BookPort and Linux

Samuel Thibault samuel.thibault at
Fri Apr 28 07:24:18 UTC 2006

T. Joseph CARTER, le Thu 27 Apr 2006 20:59:58 -0700, a écrit :
> I'm considering getting myself a BookPort.  Generally, my understanding is
> that under Linux, a BookPort would show up as a basic USB Mass Storage
> device similarly to the way the iPod works, but special software under
> Windows does extra stuff like synchronizing files, indexing mp3s, and
> whatnot.

And linux has such tools for any device, even remotely mounted
nfs/smb/ftp/whatever shares.

synchronizing files: rsync or unison.
indexing mp3s: I don't know any existing software, but this should be
relatively easy to develop (a friend of mine considered this at some

>  If I get one of these things, I will probably want a set of
> tools for manipulating the content of the BookPort to whatever degree bash
> isn't suitablein a UNIX-based OS, either Linux or MacOS X, probably both.

Bash alone, indeed. But bash with the abovementioned additional tools,

> I'm guessing RFB&D and are right out, for the time being.

As I don't know what these are, I can't say.

> Everything else (Word document, RTF, mp3, unencrypted DAISY, etc)
> should probably work fine--or does it?

Word, RTF and mp3 are no issue. There is a Daisy reader, I don't know
whether it is finished.


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