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transfer tracks from a Garmin GPS to Google Earth

This is more of a "note to self", because the parameter syntax of gpsbabel is so counter-intuitive:
  • gpsbabel -t -i garmin -f /dev/ttyS0 -o kml -F tracks.kml
    (the /dev/ttyS0 refers to the first serial port, to which my Garmin Legend GPS is connected, /dev/ttyS1 would be a second serial port)
  • if you get an error:
    Cannot open serial port '/dev/ttyS0': Permission denied
    retry the command as root, or run:
    chmod 666 /dev/ttyS0
    as root
  • to transfer waypoints:
    gpsbabel -w -i garmin -f /dev/ttyS0 -o kml -F waypoints.kml


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