What is pi-address?

  • X11 based GUI frontend to address databases from a 3Com Palm Pilot. It can read/edit/save database files in PDB-format. Those files can be read from or written to the pilot using 'pilot-xfer' from the pilot-link package.
  • This version can also read/write the address database direct from/to the Palm Pilot.
  • 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.
  • Warning: This is still beta software, be sure to have a backup of your address database before trying to write back files created with pi-address.



Dumentation format changed to DocBook (see online version).

New in 0.4.0 (July 14, 2000)

  • Build process changed to autoconf
  • Changed default path of documentation to /usr/share/doc/pi-address (Debian package)
  • Default filename for all export formats
  • New PrintingFormat keys for "newline" and "tab"

The complete NEWS file is here (8k).

Where to find?

For your convenience I've put a source archive of the latest version here for downloading via http:




You need one of the newer versions of 1.40 <= QT <= 2.X (http://www.troll.no). Note that currently the 2.X version of QT is not supported and the program won't work with it!


The program uses functions from the library libpisock.so.3, part of pilot-link. Any recent version should work (tested with 0.8.9, 0.8.11, 0.8.13, 0.9.0 and 0.9.3).


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.

Tested platforms

  • Linux, 2.x.x, i386
  • Linux, arm
  • Solaris, 2.5.x/2.6/2.7, Sparc
  • Solaris, 2.7, x86
  • NetBSD, 1.3, Amiga
  • FreeBSD, 2.2.5R, i486
  • OpenBSD
  • SGI, Irix 6.2, 6.3, 6.5>
  • HP-UX, 10.20
  • Compaq Tru64 UNIX (formerly DEC OSF/1)
  • If anybody runs pi-address successfully on another platform please let me know!