Gnokii on Linux
you go deep into different features of Gnokii and XGnokii, it is a
good idea to do some quick tests to confirm everything is working
properly under Linux so far. Two Gnokii command options that are
usually used for testing purposes are --identify and
--identify command option tells Gnokii to retrieve some basic
information from the mobile phone. For example, the IMEI number (IMEI
stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. It is an ID
assigned to all GSM and UMTS mobile phones), manufacturer, model
number, product name, etc.
--monitor command option
tells Gnokii to print out the status of the mobile phone, such as the
current radio signal strength, battery charge level, number of used
and free phonebook slots, etc. The --monitor
command option takes one optional parameter. It can either be once,
which tells Gnokii not to refresh the mobile phone status
gnokii --monitor once
an integer specifying the refresh interval in seconds. For example,
the following command line tells Gnokii to print out the status of
the mobile phone every 10 seconds under Linux:
gnokii --monitor 10
the parameter is not specified, the default refresh interval, 1
second, will be used.
Common Causes of
errors occur with either --identify or --monitor, you
need to spend some time to find out what went wrong before going
ahead. You may want to go back to previous sections of this article
to check if you have missed something, read the documentation of
Gnokii or discuss your problem in Gnokii's mailing list. Here are
some common causes:
set something wrong in the configuration file of Gnokii. For
example, you specify an incorrect port, mobile phone model or
connection type in the configuration file.
do not have read/write permissions on the port you specified in the
configuration file of Gnokii.
do not establish the connection between the PC and the mobile phone
properly before starting Gnokii or XGnokii. For example, to enable
Gnokii to communicate with the mobile phone over infrared, you have
to start the IrDA stack using the Linux command irattach
before starting Gnokii or XGnokii.
forget to install some necessary Linux packages. For example, to
compile Gnokii with Bluetooth support, the bluez-libs-devel package
should be installed on Linux. It contains the development libraries
and headers of BlueZ (a Bluetooth stack for Linux). To use
infrared/IrDA communication on Linux, the irda-utils package is
those who use Gnokii's gnapplet driver) You forget to start gnapplet
on your Symbian mobile phone before using Gnokii or XGnokii.
mobile phone model or cable (USB cable in particular) is not
supported by Gnokii or Linux.
Bluetooth or infrared/IrDA adapter/dongle is not supported by Linux.
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