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PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, Second Edition by David Pogue

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PilotManager

Originally developed on Sun SPARCstations running Solaris, PilotManager now runs on a variety of Unix platforms. Written in Perl with the Tk extension, PilotManager has a user-extensible HotSync daemon containing individual conduits. (It, too, is based on the pilot-link package.) PilotManager requires Perl to be installed; Tk is also necessary, but you can download it with the other packages available on the web site if you don’t have it already.

Installation Directions and “Gotchas”

Installation involves selecting the right “package” for your system. Depending on your hardware, operating system, and installed software, the package for you consists of two or three separate “tarred and zipped” (.tar.gz) files. Everybody needs the Basic package, which consists of the platform-independent Perl code, and one of the Small package files, which contain binary files based on your hardware, operating system, and the installed version of Perl. You may also need the Tk package, depending on your installed software configuration. Unzipping and untarring the packages creates the files in a directory called pilotmgr/ relative to your current directory.

Change to the pilotmgr/ directory and type PilotManager. A setup script takes over and checks your environment and installation. If you’re not running CDE or Openwindows, or you don’t have plan installed, you’ll have to rename SyncCM and SyncPlan so that they’re not called by the startup script.

Assuming everything went well, PilotManager ...

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