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ColdSync is a portable synchronization tool for Palm devices (PalmPilot, Handspring Visor, etc.) that runs under *BSD, Solaris, Digital Unix/Tru64, Linux, AIX, and Windows NT. It supports PalmOS 2.0 (original PalmPilot) and later. It is only known to support Visor syncing under FreeBSD and Linux, however. It supports IR syncing under Linux. ColdSync can back up, restore, install, and synchronize database, and can be extended and customized through the use of conduits. ColdSync is rather paranoid and takes pains not to delete anything it isn't 100% sure about.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  07 Dec 2001 16:38

    Release Notes: Some support was added for the Palm m50x series. The configuration file is now better and more powerful, as it includes proper support for strings and variables. Various bug fixes were made.

    •  30 May 2001 20:10

      Release Notes: A new daemon mode, which allows you to run ColdSync from /etc/ttys, /etc/inittab, or usbd, so that you can just push the HotSync button on the cradle and not have to run coldsync manually.

      •  18 Apr 2001 19:38

        Release Notes: This version is a candidate for the next stable release. The main change since 2.0 is much-improved performance for Visors under Linux. There are known problems with Visors under FreeBSD, but these appear to be OS problems.

        •  21 Feb 2001 05:27

          Release Notes: This release supports "daemon" mode, which allows ColdSync to be run from /etc/ttys, inetd, usbd, etc. for one-button syncing: just plug your Palm into the cradle and push the button.

          •  29 Sep 2000 04:38

            Release Notes: This release corrects a bug whereby most conduits wouldn't run. German translations have also been updated.

            Recent comments

            08 Dec 2002 07:47 azummo

            Re: Designed to be "stable" but is not yet.

            You may want to try the latest CVS version and see if it performs better. If you still have troubles, please send a
            bug report to the developers.

            23 May 2002 13:38 jmayo

            Designed to be "stable" but is not yet.
            This application, according to it's website is ment to be "stable" rather than featureful. Seeing as it segfaults as soon as I press hotsync on my PalmIIIx (linux 2.4.18) it makes me think that "stable" is a relative term and does not indicate that the code has gone through any sort of review or evaluation process. Sorry to slam the software so much, but it's not right to imply that the software is stable when infact it is not.


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