pilot-file man page

pilot-file — Dump application and header information from your local PRC/PDB files.


pilot-link: Tools


pilot-file [-p|--port <port>] [--version] [-q|--quiet] [-?|--help] [--usage] [-H|--header] [-a|--appinfo] [-s|--sortinfo] [-l|--list] [-r|--record STRING] [-f|--to-file] [-d|--dump] filename ...


pilot-file is used to Dump application and header information from your local PRC/PDB files.

pilot-file does not connect to your Palm.


pilot-file options

-H, --header

Dump the header of the database(s)

-a, --appinfo

Dump app_info segment of the database(s)

-s, --sortinfo

Dump sort_info block of database(s)

-l, --list

List all records in the database(s)

-r, --record STRING

Dump a record by index ('code0') or uid ('1234')

-f, --to-file

Same as above but also dump records to files

-d, --dump

Dump all data and all records, very verbose

Conduit Options

-p, --port lt;port>

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


Suppress 'Hit HotSync button' message

-v, --version

Display version of pilot-file and exit without connecting.

Help Options

-h, --help

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


Display a brief usage message and exit without connecting.


To list all records in the Foo database:

pilot-file -l Foo.prc

To dump the header and appinfo segment of the Bar database:

pilot-file -H -a Bar.pdb


This manual page was written by Neil Williams <linux@codehelp.co.uk>

Reporting Bugs

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