Section: PILOT-LINK (1)
Updated: Copyright 1996-2007 FSF
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pilot-foto - Palm 'Foto' Image Installer/Remover/Fetcher/Converter  


pilot-link: Userland conduits



 pilot-foto [-p|--port <port>] [--version] [-?|--help] [-q|--quiet] [--usage] [-d|--delete] [--delete-all] [-i|--install] [-l|--list] [-f|--fetch] [-F|--fetch-all] [-c|--convert]



This is a palm conduit to fetch, install, or remove, Foto files from a Palm. It can also convert *.jpg.pdb files that have already been fetched from the Palm to jpeg files.

Delete all, or named fotos from handheld.

Install one, or many jpeg images to handheld.

List all jpeg files and thumbnails on handheld.

Fetch all jpeg files, or certain ones by name.

Tries to detect if a file really is a jpeg and refuses to install it, if it is not.

pilot-foto allows you to do multiple operations in one sync. For instance, delete test.jpg and install test.jpg.



pilot-foto -p <port> [options] file




pilot-foto options


Delete a jpg file on the handheld


Delete ALL jpg files on the handheld


Install a jpg file


List all photos and thumbnails


Fetch files from the Palm


Fetch ALL jpg files from the Palm


convert [file].jpg.pdb files to jpg


Conduit Options

                        --port port

Use device file port to communicate with the Palm handheld. If this is not specified, pilot-foto will look for the $PILOTPORT environment variable. If neither are found or supplied, pilot-foto will print the usage information.


Suppress 'Hit HotSync button' message


Display version of pilot-foto and exit without connecting.


Help Options


Display the help synopsis for pilot-foto and exit without connecting.


Display a brief usage message and exit without connecting.



            pilot-foto -p /dev/pilot -f pilot-foto -d MyImage.jpg
            pilot-foto -i MyImage.jpg
            pilot-foto -i *.jpg
            pilot-foto -f MyImage
            pilot-foto -c MyImage.jpg.pdb



Palm has not published their database format for the thumbnails. So, pilot-foto puts a generic penguin thumbnail for every image uploaded. Fotos can be accessed by a named list on the handheld as well as the thumbnails. This has been tried on a couple of handhelds. It is possible that a foreign palm or different model will not like it.

To get a thumbnail image you can copy the jpegs to the memory card. If you copy them back to the handheld they will have a new thumbnail that matches the jpeg.



This manual page was converted to XML by Neil Williams <linux@codehelp.co.uk>



If a jpeg is installed with the same name as one already on the palm you will have 2 thumbnails pointing to the same jpeg. The new jpeg will overwrite the old jpeg.

If the thumbnail fails to install then the jpeg should be removed. It is not.

We have an online bug tracker. Using this is the only way to ensure that your bugs are recorded and that we can track them until they are resolved or closed. Reporting bugs via email, while easy, is not very useful in terms of accountability. Please point your browser to http://bugs.pilot-link.org: http://bugs.pilot-link.org and report your bugs and issues there.



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 of the License, 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., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.