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Sync Palm with Evolution Works With Root, but not Standard Use

Posted on 2004-10-08
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Hello-

I can successfully sync my Palm Pilot IIIc while logged in as root, but we I switch to my user account it doesn't work.  

Thank you.

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Question by:aaeandcee
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by:ddunlea
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Check the file permissions on the port that the Palm Pilot connects to. Make sure that the use you are logged in as has permissions to read and write the port.
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by:aaeandcee
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I'm rather new to Linux.  How do I do that?
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Well, assuming first of all that you're using a serial port, the port would be /dev/ttyS0 for COM1 or /dev/ttyS1 for COM2 etc.

So at a command prompt, type:

ls -l /dev/ttyS0

And you'll get something like this:

crw-rw----    1 root     uucp       4,  64 2003-10-02 21:45 /dev/ttyS0

If this is the case, then you need to type

chmod 666 /dev/ttyS0

And retry

ls -l /dev/ttyS0

And you should get:

crw-rw-rw-    1 root     uucp       4,  64 2003-10-02 21:45 /dev/ttyS0

The last rw means that all users are now allowed to read and write COM1. Change all ttyS0 references above to the relevant port for your device. If it's not connecting to one of the COM ports, then tell me what port it is connecting to.
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