about who its friends are.

I'm glad I could be of assistance.


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