Hein (fub) wrote,
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GPS and Ubuntu

At my wits' end, I surfed around in order to find some more information about connecting the Garmin GPS receiver to the PC under Ubuntu. And lo and behold, I stumbled upon this thread.

It turns out that the information on the GPSBabel site is false. At least, under certain circumstances.

This call fails:
gpsbabel -i garmin -f usb: -o kml -F gpsfile.kml

But this one succeeds on the stock kernel:
gpsbabel -i garmin -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o kml -F gpsfile.kml

The conclusion: all that effort I expended on recompiling kernels and modules, struggling with restricter drivers -- that all wasn't necessarily after all.

I'm sad that I spent so much time on that issue, but I'm glad it works out of the box.
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