GPS on the Neo 1973

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The Neo1973 device contains an integrated GPS. The particular device is marketed as an AGPS, and there is some discussion available as to what significance that "A" might have.

All purchased phones do not include the GPS binary driver. [1]

In the very early shipment to 50 Phase 1 developers, a binary-only program for talking to the the GPS was accidentally included in /home/root/DM2/gps, (and presumably, the same binary would function on a P0 device).

There is an ongoing effort to write a Free Software program that could be used instead of this binary-only program. See Hammerhead/Protocol for details and the latest status.

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Binary Daemon GLLIN

For those few with the binary driver in the meantime, Pavel Machek provides the following script for recording an NMEA stream from the binary program.

#!/bin/sh
echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/gta01\:vibrator/brightness
killall gllin cat
sleep 1
echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/gta01\:vibrator/brightness
mknod /tmp/nmeaNP p
cat /tmp/nmeaNP >> /tmp/gps.nmea &
/home/root/DM2/gps/gllin -low 5
/home/root/DM2/gps/gllin -periodic 3

The binary program was compiled to OABI format which now is obsolete as OM2007.2 builds are in EABI format. You can still run the binary with chroot. Bartek Zdanowski wrote an aticle how to run GPS receiver. Alternativly ld-linux can be used to do the trick:

The ld-linux trick

you need the following files:

bin/gllin
bin/gllin.sh
lib/ld-linux.so.2
lib/libc.so.6
lib/libgcc_s.so.1
lib/libm.so.6
lib/libnss_dns.so.2
lib/libnss_files.so.2
lib/libpthread.so.0
lib/libresolv.so.2
lib/librt.so.1
lib/libstdc++.so.6
lib/libutil.so.1

the file bin/gllin.sh contains:

#!/bin/sh
`pwd`/lib/ld-linux.so.2 --library-path `pwd`/lib `pwd`/bin/gllin -low 5
test -p /tmp/nmeaNP || ( rm -f /tmp/nmeaNP && mknod /tmp/nmeaNP p )
`pwd`/lib/ld-linux.so.2 --library-path `pwd`/lib `pwd`/bin/gllin -periodic 3

be shure to start at least a `cat /tmp/nmeaNP` somewhere.

Strange messages

the message

Stack size 8864 bytes (9 KB)

means, nobody is reading on the pipe /tmp/nmeaNP, you probably forgot to start the `cat ...`. the message

gllin: early exit(3) in halInit()/681

is issued by the low-level hardware test but gllin works fine afterwords.

Bluetooth GPS

He also succeeded at getting the Neo1973 to act like a bluetooth GPS with the following script: (Note that this script has bad problems if you run it more than once. You can get a "time traveling GPS" effect, with the GPS showing you your past position).

#!/bin/sh
killall rfcomm tail
mknod /dev/rfcomm0 c 216 0
echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/s3c2410-i2c/i2c-0/0-0008/gta01-pm-bt.0/power_on
sleep 1
hciconfig hci0 up name linuxgps
sleep 1
sdpd
sleep 1
sdptool add SP
(
        while true; do
        rfcomm listen /dev/rfcomm0 1
        sleep 1
        done
) &
(
        while true; do
            tail -f /tmp/gps.nmea > /dev/rfcomm0
            echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/gta01\:vibrator/brightness
            sleep 1
            echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/gta01\:vibrator/brightness
        done
) &

Using UDP

gllin sends a udp packet per nmea sentence on port 6000. this is a much cleaner aproach because using files will fill up memory or rootfs (the latter will result in the need for reflashing).

i switch off writing to /tmp/nmeaNP with

-np

the following python script reads the nmea sentences:

import socket
s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_DGRAM)
s.bind(('127.0.0.1', 6000))
while True:
    line = s.recv(1024)
    print line

the program just prints those to stdout but other methods are possible (i feed them into a NMEA parser).

benefits are that both programs can be started and stopped at will. none needs the other. gllin will not terminate if /tmp/nmeaNP is not there or not read from.

Personal tools

The Neo1973 device contains an integrated GPS. The particular device is marketed as an AGPS, and there is some discussion available as to what significance that "A" might have.

All purchased phones do not include the GPS binary driver. [1]

In the very early shipment to 50 Phase 1 developers, a binary-only program for talking to the the GPS was accidentally included in /home/root/DM2/gps, (and presumably, the same binary would function on a P0 device).

There is an ongoing effort to write a Free Software program that could be used instead of this binary-only program. See Hammerhead/Protocol for details and the latest status.

Binary Daemon GLLIN

For those few with the binary driver in the meantime, Pavel Machek provides the following script for recording an NMEA stream from the binary program.

#!/bin/sh
echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/gta01\:vibrator/brightness
killall gllin cat
sleep 1
echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/gta01\:vibrator/brightness
mknod /tmp/nmeaNP p
cat /tmp/nmeaNP >> /tmp/gps.nmea &
/home/root/DM2/gps/gllin -low 5
/home/root/DM2/gps/gllin -periodic 3

The binary program was compiled to OABI format which now is obsolete as OM2007.2 builds are in EABI format. You can still run the binary with chroot. Bartek Zdanowski wrote an aticle how to run GPS receiver. Alternativly ld-linux can be used to do the trick:

The ld-linux trick

you need the following files:

bin/gllin
bin/gllin.sh
lib/ld-linux.so.2
lib/libc.so.6
lib/libgcc_s.so.1
lib/libm.so.6
lib/libnss_dns.so.2
lib/libnss_files.so.2
lib/libpthread.so.0
lib/libresolv.so.2
lib/librt.so.1
lib/libstdc++.so.6
lib/libutil.so.1

the file bin/gllin.sh contains:

#!/bin/sh
`pwd`/lib/ld-linux.so.2 --library-path `pwd`/lib `pwd`/bin/gllin -low 5
test -p /tmp/nmeaNP || ( rm -f /tmp/nmeaNP && mknod /tmp/nmeaNP p )
`pwd`/lib/ld-linux.so.2 --library-path `pwd`/lib `pwd`/bin/gllin -periodic 3

be shure to start at least a `cat /tmp/nmeaNP` somewhere.

Strange messages

the message

Stack size 8864 bytes (9 KB)

means, nobody is reading on the pipe /tmp/nmeaNP, you probably forgot to start the `cat ...`. the message

gllin: early exit(3) in halInit()/681

is issued by the low-level hardware test but gllin works fine afterwords.

Bluetooth GPS

He also succeeded at getting the Neo1973 to act like a bluetooth GPS with the following script: (Note that this script has bad problems if you run it more than once. You can get a "time traveling GPS" effect, with the GPS showing you your past position).

#!/bin/sh
killall rfcomm tail
mknod /dev/rfcomm0 c 216 0
echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/s3c2410-i2c/i2c-0/0-0008/gta01-pm-bt.0/power_on
sleep 1
hciconfig hci0 up name linuxgps
sleep 1
sdpd
sleep 1
sdptool add SP
(
        while true; do
        rfcomm listen /dev/rfcomm0 1
        sleep 1
        done
) &
(
        while true; do
            tail -f /tmp/gps.nmea > /dev/rfcomm0
            echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/gta01\:vibrator/brightness
            sleep 1
            echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/gta01\:vibrator/brightness
        done
) &

Using UDP

gllin sends a udp packet per nmea sentence on port 6000. this is a much cleaner aproach because using files will fill up memory or rootfs (the latter will result in the need for reflashing).

i switch off writing to /tmp/nmeaNP with

-np

the following python script reads the nmea sentences:

import socket
s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_DGRAM)
s.bind(('127.0.0.1', 6000))
while True:
    line = s.recv(1024)
    print line

the program just prints those to stdout but other methods are possible (i feed them into a NMEA parser).

benefits are that both programs can be started and stopped at will. none needs the other. gllin will not terminate if /tmp/nmeaNP is not there or not read from.