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Gsak (geocaching Swiss Army Knife) Version 6.5

#101 User is offline   mizdeeds 

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Posted 15 December 2005 - 07:55 PM

robertlipe, on Dec 15 2005, 02:31 PM, said:

Since I can't think of any Magellan receiver that has both USB _and_ serial and you didn't find the answer that it supports both very satisfying,  I need to know exactly what receiver you're using to clarify the above.

The referenced link explains how to write to Explorist via USB - either SD or internal memory and how to write to a Meridian SD card. 

If what you're using is a serial port (i.e. a Meridian with a serial cable plugged into a USB-based serial port) then from the viewof GSAK (indeed, any other program) it's not USB - it's serial and the instructions at http://gsak.net/help/hs8100.htm apply.

I understand that it supports both and have made downloads successfully to my Magellan Meridian Color GPSr. The screen for downloading waypoints referenced in the URL you mentioned doesn't address the question/request I had. If you look at the Setup GPSr screen (shown here: http://gsak.net/help/hs8000.htm), after selecting Magellan GPS, the checkbox for USB disappears, and I am forced to select Com 1, 2, or 3 for my connection. When I have it plugged into a USB port with the (serial to USB) adapter cable, selecting Com 1, 2 or 3 doesn't work, and I get errors that the GPS cannot be found. The only way I can make a direct download to the GPS is to disconnect the USB adapter, drag my tower out and crawl around behind it to get the serial cable plugged in... which is where it is going to live, because I'm just not going to mess with it anymore... at least not until I get some mapping software and want to download some maps to the SD card.

Thanks for the suggestions. :unsure:

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Posted 15 December 2005 - 08:09 PM

mizdeeds, on Dec 16 2005, 11:55 AM, said:

robertlipe, on Dec 15 2005, 02:31 PM, said:

Since I can't think of any Magellan receiver that has both USB _and_ serial and you didn't find the answer that it supports both very satisfying,  I need to know exactly what receiver you're using to clarify the above.

The referenced link explains how to write to Explorist via USB - either SD or internal memory and how to write to a Meridian SD card. 

If what you're using is a serial port (i.e. a Meridian with a serial cable plugged into a USB-based serial port) then from the viewof GSAK (indeed, any other program) it's not USB - it's serial and the instructions at http://gsak.net/help/hs8100.htm apply.

I understand that it supports both and have made downloads successfully to my Magellan Meridian Color GPSr. The screen for downloading waypoints referenced in the URL you mentioned doesn't address the question/request I had. If you look at the Setup GPSr screen (shown here: http://gsak.net/help/hs8000.htm), after selecting Magellan GPS, the checkbox for USB disappears, and I am forced to select Com 1, 2, or 3 for my connection. When I have it plugged into a USB port with the (serial to USB) adapter cable, selecting Com 1, 2 or 3 doesn't work, and I get errors that the GPS cannot be found. The only way I can make a direct download to the GPS is to disconnect the USB adapter, drag my tower out and crawl around behind it to get the serial cable plugged in... which is where it is going to live, because I'm just not going to mess with it anymore... at least not until I get some mapping software and want to download some maps to the SD card.

Thanks for the suggestions. :unsure:

I think this is just confusion on the "usb" terminology

In GSAK terminology, only Garmin brand GPSr units support directly sending waypoints to the GPSr via USB.

Magellan do have the SD card option and the eXplorist is just seen as a "Mass storage device" by your computer.

So if you have selected Magellan in your set up, you really have the best of both worlds. If your model only supporst serial transfer then hook up your RS232 cable and use the option to send waypoints to the GPSr directly.

If your model has the SD card (or eXplorist via the "mass storage device") then go to "GPS=>Export to Magellan eXplorist and SD card ...."

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Posted 15 December 2005 - 11:30 PM

mizdeeds @ Dec 16 2005, on 11:55 AM, said:

after selecting Magellan GPS, the checkbox for USB disappears, and I am forced to select Com 1, 2, or 3 for my connection. When I have it plugged into a USB port with the (serial to USB) adapter cable, selecting Com 1, 2 or 3 doesn't work, and I get errors that the GPS cannot be found.

When using a serial/USB adapter cable, it appears to the PC as a COM port, even though it's plugged into a USB port. USB is only the mechanism by which the serial connection is made to the PC.

GSAK shows all available COM ports in that box (normally I'll only see COM1-COM4, but when I plug in the serial/USB cable from my eTrex Legend, COM5 magically appears as well). If none of COM1-COM3 are your adapter's address, then I think the problem lies with the drivers for your serial/USB adapter or with something else using the COM port that those drivers have set up.

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 03:03 AM

mizdeeds, on Dec 15 2005, 01:59 PM, said:

robertlipe, on Dec 15 2005, 10:58 AM, said:

mizdeeds, on Dec 15 2005, 09:33 AM, said:

would like to see a USB option available for Magellan GPSr's in the next release.  Or, is it there somewhere and I'm missing it?

It's done this for a long time and fully support Explorist (both geocache and user poi) and Meridian models. See: http://gsak.net/help/hs8700.htm

I'm not trying to put it on a SD card, I just don't want to have to scramble around the back of my tower to plug in a serial cable when I have the adapter cable to be able to just pop it into my USB hub on my desk. Just a convenience thing. The Setup for Magellan GPSr's doesn't have the checkbox for USB, as the Garmin one does. For now I've left the serial cable plugged in, so it's not a big problem, but I've been told that downloading maps takes a seriously long time with serial, so I'll have to pull it to plug into the USB adapter for that. Would like to avoid switching back and forth.

Also switching serial to usb would make no diff in speed - even if it did work.

Thanks! :unsure:

I think you are using a cable to convert your usb port to serial. If that's correct you do not need to use the usb output but the com port output that the driver for the cable specifies. In other words Select COMM PORT 5 insteed of a USB output.

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 06:10 AM

ClydeE, on Dec 15 2005, 03:05 PM, said:

LBSurfer, on Dec 16 2005, 02:17 AM, said:

I've had a start-up macro that has run fine the last few releases.  It basically checks my mail, improts new PQ's and sorts them as I designate.  All of a sudden, I'm getting the following error midway through the macro running:

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I hit OK and then viewed each DB to 'update' them.  I then ran the macro again.  Same error.  I restarted GSAK.  Same error occurred.  I can't seem to see what I'm doing wrong.  Any ideas?

This error should only come up when you are using a move/copy where the destination database has not yet been opened under version 6.5

What this implies is that your macro is doing a move/copy to a database that has not yet been opened under 6.5

Take a look at your macro and check every move/copy line you have in it and make sure you have opened each of the corresponding databases at least once before running it.

Thanks Clyde - apparently you need to skip the opening macro, open every DB and let it upgrade to 6.5, close GSAK, and restart GSAK. I had opened each DB after the error occurred previously, but it never 'took' for whatever reason (it never asked me if I wanted it to back-up the DB's upon exiting the program). The above process took care of everything.

Thanks for a great tool!!!! And the support is, by far, the best I've ever had with any software!

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 07:18 AM

papatom2, on Dec 16 2005, 03:03 AM, said:


Also switching serial to usb would make no diff in speed - even if it did work.

I think you are using a cable to convert your usb port to serial. If that's correct you do not need to use the usb output but the com port output that the driver for the cable specifies. In other words Select COMM PORT 5 insteed of a USB output.

Thank you papatom, I will look into the settings for the cable.

So, the USB won't make a diff in download time and I didn't need to get the adapter cable? sheesh My mapping software hasn't arrived yet so I haven't tried to download any maps to it. Sounds like I should just transfer the files to the SD card by other means and forget the cable.

I appreciate all the help and comments from everyone.

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 07:53 AM

Question about GSAK and Pocket Streets:

I would like to know if it is possible to create a file that would show caches locations on Pocket Streets. I have P.S. on my IPAQ and would like to know if I can export cache locations to a file and load in on my Pocket PC. How exactly is this done?

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 10:37 AM

Does GSAK support geocaching.com's bookmark feature? It would be nice to see what bookmarks a cache is on. It would also be nice to filter based on bookmarks.

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 11:32 AM

Button icons? Is there a way to create or specify graphical buttons for macros instead of just the lettered ones?

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 12:25 PM

ClydeE, on Dec 14 2005, 03:57 PM, said:

You could of course alter the ge.txt macro directly to include this code. However, I have done it this way to insulate against future changes. The problem with changing the macro directly is that if a new version (with some whiz bang feature) is published on the web site, you then have to figure out how to integrate your changes with the new version all over again.

I'm got a couple of questions about this comment. I have modified the existing ge.txt macro to display in GE only those caches that I've marked with the user flag. I've also made a few more changes like showing the cache name in GE instead of the code. Are these type of changes things that could be done with a pre-script or some other method like you mention? If so, specific suggestion?

Secondly, the GE.txt macro changes the sorting of my list and then defaults it back to "natural". However, I like my list sorted by distance from a location most of the time. Is there a way to make the macro set sorting back to whatever it was at previously instead of having it change manually to "natural", "distance" or something else? Basically, is there a sort "previous" function?

John

My changed file can be viewed here. It uses a previously created "user flag = set" filter created for the CacheMaps macro.

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 01:03 PM

So I run the following macro...

Export type=GPX File="C:\Documents and Settings\bdes\Desktop\Geo\NJVirtuals.gpx"
RunPgm Pgm="C:\Garmin\MapSource.exe" Parms="C:\Documents and Settings\bdes\Desktop\Geo\NJVirtuals.gpx"


It does exactly what I want, creating a gpx file that is automatically opened in Mapsource.

My question is this, is there a way to update this macro to change things? For example, with this macro, I need it to have the 'make symbols same as last gps send' checked as well as having the waypoint name being %smart.

However, I want to use a variation of the code to make the gpx file for my spinner. This file need to have the 'make symbols same as last gps send' unchecked as well as having the waypoint name being %code.

Is there a way to set this to the above marco? (Once I know how to do it for one, copying and editing it to make it for the other should be easy enough.)

Currently I have to do much of the changing by hand which is a pain.

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 01:28 PM

ODragon, on Dec 16 2005, 01:03 PM, said:

My question is this, is there a way to update this macro to change things?  For example, with this macro, I need it to have the 'make symbols same as last gps send' checked as well as having the waypoint name being %smart.

However, I want to use a variation of the code to make the gpx file for my spinner.  This file need to have the 'make symbols same as last gps send' unchecked as well as having the waypoint name being %code. 

Is there a way to set this to the above marco?  (Once I know how to do it for one, copying and editing it to make it for the other should be easy enough.)

Currently I have to do much of the changing by hand which is a pain.

Yes, Virginia, there is a way. Actually, there's two.

The easiest way is to set up the export dialogs the way you want, then save these settings using the "Save" button at the bottom of every export dialog, then reference those saved settings in your Export command in the macro. See the Export help and notice the "Settings=" parameter.

There's another way that allows you to set these options from within the macro. However, it's fairly intricate if you're not comfortable with the macro language. See the MacroSet command in the helpfile for details. Basically, you go to the export dialog, set the checkboxes and fields the way you need them, then save those export setting with a special name. This name can then be used to pull those settings out in a format that's usable in a macro. Details are at the above link. It's actually pretty simple once you see how it works together with the existing macro functionality.

Hope that helps.

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 02:44 PM

M-T-P, on Dec 17 2005, 03:32 AM, said:

Button icons? Is there a way to create or specify graphical buttons for macros instead of just the lettered ones?

Currently no, but it is on "the list"

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 02:44 PM

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I've also made a few more changes like showing the cache name in GE instead of the code. Are these type of changes things that could be done with a pre-script or some other method like you mention? If so, specific suggestion?

M-T-P
I would like to know what you did in the macro to get the name instead of the code number

This post has been edited by Nomade: 16 December 2005 - 02:46 PM


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Posted 16 December 2005 - 02:48 PM

Nomade, on Dec 16 2005, 02:44 PM, said:

I would like to know what you did in the macro to get the name instead of the code number

Replace the line that says:
$body = replace("[GCCODE]", "$cacheName", $body,true)

with:
$body = replace("[DESCRIPTION]", "$cacheName", $body,true)

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 02:49 PM

Team Tired Boy, on Dec 17 2005, 02:37 AM, said:

Does GSAK support geocaching.com's bookmark feature? It would be nice to see what bookmarks a cache is on. It would also be nice to filter based on bookmarks.

The GPX file sent from Groundspeak does not provide us with any information about Bookmarks so it is not possible at this stage.

As a side note, there is the BookMark.txt macro at http://gsak.net/Macros.php which will help you to create a bookmark list from a GSAK.

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 03:00 PM

Pasha, on Dec 16 2005, 05:28 PM, said:

Yes, Virginia, there is a way. Actually, there's two.

Hope that helps.

That's exactly what I wanted and after a little playing, I got it to work. Thank you kindly for your help!

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 03:06 PM

M-T-P, on Dec 17 2005, 04:25 AM, said:

ClydeE, on Dec 14 2005, 03:57 PM, said:

You could of course alter the ge.txt macro directly to include this code. However, I have done it this way to insulate against future changes. The problem with changing the macro directly is that if a new version (with some whiz bang feature) is published on the web site, you then have to figure out how to integrate your changes with the new version all over again.

I'm got a couple of questions about this comment. I have modified the existing ge.txt macro to display in GE only those caches that I've marked with the user flag. I've also made a few more changes like showing the cache name in GE instead of the code. Are these type of changes things that could be done with a pre-script or some other method like you mention? If so, specific suggestion?


Unfortunately it is not black and white. Some changes can be done with a pre script, but others just won't work. For example, setting a filter can be done this way but changing the cache name instead of the code can not. I supose one rule of thumb you could use is that if the changes you are making can all be done at the very beginning of the macro, then you can use a pre script.


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Secondly, the GE.txt macro changes the sorting of my list and then defaults it back to "natural".  However, I like my list sorted by distance from a location most of the time.  Is there a way to make the macro set sorting back to whatever it was at previously instead of having it change manually to "natural", "distance" or something else?  Basically, is there a sort "previous" function?

Yes. See the $_SortBy system variable in the help file or online here

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 03:09 PM

M-T-P, on Dec 16 2005, 05:48 PM, said:

Nomade, on Dec 16 2005, 02:44 PM, said:

I would like to know what you did in the macro to get the name instead of the code number

Replace the line that says:
$body = replace("[GCCODE]", "$cacheName", $body,true)

with:
$body = replace("[DESCRIPTION]", "$cacheName", $body,true)

I did the change but it's still gives me the codes instead of the names :laughing:

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 03:15 PM

Ok, think I soved it. replace this line :
varname=$bodyTemplate<Placemark><name>[GCCODE]
by
varname=$bodyTemplate<Placemark><name>[DESCRIPTION]

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 03:22 PM

Nomade, on Dec 16 2005, 03:15 PM, said:

Ok, think I soved it. replace this line :
varname=$bodyTemplate<Placemark><name>[GCCODE]
by
varname=$bodyTemplate<Placemark><name>[DESCRIPTION]

Oh shoot. Thats the one I meant. Sorry about that.

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 03:28 PM

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Oh shoot. Thats the one I meant. Sorry about that.


But I also had to change the first one also because if I didn't, all the caches had the name GCCODE :laughing:

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 05:14 PM

The following Macro is used to generate and upload waypoints to two different GPSr. This macro is currently run by another macro using the Macro function.
This works fine. However I would also like to run this Macro as a stand alone from a Macro Button, however I need a way to set the variable $Database when run by a Macro button. Is there a way to capture the Current Database being displayed by GSAK?

Example: I have databases called Home, Columbus, Erie and there maybe any number more added.

If I have the Columbus database displayed on GSAK is there a way to capture Columbus from the Database field on the toolbar??
== Macro ==============================================

# Macro Pause/Choose - Display Choose GPS To Send Waypoints To
CHOOSE msg="Send waypoints to;" opt1=GPS V opt2=Vista opt3=Both
If $Result = 1 .or. $Result = 3
Pause Msg="Make sure the GPS V is turned on and connected"

# Set The Closest 490 From "Home" Location
ShowStatus msg="Sorting Closest 490"
Database Name=$Database Action=Select
USERFLAG type=clear range=all
USERFLAG type=set range=490
Filter Name="Closest 490"

# Send Waypoints To Garmin V GPS
ShowStatus msg="Sending Closest 490 Waypoints To The GPS V"
Export Type=GPS Settings="Garmin V" File="C:\GSAK_Files\GPSV_$Database.loc"
EndIf

# Send Waypoints To Garmin Vista GPS
If $Result = 2 .or. $Result = 3
Pause Msg="Make sure the Vista is turned on and connected"
Database Name=$Database Action=Select
USERFLAG type=clear range=all
ShowStatus msg="Sending Waypoints To The Vista"
Export Type=GPS Settings="Vista" File="C:\GSAK_Files\Vista_$Database.loc"
EndIf

# Macro Pause - Display This Macro Has Completed Successfully Message
PAUSE msg="This macro has completed successfuly."
Database Name=$Database Action=Select
USERFLAG type=clear range=all
VIEW name="Default"
Center Location="Home"
SORT By=Distance Sequence=A

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 06:04 PM

N8OFP - Del, on Dec 17 2005, 09:14 AM, said:

The following Macro is used to generate and upload waypoints to two different GPSr. This macro is currently run by another macro using the Macro function.
This works fine. However I would also like to run this Macro as a stand alone from a Macro Button, however I need a way to set the variable $Database when run by a Macro button. Is there a way to capture the Current Database being displayed by GSAK?


Yes. Use the $_CurrentDatabase system variable

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 06:06 PM

Thank you !!!!

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 06:08 PM

Just a question about the new "logs" column in GSAK.

The number displayed there is not the same as "total logs" on the cache page.

What is the purpose of this column, the number of logs reported seems to be quite arbitrary. I was hoping that it would report the same number of logs as on the cache page. Is that info sent in the GPX file?

Even on a cache that I placed recently, the numbers don't match.

Thanks for a great program

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 07:58 PM

DeViDe, on Dec 17 2005, 10:08 AM, said:

Just a question about the new "logs" column in GSAK.

The number displayed there is not the same as "total logs" on the cache page.

What is the purpose of this column, the number of logs reported  seems to be quite arbitrary.  I was hoping that it would report the same number of logs as on the cache page.  Is that info sent in the GPX file?

Even on a cache that I placed recently, the numbers don't match.

Thanks for a great program

Unfortunately the GPX file from gc.com only gives us the last 5 logs (plus your own) and does not tell us what the total number of logs are on the cache page.

However, each time you load a GPX file, GSAK will accumulate the logs it does receive in the GPX file it gets. The log column in GSAK then reflects the number of logs you have accumulated for that cache in your GSAK database.

Edit: GSAK is smart enough to know when loading the GPX file if the log already exists and will add or update accordingly, so you won't get duplicate logs if you load the same GPX file twice.

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 08:36 PM

Is there a way to see more than the 5 most recent logs in GSAK?

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 08:53 PM

DeViDe, on Dec 17 2005, 12:36 PM, said:

Is there a way to see more than the 5 most recent logs in GSAK?

Tools=>Options=>HTML

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 10:35 PM

On one of my PCs, printing cache pages does not product difficulty values (eg 2/4). I have tried many different settings but still no ratings on the printed output.

Any ideas?

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 11:36 PM

geodug, on Dec 17 2005, 02:35 PM, said:

On one of my PCs, printing cache pages does not product difficulty values (eg 2/4). I have tried many different settings but still no ratings on the printed output.


Are you referring to the "condensed" print option?

If so, go to Tools=>Options=>Html and make sure you have set your "Waypoint description for HTML view" to include the difficulty and terrain special tags

The default settings shipped with GSAK are:

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 03:53 AM

I love GSAK!

Just had to say that.

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  Posted 17 December 2005 - 05:58 AM

I have a slight problem :o

For some reason i can't import notes into Gsak from my pocket pc it has being working in the past,even asked me if i wanted to overwrite the excisting notes, It can find the file but notting gets added,I have copied the file to my pc and pointed gsak to it with the same result :lol:

Has anybody any ideas :lol:


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Posted 17 December 2005 - 06:41 AM

Hi,

since today, I'm not able to start GASK anymore, as my antivirus complains about a virus in it. A fresh installation fails as it is blocked by the antivirus programm.

I'm using Bitdefender 8 Standard (Engine 7.04898, Signatures 12/17/05) and it reports:
c:\programme\gsak\gsak.exe suspect: Generic.Malware.SM@.C58FD61C

I did a full scan of my system and this is the only "infected" file. I think this is a false alarm. Can someone confirm this?

Andreas

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 07:50 AM

hulmgulm, on Dec 17 2005, 09:41 AM, said:

since today, I'm not able to start GASK anymore, as my antivirus complains about a virus in it. A fresh installation fails as it is blocked by the antivirus programm.

I can't say anything about the specific virus claimed as detected, but there have been multiple issues in the past noted with anti-virus software and GSAK. Clyde has recommended excluding GSAK from your AV's scanning list.

Edit: Yes: very, very probably a false alarm.

This post has been edited by embra: 17 December 2005 - 07:51 AM


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Posted 17 December 2005 - 08:38 AM

hulmgulm, on Dec 17 2005, 10:41 PM, said:

since today, I'm not able to start GASK anymore, as my antivirus complains about a virus in it. A fresh installation fails as it is blocked by the antivirus programm.

I'm using Bitdefender 8 Standard (Engine 7.04898, Signatures 12/17/05) and it reports:
c:\programme\gsak\gsak.exe suspect: Generic.Malware.SM@.C58FD61C

I did a full scan of my system and this is the only "infected" file. I think this is a false alarm. Can someone confirm this?


I have no other reports of any virus software reporting this error on the GSAK.exe file.

Certainly sounds like a false positive to me.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 09:16 AM

The Windsockers, on Dec 17 2005, 08:58 AM, said:

For some reason i can't import notes into Gsak from my pocket pc it has being working in the past,even asked me if i wanted to overwrite the excisting notes, It can find the file but notting gets added,I have copied the file to my pc and pointed gsak to it with the same result  :o

I'd guess the text file you're trying to import is either corrupted or not in the correct file format. GSAK imports notes only in tab delimited text files with two fields: field 1 is the GC Code and field 2 is the note.

You don't mention how you created the file, but if you used GSAK Notes>Export the format should be correct. In that case, I'd assume a corrupted file and delete the existing file from both the Pocket PC and your PC and then regenerate it.

If you used some other program or method to generate the text file, open it with Notepad on your PC and see if it has the required format, which is: GCCode <tab> Note. If it doesn't have this format (or you can't open it in Notepad) then you'll have to regenerate the file in the appropriate format.

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  Posted 17 December 2005 - 09:40 AM

Kai Team, on Dec 17 2005, 06:16 PM, said:

The Windsockers, on Dec 17 2005, 08:58 AM, said:

For some reason i can't import notes into Gsak from my pocket pc it has being working in the past,even asked me if i wanted to overwrite the excisting notes, It can find the file but notting gets added,I have copied the file to my pc and pointed gsak to it with the same result  :o

I'd guess the text file you're trying to import is either corrupted or not in the correct file format. GSAK imports notes only in tab delimited text files with two fields: field 1 is the GC Code and field 2 is the note.

You don't mention how you created the file, but if you used GSAK Notes>Export the format should be correct. In that case, I'd assume a corrupted file and delete the existing file from both the Pocket PC and your PC and then regenerate it.

If you used some other program or method to generate the text file, open it with Notepad on your PC and see if it has the required format, which is: GCCode <tab> Note. If it doesn't have this format (or you can't open it in Notepad) then you'll have to regenerate the file in the appropriate format.

The file I'm trying to import is from gpxsonar, it has worked fine in the past with Gsak but has now stopped. i have opened it in notepad and the information is all there.

I have made another file by exporting new find notes from gpxsonar today and tried importing them from the pocket pc and desk top with the same result. :lol:

I don't get any error Gsak imports the note but noting is added. :lol:


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Posted 17 December 2005 - 10:22 AM

The Windsockers, on Dec 17 2005, 12:40 PM, said:

The Windsockers, on Dec 17 2005, 08:58 AM, said:

For some reason i can't import notes into Gsak from my pocket pc it has being working in the past,even asked me if i wanted to overwrite the excisting notes, It can find the file but notting gets added,I have copied the file to my pc and pointed gsak to it with the same result  :o

The file I'm trying to import is from gpxsonar, it has worked fine in the past with Gsak but has now stopped. i have opened it in notepad and the information is all there.

I have made another file by exporting new find notes from gpxsonar today and tried importing them from the pocket pc and desk top with the same result. :lol:

I don't get any error Gsak imports the note but noting is added. :lol:

Two other thoughts:

1) I'm assuming that you're ticking something other than "ignore" in the "Notes Already in the Offline Database" dialog (assuming you're getting this dialog). (See GSAK help or here online).

2) Is it possible that you've locked the waypoints that you're trying to import the notes into (on the Waypoint>Edit dialog, the check box just below the coordinates)?

Edit: a third thought: Have you changed the waypoint code, either in GSAK on your PC or in the files loaded into GPXSonar? For example, if you use "%drop2" when you export from GSAK to GPXSonar, then try to reimport from GPXSonar to GSAK, GSAK is not able to match the waypoint codes (one will be "GC1234", the other will be "1234" - not a match from the computer's point of view!).

If neither of these help, I'm out of ideas. Best bet is to wait until it's daytime "down under" and Clyde gets on the forum!

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  Posted 17 December 2005 - 10:50 AM

Kai Team, on Dec 17 2005, 07:22 PM, said:

The Windsockers, on Dec 17 2005, 12:40 PM, said:

The Windsockers, on Dec 17 2005, 08:58 AM, said:

For some reason i can't import notes into Gsak from my pocket pc it has being working in the past,even asked me if i wanted to overwrite the excisting notes, It can find the file but notting gets added,I have copied the file to my pc and pointed gsak to it with the same result  :o

The file I'm trying to import is from gpxsonar, it has worked fine in the past with Gsak but has now stopped. i have opened it in notepad and the information is all there.

I have made another file by exporting new find notes from gpxsonar today and tried importing them from the pocket pc and desk top with the same result. :lol:

I don't get any error Gsak imports the note but noting is added. :lol:

Two other thoughts:

1) I'm assuming that you're ticking something other than "ignore" in the "Notes Already in the Offline Database" dialog (assuming you're getting this dialog). (See GSAK help or here online).

2) Is it possible that you've locked the waypoints that you're trying to import the notes into (on the Waypoint>Edit dialog, the check box just below the coordinates)?

Edit: a third thought: Have you changed the waypoint code, either in GSAK on your PC or in the files loaded into GPXSonar? For example, if you use "%drop2" when you export from GSAK to GPXSonar, then try to reimport from GPXSonar to GSAK, GSAK is not able to match the waypoint codes (one will be "GC1234", the other will be "1234" - not a match from the computer's point of view!).

If neither of these help, I'm out of ideas. Best bet is to wait until it's daytime "down under" and Clyde gets on the forum!

Thanks for you idea's went tru them all but no luck :huh:

i have been able to open old notes and the dialog box pops up ok

weird one this :o

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 01:22 PM

The Windsockers, on Dec 17 2005, 01:50 PM, said:

i have been able to open old notes and the dialog box pops up ok

Hmm...If you can open old notes files in GSAK, but not the newest one, it's not a GSAK problem. There's something wrong with the newest file. Have you changed any settings in GPXSonar? You might also try posting in the general Software forum to see if any GPXSonar gurus are hanging out there.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 01:52 PM

OK, question.

How do I move waypoints to a new database?

I want to move all my benchmarks to a new database. But when I checked them and chose move waypoints it moved ALL my waypoints to the new database. Even though I only checked the benchmarks.

I looked in help, but it didn't help.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 02:42 PM


Just got GSAK 6.5 and started loading data. After working with the default DB saved as a new name. Did filters on new DB and saved as default DB after clearing Default of all waypoints. Then saved Default as a new DB name. Now to clean up my work space, I tried to remove the databases no longer needed. Have several that are not listed when I do the Database>Remove routine. The other databases appear in the drop down menu directly above the database listing.

How do I get rid of the other DB's? Worked fine in the last version,



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Posted 17 December 2005 - 02:46 PM



Another question:

Recently had a hard drive crash and lost all the work with my Found Geocaches. Is there an easy way to download a PQ of all the caches found without going to each individual state and province in the US and Canada to get the info?

Thanks in advance for the help.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 02:59 PM

Team VanderTroll-BR, on Dec 17 2005, 04:52 PM, said:

OK, question.

How do I move waypoints to a new database?

I want to move all my benchmarks to a new database. But when I checked them and chose move waypoints it moved ALL my waypoints to the new database. Even though I only checked the benchmarks.

I looked in help, but it didn't help.

On the Move/Copy dialog (Database>Move/Copy Waypoints), it says "This action will be performed on all waypoints in your current subset". The current subset consists of the waypoints showing in the GSAK grid. Also note that in the title bar for this dialog window, it shows you the number of waypoints about to be moved or copied.

Once you check the user flag, you need to filter on user flag set (uncheck "not set" after User Flag in the Filter>General tab). This will reduce your current set to just those waypoints with the user flag set.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 03:04 PM

RV'er, on Dec 17 2005, 05:46 PM, said:

Recently had a hard drive crash and lost all the work with my Found Geocaches. Is there an easy way to download a PQ of all the caches found without going to each individual state and province in the US and Canada to get the info?

Yes (as a Premium Member). Log into gc.com and go to the Pocket Queries Page. Scroll down to toward the bottom of the page and you'll see the new "My Finds" box. Click on "Add to queue" and a PQ with all of your finds will be generated. :rolleyes:

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 03:16 PM

RV'er, on Dec 17 2005, 05:42 PM, said:


Just got GSAK 6.5 and started loading data. After working with the default DB saved as a new name. Did filters on new DB and saved as default DB after clearing Default of all waypoints. Then saved Default as a new DB name. Now to clean up my work space, I tried to remove the databases no longer needed. Have several that are not listed when I do the Database>Remove routine. The other databases appear in the drop down menu directly above the database listing.

How do I get rid of the other DB's? Worked fine in the last version,


I'd start with a Database>Repair\Defrag, close and restart GSAK, and then try deleting the unwanted databases under Database>Remove to see if that cures the problem.

If that fails, all of your databases are stored in separate folders of the database name under the "data" folder in the GSAK installation folder (usually C:\Program Files\GSAK\Data). I suppose you could delete the unwanted databases directly (make sure GSAK is closed if you try this) from Explorer. You'd then probably have to do a database>Repair\Defrag to get GSAK right again. Use this suggestion at your own risk - I don't know if GSAK likes having it's databases deleted out from under it!

As an aside, I'm not sure why you're doing all the database swapping and renaming that you listed. It would be easier to filter for the caches you don't want in the default DB (note that you can select the caches you want, then tick "Reverse Filter" on the Filter>General tab), then delete or move those unwanted caches to a new DB.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 04:00 PM

This has been asked (and answered) several times in the past and I can't remember the answer since I didn't have two machines running in the past. With search now disabled on these forums, I can't find the answer. A peek at the FAQ didn't help, so I'm on to the help files and this post now.

I've been running GSAK forever now on my laptop, but I've finally got my desktop back up and running. Laptop has GSAK and it's DB's installed at C:\GSAK. I've shared that dir and have mounted it as J:\ from my desktop.

Question #1: Can I run GSAK on desktop and point it to the DB's on laptop? (first making sure GSAK is not running on laptop to avoid data collusion)

Question #2: If #1 is "no", then I'm guessing it's "export DB on laptop and import on desktop" time. True?

Thanks folx.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 04:13 PM

The Windsockers, on Dec 18 2005, 02:50 AM, said:

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Thanks for you idea's went tru them all but no luck :rolleyes:

i have been able to open old notes and the dialog box pops up ok

weird one this

Email me the text file you are trying to load and I will take a look at it and should be able to track down the problem.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 04:19 PM

Cymbaline, on Dec 17 2005, 07:00 PM, said:

This has been asked (and answered) several times in the past and I can't remember the answer since I didn't have two machines running in the past.  With search now disabled on these forums, I can't find the answer.  A peek at the FAQ didn't help, so I'm on to the help files and this post now.

I've been running GSAK forever now on my laptop, but I've finally got my desktop back up and running.  Laptop has GSAK and it's DB's installed at C:\GSAK.  I've shared that dir and have mounted it as J:\ from my desktop.

Question #1:  Can I run GSAK on desktop and point it to the DB's on laptop?  (first making sure GSAK is not running on laptop to avoid data collusion)

Question #2:  If #1 is "no", then I'm guessing it's "export DB on laptop and import on desktop" time.  True?

Thanks folx.

#1. Yes. Clyde has said that GSAK is not a true multi-user program (that allows two users simultaneously). However, you can put the databases in any folder on any networked machine and point to the same database folder from another installation of GSAK on another machine (through Tools>Options>General "Database Folder") as long as you don't have two installations of GSAK accessing the databases at the same time (i.e. run only one at a time).

#2. Yes. If you want to avoid the risk of data collision (e.g. forgetting that you have one GSAK open and starting it on another machine), you can use Backup and Restore to transfer database files (and settings) between installations of GSAK on two different PC's.

Clyde is also generous in his licensing of GSAK - it's licensed to the user, not the PC. This means you can legally (and morally) have multiple installations of GSAK on multiple PC's as long as you're the only one using them.

Edit: Clyde's up - I'll let him answer for himself!

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