[kwlug-disc] help syncing Blackberry on Ubuntu 10.4

R. Brent Clements rbclemen at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 15:41:31 EDT 2010

Awesome!  Thanks for the info. The screen started working again so it
isn't as critical.

Any idea on why the sync won't work?

On 7/7/10, Chris Frey <cdfrey at foursquare.net> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 07, 2010 at 11:49:12AM -0400, R. Brent Clements wrote:
>> The screen on my BB is lighting up but not displaying anything.
>> Before I take it to get fixed or replaced I need to back it up.  I
>> installed the barry utils and ran the backup, but was surprised to see
>> that nothing was human-readable, so I am a little worried.  Is that
>> normal?  and if I end up with a different BB will it restore
>> correctly?
> Hi Brent,
> Did you use the GUI backup?  I'm assuming yes.
> It is true that the backup stores the data in binary format, in a tar
> file.  This format is recognized and parsed by the BlackBerry itself,
> and it is the format we would have to use in order to do a restore.
> So parsing and building is a waste.  The backup just stores the data
> the device gives us.
> This format has been extremely stable across devices, although some changes
> are slowly appearing in newer devices.  Moving data from one device to
> another using backup and restore is quite possible.
>> I tried to get the msynctool to copy the addressbook.  I can't find
>> any problem with the configuration, but I get the message "Member 1 of
>> type barry-sync had an error while connecting: database name not
>> found: Calendar"
>> I tried disabling syncing of the calendar, but it didn't help.
>> Any help would be appreciated.
> Some of the newer BlackBerries have multiple calendars per email address.
> My test devices don't support this, so I haven't been able to do a lot of
> work on it.  If there is no pure "Calendar" database in the list when
> you do a 'btool -t' then syncing won't work out of the box.
> If you just want a human readable list of contacts as a worst-case backup,
> you can do:
> 	btool -d "Address Book"
> - Chris
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