pilot-addresses man page

pilot-addresses — Read and write address book databases to and from a Palm handheld.


pilot-link: Userland conduits




pilot-addresses [-p|--port <port>] [--version] [-?|--help] [--usage] [-q|--quiet] [--delete-all] [-t|--delimiter INT] [-d|--delete-category category ] [-c|--category category] [-a|--augment] [-r|--read file] [-w|--write file ] [-C|--human-readable]


pilot-addresses allows the user to read all entries from a Palm handheld such as those made by Palm, Handspring, Handera, TRGPro, Sony or other Palm handheld in the Palm Address Book application, write new entries into the database, and delete a category or delete all entries in the database.


Provide exactly one of --read or --write.


Reads records from <file> and install them to the Palm Address Book application. (Use the -w <file> option to get a sample "template file" for input records to see how the fields are laid out).

-w, --write=file

Reads all address book records from the Palm Address Book application and writes them into file


pilot-addresses options

-a, --augment

Augments fields in address book records with additional information. The augmented information is placed before and separated from the field with a semi-colon, (;).

Augmented information can include any of the following below.

category # Placed in front of each record or..

Placed in front of each phone number field:


Empty fields are not augmented.


Install records to category category by default. Normally pilot-addresses uses the Unfiled category by default. This option is overridden by the category specified in the record with the -a option.

-d, --delete-category

Delete all records in the specified category category before installing new records.

Note that the long name of this option has changed since 0.11.8

-D, --delete-all

Delete all address book records in all categories. Obviously, be very careful with this one.

Note that the long name of this option has changed since 0.11.8

--delimiter INT

Include category in each record, use the delimiter specified to separate all fields of a record. Delimiters are specified as follows: 3=tab, 2=;, 1=,. This overrides the default delimiter of comma between fields and semi-colon between a field's augmented information. (Please note that this may generate confusing results when used with the -a option.)

Note that the long name of this option has changed since 0.11.8

-T, --titles

Obsolete. This option has been removed since 0.11.8


Write generic human-readable output instead of CSV.

Conduit Options

--port <port>

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


Suppress 'Hit HotSync button' message

-v, --version

Display version of pilot-addresses and exit without connecting.

Help Options

-h, --help

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


Display a brief usage message and exit without connecting.


The program will connect to the Palm handheld, and perform the requested read or write operation specified by the user.


To write all address records in a Palm to the file addrbook.csv:

pilot-addresses -w addrbook.csv


pilot-addresses -p /dev/pilot -w addrbook.csv

To read the address book records in the file addrbook.csv and install them onto the Palm:

pilot-addresses -r addrbook.csv

To read the address book records in the file addrbook.csv and place them into the Palm address book database category Special after first deleting all current records in the Special category on the palm:

pilot-addresses -c Special -d Special -r addrbook.csv


pilot-addresses originally written by Kenneth Albanowski, this manual page was originally written by Robert Wittig <bob.wittig@gt.org> and later updated by David A. Desrosiers <hacker@gnu-designs.com> and Neil Williams <linux@codehelp.co.uk>.

Reporting Bugs

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.

See Also

addresses(1) pilot-link(7)

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