Setting up a Palm Pilot to run in Evolution
This document is written to help a new user set up a Palm Pilot in Evolution. It has been tested with my Zire 71, but should work with most Palm Pilot devices.
Additions for anyone using different devices are appreciated.
Setting up Arch Linux
I am assuming that you have already installed Arch Linux, updated it, and have a 'working' Gnome system.
Arch's Gnome metapackage does not install evolution by default. If you haven't installed it, open a terminal, get into the super-user mode (type su) and type
pacman -S evolution
You can then run Evolution from the Applications/Office Gnome menu. When you start it for the first time, it will ask for your email settings using a "wizard". When this is complete the main Evolution display will appear.
Installing the Gnome packages
You now need to install the required Gnome component. Open a terminal and get into the super-user mode (type su) and type
pacman -S gnome-pilot gnome-pilot-conduits
Assuming you haven't done this previously, this will install three packages ; gnome-pilot, gnome-pilot-conduits and pilot-link
Setting up the Hardware
Now plug in your Palm Pilot link. There are basic ways of connecting the Palm Pilot to the computer
The older Palm Pilots (like my now broken Palm m100) connect using the serial ports on the back of the computer.
The newer "low end" Palm Pilots (including my Zire 71) plug into the USB ports.
The newer and more expensive Palm Pilots have Wireless Networking and can communicate with your computer either using a USB Link or over a Wireless network, if you have one.
Checking the Hardware
If you have a USB connection you can test it by typing
into a terminal, which lists all the devices connected to the ports. If your device is missing it may be one of those Palm Pilots (like the Zire 71) that only 'appears' on the system when it is actually transferring. In this case, press the transfer button on the cradle or "Hotsync" from the Palm Menus and you should get a display which resembles this.
[paulr@myhost aux]$ lsusb Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000 Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000 Bus 003 Device 003: ID 055f:0006 Mustek Systems, Inc. ScanExpress 1200 UB Bus 003 Device 002: ID 04e8:3242 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000 Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000 Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0830:0060 Palm, Inc. Palm Tungsten T / Zire 71 Bus 001 Device 004: ID 06d6:0025 Aashima Technology B.V. Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
If you have a Serial Zire, it should be possible to test it by going into hotsync and typing
which should display reams of gobbledegook. untested