[GRASS-user] v.in.gpsbabel, Garmin USB and Macintosh
dkent at sasktel.net
Fri Sep 22 23:19:09 EDT 2006
Thanks for your and Paolo's help.
GPSBabel+ works real fine on it's own. I am using the sourceforge
1.3.0 binaries for PPC on a G5 PPC machine. Grass is your 6.3CVS
I can use GPSBabel+ directly to download from the gps device and
save in GPX format. I can then import the GPX format with
v.in.gpsbabel. The data goes in as points in the Location's
coordinate system. I had thought (and hoped) from the documentation
that track data would import as an arc. I need to work on this.
The attribute columns are in the format (in grass) of easting,
northing, elevation, day, time, and a blank column
Nonetheless, I can get the job done.
I stumbled across utility USB prober on the system. It sees the
Garmin device with partial output as follows:
Full Speed device @ 5
(0x4B120000): ............................................. Vendor-
specific device from Garmin International
Descriptor Version Number: 0x0110
Device Class: 255 (Vendor-specific)
Device Subclass: 255 (Vendor-specific)
Device Protocol: 255
Device MaxPacketSize: 64
Device VendorID/ProductID: 0x091E/0x0003 (Garmin
Device Version Number: 0x0001
Number of Configurations: 1
Manufacturer String: 0 (none)
Product String: 0 (none)
Serial Number String: 0 (none)
I could not get a response with ls -l cu.* I assumed this was from
I listed /dev/ as per Paolo's note. There are many devices but none
with "usb" in the names.
I am pretty much at a loss in discovering the device name, but it is
not too much of an extra step to go through an intermediate file.
On Sep 22, 2006, at 9:31 AM, William Kyngesburye wrote:
> I've tried some gpsbabel stuff on Mac OS X. I have a Magellan MAP
> 330, it's serial, so I need to run in thru a USB-Serial converter.
> So far not much luck with gpsbabel, tho I can get it to work with
> other Mac GPS apps. I don't have a USB GPS device to test.
> I don't see any *usb* devices, like Paolo mentioned, even cu.usb*.
> I guess usb keyboards and mice get their own special naming, and
> the usb-serial converter is cu.USA19QW3d1P1.1. You could try ls -l
> cu.* instead to see what's there, maybe the Garmin is named without
> 'usb'. Try it before and after the Garmin is plugged in.
> What gpsbabel are you using? The GPSBabel+ you can find for Mac OS
> X, or your own build? Which version? PPC or Intel Mac? That
> GPSBabel+ is PPC-only, and may have problems running thru Rosetta
> on Intel Macs (it shouldn't).
> On Sep 22, 2006, at 12:45 AM, Dave Kent wrote:
>> Hi all.
>> I am trying to download gps data using v.in.gpsbabel. I have a
>> Garmin C60 gps and am using Grass 6.3CVS on mac os 10.4. I am
>> using the USB connection.
>> The gpsbabel application on its own works.
>> When I try v.in.gpsbabel I get.
>> Downloading Tracks from GPS
>> [ERROR] XSERIAL: Cannot open serial port '/dev/cu.usbserial0': ?ÿç
>> No such file or directory
>> [ERROR] Cannot open serial port '/dev/cu.usbserial0'
>> GARMIN:Can't init /dev/cu.usbserial0
>> v.in.gpsbabel: Error retrieving data
>> I have tried many device names including those in the help
>> pages. /dev/cu.usbserial0 in the above example was from http://
>> Has anyone had success with this combination? What device name
>> Thanks for your help.
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> William Kyngesburye <kyngchaos at kyngchaos.com>
> "Mon Dieu! but they are all alike. Cheating, murdering, lying,
> fighting, and all for things that the beasts of the jungle would
> not deign to possess - money to purchase the effeminate pleasures
> of weaklings. And yet withal bound down by silly customs that make
> them slaves to their unhappy lot while firm in the belief that they
> be the lords of creation enjoying the only real pleasures of
> - the wisdom of Tarzan
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