pi-address FAQ

Michael Wiedmann

mw@miwie.in-berlin.de

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Revision v2.01 July 23, 2000

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Abstract

This document is the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for pi-address, a GUI frontend for the address database of a 3Com Palm Pilot.


Table of Contents
General
Installation
Using the program
Miscellaneous
Credits
License
Links
Appendix A. GNU Free Documentation License

General

What is pi-address?

A GUI frontend to address databases from a 3Com Palm Pilot. It can read/edit/save address database files in PDB-format. Those files can be read from or written to the pilot using pilot-xfer from the pilot-link package. Starting with V0.2.0 it can read your address data directly from the Pilot.

Can it be used standalone?

The program can also be used as a general address manager without a 3Com Palm Pilot. Some of the record fields may not be very meaningful in this case.

Can it read direct from my Palm Pilot?

Starting with V0.2.0 the program can read the address data directly from the Palm Pilot. Put your Pilot in the cradle, connect the cable properly and select Pilot / Read from Pilot from the menu or by pressing the button in the toolbar.

You will be prompted for pressing the Hotsync Key and the data is read from the pilot. Afterwards you can save the data to a file in PDB-format, the format used by pilot-xfer from the pilot-link package.

An alternative way to get your address data is using pilot-xfer from the pilot-link-package.

To fetch the database from your Pilot use the following command:

pilot-xfer -f AddressDB

Yet another way is to backup all your files from the Pilot with the following command:

pilot-xfer -b(ackup) backup-dir

Afterwards backup-dir is populated with all files from your Pilot. One of them is AddressDB.pdb. You can directly read this file with pi-address.

Can it write direct to my Palm Pilot?

Starting with V0.2.1 the program can write the address data directly to the Palm Pilot. Put your Pilot in the cradle, connect the cable properly and select Pilot / Write to Pilot from the menu or by pressing the button in toolbar.

You will be prompted for pressing the Hotsync Key and the data is written into the pilot.

An alternative way to write your address data back to the Pilot is using pilot-xfer from the pilot-link-package.

pilot-xfer -d AddressDB

pilot-xfer -i AddressDB.pdb

Before writing your database back to the Pilot you have to delete the database on the Pilot first and then install the saved data file using the second command (otherwise you will get duplicate records).

Can it sync my database?

No, not yet. This maybe will be added in a future version. If you want to sync all your database files from your Palm Pilot watch out for KPilot or gnome-pilot.