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Re: [gpsd-dev] comments from being away

From: Gary E. Miller
Subject: Re: [gpsd-dev] comments from being away
Date: Wed, 1 May 2019 16:34:51 -0700

Yo Greg!

On Wed, 01 May 2019 16:29:48 -0400
Greg Troxel <address@hidden> wrote:

> I just updated pkgsrc's entry to 3.18.1.  Thanks for the advice.  It's
> running fine on NetBSD 8 with a ublox6 USB mouse, xgps and ntpd.

> Thanks very much to whoever wrote ubxtool.  I have a new ublox 6
> device, and the tool lets me configure SBAS on/off, enable BeiDou and
> Galileo, etc., without having to use proprietary software and
> especially Windows.  It obviously talks to the running daemon and
> just worked.

Glad you like it.  It is new, so a bit in flux.  Suggestions welcome.
The ubxtool in git head now is starting to work with the u-blox 9.

> I'm getting warnings from xgps about deprecated function use.  I
> imagine everyone else does, and this is known.  But if it's helpful I
> can send them in.

I get no such warnings on gentoo.  Send warnings here and they will
get looked at.

> doesn't work (or so it seemed), even though I started up xgps.  This
> sort of makes sense, but the man page didn't cause me to realize it.
> I wonder if pointing out that lack of -n makes gpsd deficient in term
> of the shm mechanism would be good.  Or perhaps, if -n should become
> default, remain as a no-op option, and we add -w to make it wait.

At best 0.5% of gpsd users benefir from the current default.  But
every time someone suggests to change it there is large resistance.

Suggestions on how to improve the manual are welcome.

> I'd like to see xgps default to metric and 30-degree grid, but that's
> probably a minority view.

ubxtool can have its defaults set with an environment variable (UBXOPTS),
doing the same for xgps would be easy.  it would be a nice patch
for someone to submit.

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