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post Apr 2 2005, 12:01 PM
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I've got Gpsdrive running under X/Qt-debian quite nicely. I first tried without Debian by using gpsdrive from the Familiar feed together with X/Qt, which has all the packages required by the latest version of Gpsdrive (2.09) in its "testing" feed. However, I gave up after experiencing too many library incompatibility problems.
I wanted to try Debian anyway!

So now with Debian, I could just run "apt-get install gpsdrive" and Hey presto! There were a few additional things I had to do, however, which I did over a couple of months, so hopefully these are the most important notes I can remember on setting up :

*** NOTE. If you are just starting to look at GPS apps, I'd seriously take a look at Qpegps first. It's an excellent app that's written for Qtopia, so it's much better suited to the Zaurus and a lot easier to set up. It's just that Gpsdrive has additional functionality and I liked the challenge of getting it running. ***

# MAKEDEV ttyS3 ## to create the device within the Debian environment.

At various stages I needed to do a chmod 666 on /dev/ttyS3 (after installing gpsd, I think) and /dev/audio.

You don't need cardctl, setserial or anything like that if you have "cru" from the pocketworkstation Debian distribution (part of the postinstall script, I think). This will let you run such commands as cardctl from Qtopia whilst still in Debian.

Also, you don't need to install gpsd. The latest version of Gpsdrive will talk directly to your serial device.

I created a user "zaurus" with the same UID and GID as in Qtopia. This is to stop Gpsdrive complaining if you try and start it as root.

I created a script that can be run from an icon in the taskbar :


# Enable the CF device. If you don't have cru, you'll need to
# run cardctl from Qtopia.
# Equivalent to "/usr/local/bin/cru cardctl resume"
/bin/echo "dev/null cardctl resume" >/dev/rootcmd
/bin/sleep 1

# -x is to create separate windows for Menu and Status.
# -1 is for 1 button mouse. May be better off without this.
# Took me ages to get the right numbers for height and width for C750 in portrait
# mode. These numbers seem to relate to map size rather than screen size.
# Any numbers above these and Gpsdrive will ignore -r and -s.
# -r is width
# -s is height
# -S don't show splash screen
# -e use Flite for speech output (more on this later)

su - zaurus -c "export DISPLAY=0:0;gpsdrive -x -1 -r 478 -s 599 -S -e"


Installed MySQL for the waypoints database. Wrote a script to import the list of all UK speed traps into MySQL. There are too many for Gpsdrive/MySQL to handle - Gpsdrive crashes! Strangely enough, using a text file for waypoints seems to be faster and more stable than using a database.

Installed flite for speech output.

All was working nicely, except there was no speech output. A quick mail to the very responsive Gpsdrive mailing list and soon there was a fix in the CVS version of gpsdrive.

Installed all the apps/libs necessary for a build environment and compiled the CVS version for Debian/ARM.

Hope this information is useful to someone. If anyone is interested in the latest CVS binary of gpsdrive for Debian/ARM, I can post it here.


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post Aug 17 2005, 07:42 AM
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do you encounter a problem when using Gpsdrive under X, the Screen Saver app on Qtopia launched?

how do i tell Qtopia to stop that whenever i use Gpsdrive and tell Qtopia stop the suspend when i use Gpsdrive?
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suid   Gpsdrive On X/qt-debian   Apr 2 2005, 12:01 PM
ensign   Hi Ian, I am interested in your version of gpsdri...   Jul 2 2005, 01:01 PM
ensign   Hi Ian, Thanks for the file. just installed it. I...   Jul 4 2005, 01:49 AM
suid   Looks like I need to create a complete package wit...   Jul 4 2005, 04:04 AM
suid   Just had a look around and have discovered that th...   Jul 5 2005, 09:51 AM
ensign   Ian, That was it. Have got sound working now. Firs...   Jul 5 2005, 11:46 AM
samxiao   where's the feed for Gpsdrive and lib-art?   Jul 27 2005, 12:19 PM
suid   QUOTEwhere's the feed for Gpsdrive and lib-art...   Jul 28 2005, 04:08 AM
samxiao   but isn't the normal feed for x86 ? because i...   Jul 28 2005, 04:13 AM
suid   Yep, sounds about right to me. Ian   Jul 28 2005, 04:54 AM
koen   It's actually the whole truth, an Xscale has...   Jul 28 2005, 07:18 AM
samxiao   i just wonder why the gpsdrive in debian feed does...   Jul 28 2005, 06:37 AM
suid   QUOTEi just wonder why the gpsdrive in debian feed...   Jul 28 2005, 07:20 AM
samxiao   suid: i used your script but i cannot launch GPSd...   Jul 28 2005, 08:03 AM
suid   This question would be better directed at Meanie b...   Jul 28 2005, 08:57 AM
samxiao   how do i check if flite is working or not? okay i...   Aug 7 2005, 07:33 AM
samxiao   oh.. i found out the problem i run it as "za...   Aug 7 2005, 02:47 PM
suid   QUOTEhow do i solve this problem by giving "z...   Aug 8 2005, 03:48 AM
samxiao   QUOTE(suid @ Aug 8 2005, 06:48 AM)QUOTEhow do...   Aug 8 2005, 07:37 PM
samxiao   suid: do you encounter a problem when using Gpsdr...   Aug 17 2005, 07:42 AM
samxiao   i never able to get my Debian communicate with my ...   Aug 17 2005, 12:26 PM
samxiao   okay now i think where the problem is the LED of ...   Aug 17 2005, 03:45 PM
suid   QUOTEThe problem is how do i turn on the GPS CF al...   Aug 18 2005, 01:19 AM
samxiao   QUOTE(suid @ Aug 18 2005, 04:19 AM)QUOTEThe p...   Aug 18 2005, 06:03 AM
suid   Dou you have a running rootcmd server? If not, the...   Aug 18 2005, 02:47 PM
samxiao   QUOTE(suid @ Aug 18 2005, 05:47 PM)Dou you ha...   Aug 19 2005, 09:53 AM
suid   Looks like Meanie's distro doesn't include...   Aug 20 2005, 08:35 AM
samxiao   thanks suid it works great   Aug 20 2005, 02:56 PM
suid   Full Debian package now compiled and can be downlo...   Mar 15 2006, 03:17 PM
Merlin_fr   Hi, I'm trying to install gpsdrive on my C300...   Jun 26 2006, 07:30 AM
suid   QUOTEnon-network local connections being added to ...   Jun 28 2006, 05:06 AM
Meanie   you probably want to try this instead http://www.t...   Jun 28 2006, 09:35 AM
portalgod   QUOTE(Meanie @ Jun 28 2006, 10:35 AM)you prob...   May 7 2007, 07:08 AM
Meanie   QUOTE(portalgod @ May 8 2007, 01:08 AM)QUOTE(...   May 7 2007, 07:15 AM
portalgod   QUOTE(Meanie @ May 7 2007, 08:15 AM)QUOTE(por...   May 7 2007, 09:39 AM
portalgod   QUOTE(portalgod @ May 7 2007, 10:39 AM)QUOTE(...   May 11 2007, 11:15 AM

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