Palm /dev ???

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How do I find the file name in /dev for the Palm Visor usb cradle I have installed?

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Anca Tibor (anca-tibor) said :

This is quite easy. You have to open a terminal with root privileges. Type 'tail -f /var/log/messages'. This will display the few last lines of the file 'messages' and the option '-f' will show every activity currently logged into 'messages'. Afterwards you plug in your Palm and start a HotSync process. This activity will appear in 'messages' as a kernel message. Normally, it should be ttyUSB1 the device, you should see your Palm has been assigned to.

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Sascha Brossmann (brsma) said :

If you installed the standard palm pilot support packages, the node /dev/pilot should be created when you connect and activate your device. Beware, this means that this node is only visible/accessible during hotsync. When you want to sync e.g. with gnome/jpilot/evolution/..., you currently need to initiate a hotsync on the pda *before* starting the according action on the computer (the regular case would be the other way round). Otherwise your pda will not be discovered. The time frame in which this must happen is unfortunately very small, you might need to try several times. Support for pdas based on the same USB drivers as the Visor (e.g. Sony Clie series) is currently not satisfying and needs improvement. I would like to consider the console based pilot-link package the most stable solution for now.

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Ubuntu User (anotherubuntuuser) said :


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