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gsmpb - GSM mobile phone phonebook manipulation program

gsmpb [ -b baudrate ] [ --baudrate baudrate ] [ -c ] [ --copy ] [ -d destination device or file ] [ --destination destination device or file ] [ -h ] [ --help ] [ -i ] [ --index ] [ -I init string ] [ --init init string ] [ -p phonebook name ] [ --phonebook phonebook name ] [ -s source device or file ] [ --source source device or file ] [ -t character set ] [ --charset character set ] [ -v ] [ --version ] [ -V ] [ --verbose ] [ -X ] [ --xonxoff ] [ -y ] [ --synchronize ]

gsmpb can store or retrieve phonebook entries residing in a GSM mobile phone's phonebook to or from a file. A synchronization mode is also available.

gsmpb reads entries from the source which can be a mobile phone (if a serial device file is given) or a file (if a file name is given). The source is never modified. gsmpb writes phonebook entries to a destination file or device. Depending on the mode the source is copied to the destination file, thus overwriting the destination, or the destination is synchronized with regard to the source which is the default (details see below).

If "-" is given as the parameter for the --source or --destination options, the phonebook is read from standard input and/or written to standard output, respectively.

Phonebook entries names are encoded using the GSM default alphabet in the mobile phone, whereas they are stored using the Latin-1 encoding in phonebook files. When reading phonebook entries from a mobile phone entry names are converted from the GSM default to Latin-1. Characters that can not be converted to Latin-1 are encoded as character code 172 (Latin-1 boolean "not"). When writing file-based phonebook entries to a mobile phone a conversion to the GSM default alphabet takes place. Characters that can not be converted are encoded as GSM delta (code 16). If the default character set has been changed using the --charset option no conversion takes place.

Error messages are printed to the standard error output. If the program terminates on error the error code 1 is returned.

The baud rate to use. The default baudrate is 38400.
This causes the contents of the source to be copied to the destination. After this operation the destination has exactly the same contents as the source.
The destination device or file.
Prints an option summary.
Initialization string to send to the TA (default: "E0"). Note that the sequence "ATZ" is sent first.
If the index position is given, gsmpb preserves the assignment of entries to memory slots in the mobile phone's phonebook. This can be used to backup phonebook entries with their position into a phonebook file or to change the position of entries by editing a phonebook file and writing them back to the mobile phone. If this option is given the phonebook file used as the source must contain indices for every entry. Additionally, these indices must be unique, ie. it is not allowed to assign one entry twice to a specific position in the mobile phone's phonebook.
The name of the phonebook to read from or write to. This is only used for device sources and destinations. Commonly available phonebooks are:
SIM fixdialling-phonebook
SIM last-dialling-phonebook
ME phonebook
combined ME and SIM phonebook
SIM phonebook
TA phonebook
-s source, --source source
The source device or file.
Set the character set to use for phonebook operations (default is the GSM default alphabet).
Prints the program version.
Prints out a detailed progress report.
Uses software handshaking (XON/XOFF) for accessing the device.
This causes the contents of the source to be synchronized with the destination (default). Synchronization in this context means:
If the source contains an entry with a name that does not exist in the destination this entry is added to the destination.
If the source contains an entry with a name that can also be found in the destination, the entry in the destination is overwritten (ie. the telephone number is updated). Exception: More then one entry with the name exists in the destination. In this case the new entry ist just added.
Entries in the destination that do not exist in the source are deleted.

Note that synchronization has the following properties that differ from copying: This algorithm does not change the location of unchanged entries in the destination phonebook. The synchronization function is not case-sensitive when comparing names.

Phonebook entries are stored in phonebook files that are meant to be human-readable and -editable. There is one phonebook entry per line, and each line has the format:

index|text|phone number

The fields have the following meanings:

The index of the entry which must be a positive number. The index may also be empty. Indices can be used in conjunction with the --index option to store the entry into a specific position in the mobile phone.
Descriptive text for the entry. The text may contain the special characters '\', '|', carriage return (ASCII code 13), or line feed (ASCII code 10). These must be written "\\", "\|", "\r", "\n", respectively. The text should only contain characters that can be encoded using the GSM default alphabet (see comments above).
Phone numbers can only contains the digits 0-9 and the '+' sign. A '+' sign denotes an international number.

The following invocation of gsmpb synchronizes the mobile phone's SIM phonebook with the file $HOME/.phonebook:

gsmpb --synchronize -b 19200 -d /dev/mobilephone \

-s $HOME/.phonebook -p "SM"

Peter Hofmann <>

Report bugs to Include a complete, self-contained example that will allow the bug to be reproduced, and say which version of gsmpb you are using.

Copyright © 1999 Peter Hofmann

gsmpb is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Library General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version.

gsmpb is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Library General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Library General Public License along with gsmpb; see the file COPYING. If not, write to the Free Software Foundation, 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

gsminfo(7), gsmctl(1), gsmsendsms(1), gsmsmsd(8), gsmsmsstore(1).

Mon Sep 19 01:41:12 UTC 2022 gsmpb v1.10