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This guide is to help Arch users with Palm(R) devices. While installation in Arch is easy, it can be confusing for those who are new.

Installing Packages

You will need to install jpilot, which is done simply through:

   sudu pacman -S jpilot

or, as root

   pacman -S jpilot

This will install all that you need. Easy :)

Finding your Device

Note: Do not have jpilot open at this stage. Now, plug your device into the cradle, then into your computer (i.e. Palm T3), or straight USB cable (i.e. Tungsten E, TX) and attempt to hotsync.

Open up a terminal and type:


The last few lines will refer to your palm. For those who are familiar with Arch, you know what to look for. Others, look for any text followed by numbers, such as sr0, sg0. Just take a note of this, you may or may not need it. Mine lists as:

   usb 3-2: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter now attached to ttyUSB0
   usb 3-2: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter now attached to ttyUSB1

Next, set the directory to /dev and list the contents

   cd /dev/ && ls

You should see an item there called 'palm', or 'pilot'. Again, take note of which is listed. Mine is 'pilot'. Note: This will only show up when hotsyncing. If it times out, retry.

Using JPilot

Open up JPilot, either from the 'Office' menu (for Gnome) or by typing:


in the terminal.

Goto File -> Preferences -> Settings. Change 'Serial Port' to the /dev/palm or /dev/pilot device that you saw and click OK.

Next, goto File -> Install User and type the username on your palm.

Now, first start a hotsync on your palm, then click the hotsync button in JPilot. If all goes well, it will connect and start synchronizing. This will be quick, as it just does contacts, addresses, etc. The standards. There are no special conduits in the standard Jpilot, such as Documents-To-Go, so either find those on the Internet (if they exist) or make them yourself. :)

Next, do the same thing, but click the button below, for backup. On first run, this will take a long time, but well worth while.

That's it! You have successfully setup your palm device on Arch Linux.