Download or upload waypoints or tracks from gps under GNU linux by gpsbabel


Aim

I have got a garmin etrex gps which is very old but working pretty well; its major work is for sampling sites navigation in lakes/reservoirs.

By using GPSbabel, I can easily download/upload waypoints/tracks from gps devices under GNU linux.

communication through rs232 protocal

My workstation doesn’t have a serial port, so I use a usb2serial cable for doing this. In my case, I could find my serial device here:

/dev/ttyUSB0

download/upload waypoint

For using GPSbabel, you will need to know how to do at least two things: read data from a file, and write it to another file. There are four basic options you need to know to do those things:

Command             Meaning
-i format           Set input format
-f filename         Read file
-o format           Set output format
-F filename         Write output file

example 1: download from gps (garmin serial) and write to .gpx file

gpsbabel -i garmin -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o gpx -F waypoint.gpx

or to .kml file

gpsbabel -i garmin -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o gpx -F waypoint.kml

example 2: upload from .gpx or .kml file to gps

gpsbabel -i garmin -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o gpx -F waypoint.gpx

or

gpsbabel -i garmin -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o gpx -F waypoint.kml

苏命
苏命
副研究员

我的研究方向:水源地水质安全保障,主要针对水源地由于藻类爆发引起的水体嗅味问题开展研究。

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