Sync problems

Gwen Patton ardrhi at
Fri May 17 20:37:51 EDT 2002

Jeff Vian wrote:
> I am running RedHat 7.2, with the included jpilot 0.99
> I am just trying to get started, and as yet am unable to get my Palm
> Pilot V to sync.

Check your permissions on the /dev/ttyS0 device.  Make sure your user 
has the rights to read and write to that device.  When you 
upgraded/installed RH 7.2, it does NOT assume any user other than root 
to have rwx rights on serial ports.  This will come up as a -10 error in 
jpilot, and a "Permission Denied" error using the pilot-link tools, and 
in the console window immediately after hitting "sync" or "backup" if 
you ran jpilot from a TTY console instead of from a menu button.

I just ran into this error myself about a week ago.  If you chmod your 
/dev/ttyS0 device to the appropriate permissions, it should solve the 
problem. The appropriate level will have to be determined by the 
potential multiuser exposure of your machine...if you make it ugo+rwx, 
it will be usable by ANYBODY, and you don't necessarily want that on a 
machine others can at.  Some have suggested setting up your login to 
automatically set the permissions when you log in and unset them when 
you log out, things like that.  YMMV.

--- Gwen

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