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PilotManager v1.100 BETA 5 available
- To: pilotmgr@shadow
- Subject: PilotManager v1.100 BETA 5 available
- From: bharat@shadow (Bharat Mediratta)
- Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 16:40:57 -0700
- Sender: owner-pilotmgr@shadow
After a month and a half of coding and testing, I'm finally
ready to do a general public release of the beta version of
PilotManager v1.100! Rejoice!
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This is unsupported beta software. I've done my level best to
make it as failsafe as possible, but if you're going to use it
you need to EXPECT IT TO FAIL OCCASIONALLY. If it fails or it
does something you didn't expect it to, IT MIGHT TRASH A WHOLE
LOT OF YOUR DATA. Be wise. Make backups before you use it. Be
careful who you give this to. Don't give it to somebody who is
going to have a cow if it eats their lunch. I am not
responsible for any data loss you incur.
READ THIS WHOLE EMAIL BEFORE INSTALLING THE PACKAGE.
I've been plagued with bug reports from users who didn't do the
due diligence of reading the available documentation. Please
respect my time and do the research before firing off bug mail.
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You can download the new version from:
There are many new features in this version and they are not yet
documented on the web page. However for the most part it should
be fairly intuitive and seamless. I recommend that you
reconfigure every conduit after installing the new version to
make sure that all your settings are still valid. I'll update
the docs on the web page after this version has been out for a
Now, on to the good stuff! First of all, I've made major changes
to the way that PilotManager communicates with the Pilot. For the
techies in the crowd, I'm using the Perl5 interface to pilot-link.
It's much more robust than the previous system because I've spent
a whole lot of time working on it.
I've added lots of little features:
- You can cancel a sync from the desktop at any time
- Status window for immediate gratification
- Better error handling
- much faster GUI
- Optional, configurable color scheme
- Much more reliable and accurate SyncCM
- ...and more
The first time that you run PilotManager v1.100 it will make some
changes to your preferences. If you ever plan to go back to an
earlier version of PilotManager, MAKE A BACKUP of your ~/.pilotmgr
I've changed SyncCM to use the CDE backend. No, you don't need
to run the CDE window system to use it. However, the CDE
calendar server that comes with Solaris 2.6 is way better than
the one that ships with 2.5.1 Openwin. Installing it is fairly
easy. If you're internal to Sun, you can download the
appropriate package from:
If you're outside Sun, you'll need to talk to your system
administrator about having this installed on your system.
SyncCM tries to be very careful about talking to your calendar.
It will require that you are running the latest version of
'rpc.cmsd' from /usr/dt/bin and it will also require that you
have converted your calendar to the new data format (using
I've implemented Dan Mick's suggestion for the Backup conduit
so that now you can specify whether or not new databases that
you add to your Pilot will be automatically backed up. I've
implemented Chris Quennelle's long-standing request to have
SyncCM correctly do one-way syncs. SyncCM will now create a
new calendar for you (if you are root or your rpc.cmsd is
configured to let you add a new calendar on your system) if
you wish, so you can avoid possibly munging your own calendar.
Finally as a little bonus for you Bay Area residents, I've
written a little script called 415-to-650 (in the
'contrib/bharat-mediratta' directory) that will convert the
appropriate 415 area-code numbers to the new 650 area code
(based on the list of prefixes that PacBell distributes) in your
Address book. The techies in the crowd will appreciate how easy
that script was to write. Read the header on the script to
see how to use it.
If you have feedback about PilotManager, go ahead and send it to
the alias. If you find a bug, however, please use the feedback
menu in PilotManager to send it directly to me. Remember that
the more informative your bug report is, the more informative my
reply is going to be. Nothing is less inspiring than somebody
who is expecting me to do all the work for them. I will probably
have to roll up several BETA versions of PilotManager before it
is completely bug free, so I will be expecting bug reports.
Thom Byxbe is making up a FAQ for PilotManager to be posted on
the web. Hopefully that will make a lot of headway towards
answering your questions, but until it is available this mailing
list is your best forum.
* PLEASE DO NOT POST PILOTMANAGER BUGS *
* TO THIS ALIAS. SUBMIT BUG REPORTS VIA *
* THE FEEDBACK MENU IN PILOTMANAGER *
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