4.2. Configuring the Handheld Connection

To be able to use KPilot, first set up the connection with the handheld computer. The configuration depends on the type of cradle (docking unit) used with the handheld. There are two types of these: USB cradles or cables and serial cradles or cables.

4.2.1. Configuring the Connection from within KPilot

The easiest way to set up the connection is by using the configuration assistant. Do the following:

  1. Select Settings+Configuration Wizard to start the assistant.

  2. Enter your username and the name of the device to which the handheld is connected.

  3. Choose from one of the following options:

  4. Specify the applications that should be used for synchronization. You can choose among the KDE application suite (default), Evolution, and none. After selecting, close the window with Finish.

4.2.2. Creating a /dev/pilot Link

The setup of the connection with a serial handheld cradle is different from that of a USB cradle. Depending on which cradle is used, you may or may not need to create a symbolic link named /dev/pilot.


Normally, a USB cradle is autodetected and there should be no need to create the symbolic link mentioned.


With a serial cradle, you need to know to which serial port it is actually connected. Serial devices are named /dev/ttyS?, starting from /dev/ttyS0 for the first port. To set up a cradle connected to the first serial port, enter the command:

ln -s /dev/ttyS0 /dev/pilot