Bug 477613 - Changes name of waypoint on upload to garmin
Changes name of waypoint on upload to garmin
Product: Fedora EPEL
Classification: Fedora
Component: gpsbabel (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Roozbeh Pournader
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-12-22 08:34 EST by Michael A. Peters
Modified: 2009-01-12 12:11 EST (History)
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Description Michael A. Peters 2008-12-22 08:34:47 EST
Description of problem:
If I have a waypoint on my garmin that includes a "-" character - and I use gpsbabel to download the waypoint from the garmin to a gpx file, the - character is preserved. However, if I upload a waypoint with a "-" character from a gpx file to the garmin, the - character gets lost.

IE -


in the gpx file becomes


on the garmin.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

Garmin eTrex Legend
connected via serial port

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. create a gpx file with a waypoint that has a - in the name
2. gpsbabel -i gpx -f somefile.gpx -o garmin -F /dev/ttyS0
Actual results:
The waypoint on the garmin does not contain the -

Expected results:
The waypoint on the garmin should contain the -

Additional info:

For now I can just use spaces instead of - as a delimiter, but it "would" be nice if it was fixed.

Software version on the garmin:3.70
Comment 1 Roozbeh Pournader 2009-01-08 10:51:42 EST
I haven't been using gpsbabel for a while. I think I should release the package. silfreed?
Comment 2 Douglas E. Warner 2009-01-08 11:47:03 EST
Roozbeh, let me know if you'd like me to take over the package, I wouldn't mind.  I would appreciate it if you could stay on as contributor in case questions come up, though.

Michael, I'll ask upstream to see if this is intended/expected behavior.
Comment 3 Michael A. Peters 2009-01-08 17:22:16 EST
Someone told me this issue is known by gpsbabel and is related to the proprietary nature of garmin, I'm looking through the gpsbabel lists to try and find reference - but if that's the case there may not be anything that can be done about it. I kind of wonder if it is UTF8/character encoding related, IE maybe garmin uses a custom character encoding.

I'll try to find more info.
Comment 4 Douglas E. Warner 2009-01-12 12:11:38 EST
I haven't heard back whether this is intended/expected behaviour, but I believe it's a problem with the Garmin protocol as you stated.

Closing as wontfix for now; feel free to reopen if you find more information out.

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