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       gpsd - interface daemon for GPS receivers


       gpsd [-?] [--badtime] [--debug LVL] [--drivers] [--foreground]
            [--framing FRAMING] [--help] [--listenany] [--nowait]
            [--pidfile FILE] [--port PORT] [--sockfile SOCK] [--speed SPEED]
            [--verbose] [-b] [-D debuglevel] [-F control-socket] [-f framing]
            [-G] [-h] [-l] [-n] [-N] [-P pidfile] [-r] [-S listener-port]
            [-s speed] [-V] [[source-name]...]


       If you have a GPS attached on the lowest-numbered USB port of a Linux
       system, and want to read reports from it on TCP/IP port 2947, it will
       normally suffice to do this:

           gpsd /dev/ttyUSB0

       For the lowest-numbered serial port:

           gpsd /dev/ttyS0

       Change the device number as appropriate if you need to use a different
       port. Command-line flags enable verbose logging, a control port, and
       other optional extras but should not be needed for basic operation; the
       one exception, on very badly designed hardware, might be -b (which

       On Linux systems supporting udev, gpsd is normally started
       automatically when a USB plugin event fires (if it is not already
       running) and is handed the name of the newly active device. In that
       case no invocation is required at all.

       For your initial tests set your GPS hardware to speak NMEA, as gpsd is
       guaranteed to be able to process that. If your GPS has a native or
       binary mode with better performance that gpsd knows how to speak, gpsd
       will autoconfigure that mode.

       You can verify correct operation by first starting gpsd and then xgps,
       the X windows test client.

       If you have problems, the GPSD project maintains a FAQ to assist


       gpsd is a monitor daemon that collects information from GPSes,
       differential-GPS radios, or AIS receivers attached to the host machine.
       Each GPS, DGPS radio, or AIS receiver is expected to be
       direct-connected to the host via a USB or RS232C serial device. The
       serial device may be specified to gpsd at startup, or it may be set via
       a command shipped down a local control socket (e.g. by a USB hotplug
       script). Given a GPS device by either means, gpsd discovers the correct
       port speed and protocol for it.

       gpsd should be able to query any GPS that speaks either the standard
       textual NMEA 0183 protocol, or the (differing) extended NMEA dialects
       used by MKT-3301, iTrax, Motorola OnCore, Sony CXD2951, and
       Ashtech/Thales devices. It can also interpret the binary protocols used
       by EverMore, Garmin, Navcom, Rockwell/Zodiac, SiRF, Trimble, and u-blox
       ANTARIS devices. Under Linux it can read NMEA2000 packets through the
       kernel CAN socket. It can read heading and attitude information from
       the Oceanserver 5000 or TNT Revolution digital compasses.

       The GPS reporting formats supported by your instance of gpsd may differ
       depending on how it was compiled; general-purpose versions support
       many, but it can be built with protocol subsets down to a singleton for
       use in constrained environments. For a list of the GPS protocols
       supported by your instance, see the output of gpsd -l

       gpsd effectively hides the differences among the GPS types it supports.
       It also knows about and uses commands that tune these GPSes for lower
       latency. By using gpsd as an intermediary, applications avoid
       contention for serial devices.

       gpsd can use differential-GPS corrections from a DGPS radio or over the
       net, from a ground station running a DGPSIP server or a Ntrip
       broadcaster that reports RTCM-104 data; this will shrink position
       errors by roughly a factor of four. When gpsd opens a serial device
       emitting RTCM-104, it automatically recognizes this and uses the device
       as a correction source for all connected GPSes that accept RTCM
       corrections (this is dependent on the type of the GPS; not all GPSes
       have the firmware capability to accept RTCM correction packets). See
       the section called "ACCURACY" and the section called "FILES" for

       Client applications will communicate with gpsd via a TCP/IP port, port
       2947 by default. Both IPv4 and IPv6 connections are supported and a
       client may connect via either.

       The program accepts the following options:

       -?, -h, ---help
           Display help message and terminate.

       -b, --readonly
           Broken-device-safety mode, otherwise known as read-only mode. A few
           bluetooth and USB receivers lock up or become totally inaccessible
           when probed or reconfigured; see the hardware compatibility list on
           the GPSD project website for details. This switch prevents gpsd
           from writing to a receiver. This means that gpsd cannot configure
           the receiver for optimal performance, but it also means that gpsd
           cannot break the receiver. A better solution would be for Bluetooth
           to not be so fragile. A platform independent method to identify
           serial-over-Bluetooth devices would also be nice.

       -D LVL, --debug LVL
           Set debug level. Default is 0. At debug levels 2 and above, gpsd
           reports incoming sentence and actions to standard error if gpsd is
           in the foreground (-N) or to syslog if in the background.

       -F FILE, --sockfile FILE
           Create a control socket for device addition and removal commands.
           Default is None. You must specify a valid pathname on your local
           filesystem; this will be created as a Unix-domain socket to which
           you can write commands that edit the daemon's internal device list.

       -f FRAME, --framing FRAME
           Fix the framing to the GNSS device. The framing parameter is of the
           form: [78][ENO][012]. Most GNSS are 8N1. Some Trimble default to
           8O1. The default is to search for the correct framing.

       -G, --listenany
           This flag causes gpsd to listen on all addresses (INADDR_ANY)
           rather than just the loop back (INADDR_LOOPBACK) address. For the
           sake of privacy and security, TPV information is now private to the
           local machine until the user makes an effort to expose this to the

       -l, --drivers
           List all drivers compiled into this gpsd instance. The letters to
           the left of each driver name are the gpsd control commands
           supported by that driver. Then exit

       n, --nowait
           Don't wait for a client to connect before polling whatever GPS is
           associated with it. Some RS232 GPSes wait in a standby mode
           (drawing less power) when the host machine is not asserting DTR,
           and some cellphone and handheld embedded GPSes have similar
           behaviors. Accordingly, waiting for a watch request to open the
           device may save battery power. (This capability is rare in
           consumer-grade devices). You should use this option if you plan to
           use gpsd to provide reference clock information to ntpd through a
           memory-shared segment.

       -N, --foreground
           Don't daemonize; run in foreground. This switch is mainly useful
           for debugging.

       -p, --passive
           Passive mode. Do not autoconfigure the receiver, but allow manual
           configuration changes.

       -P FILE, --pidfile FILE
           Specify the name and path to record the daemon's process ID.

       -r, --badtime
           Use GPS time even with no current fix. Some GPSs have battery
           powered Real Time Clocks (RTC's) built in, making them a valid time
           source even before a fix is acquired. This can be useful on a
           Raspberry Pi, or other device that has no battery powered RTC, and
           thus has no valid time at startup.

       --port PORT, -S PORT
           Set TCP/IP port on which to listen for GPSD clients (default is

       -s SPEED, --speed SPEED
           Fix the serial port speed to the GNSS device. Allowed speeds are:
           4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, 115200, 230400, and 460800. The
           default is to autobaud. Note that some devices with integrated USB
           ignore port speed.

       -V, --version
           Dump version and exit.

       Arguments are interpreted as the names of data sources. Normally, a
       data source is the device pathname of a local device from which the
       daemon may expect GPS data. But there are three other special source
       types recognized, for a total of four:

       Local serial or USB device
           A normal Unix device name of a serial or USB device to which a
           sensor is attached. Example: /dev/ttyUSB0.

       Local PPS device
           A normal Unix device name of a PPS device to which a PPS source is
           attached. The device name must start with "/dev/pps" and a local
           serial or USB GPS device must also be available. Example:

       TCP feed
           A URI with the prefix "tcp://", followed by a hostname, a colon,
           and a port number. The daemon will open a socket to the indicated
           address and port and read data packets from it, which will be
           interpreted as though they had been issued by a serial device.
           Example: tcp://

       UDP feed
           A URI with the prefix "udp://", followed by a hostname, a colon,
           and a port number. The daemon will open a socket listening for UDP
           datagrams arriving in the indicated address and port, which will be
           interpreted as though they had been issued by a serial device.
           Example: udp://

       Ntrip caster
           A URI with the prefix "ntrip://" followed by the name of an Ntrip
           caster (Ntrip is a protocol for broadcasting differential-GPS fixes
           over the net). For Ntrip services that require authentication, a
           prefix of the form "username:password@" can be added before the
           name of the Ntrip broadcaster. For Ntrip service, you must specify
           which stream to use; the stream is given in the form "/streamname".
           An example DGPSIP URI could be "dgpsip://" and a
           Ntrip URI could be
           "ntrip://". Corrections
           from the caster will be sent to each attached GPS with the
           capability to accept them.

       DGPSIP server
           A URI with the prefix "dgpsip://" followed by a hostname, a colon,
           and an optional colon-separated port number (defaulting to 2101).
           The daemon will handshake with the DGPSIP server and read RTCM2
           correction data from it. Corrections from the server will be set to
           each attached GPS with the capability to accept them. Example:

       Remote gpsd feed
           A URI with the prefix "gpsd://", followed by a hostname and
           optionally a colon and a port number (if the port is absent the
           default gpsd port will be used). Then followed optionally by a
           second colon and the remote device name The daemon will open a
           socket to the indicated address and port and emulate a gpsd client,
           collecting JSON reports from the remote gpsd instance that will be
           passed to local clients. Example: gpsd://

       NMEA2000 CAN data
           A URI with the prefix "nmea2000://", followed by a CAN devicename.
           Only Linux socket CAN interfaces are supported. The interface must
           be configured to receive CAN messages before gpsd can be started.
           If there is more than one unit on the CAN bus that provides GPS
           data, gpsd chooses the unit from which a GPS message is first seen.
           Example: nmea2000://can0.

       (The "ais:://" source type supported in some older versions of the
       daemon has been retired in favor of the more general "tcp://".)

       Additionally, two serial device names have a side effect:

           The UART device on a Raspberry Pi. Has the side effect of opening
           /dev/pps0 for RFC2783 1PPS data.

           Generic GPS device 0. Has the side effect of opening /dev/pps0 for
           RFC2783 1PPS data.

       Note, however, that if /dev/pps0 is the fake "ktimer" PPS, then
       /dev/pps1 will be used instead.

       Internally, the daemon maintains a device pool holding the pathnames of
       devices and remote servers known to the daemon. Initially, this list is
       the list of device-name arguments specified on the command line. That
       list may be empty, in which case the daemon will have no devices on its
       search list until they are added by a control-socket command (see the
       section called "GPS DEVICE MANAGEMENT" for details on this). Daemon
       startup will abort with an error if neither any devices nor a control
       socket are specified.

       When a device is activated (i.e. a client requests data from it), gpsd
       attempts to execute a hook from /etc/gpsd/device-hook with first
       command line argument set to the pathname of the device and the second
       to ACTIVATE. On deactivation, it does the same passing DEACTIVATE for
       the second argument.

       gpsd can export data to client applications in three ways: via a
       sockets interface, via a shared-memory segment, and via D-Bus. The next
       three major sections describe these interfaces.


       Clients may communicate with the daemon via textual request and
       responses over a socket. It is a bad idea for applications to speak the
       protocol directly: rather, they should use the libgps client library
       and take appropriate care to conditionalize their code on the major and
       minor protocol version symbols.

       The request-response protocol for the socket interface is fully
       documented in gpsd_json(5).


       gpsd has two other (read-only) interfaces.

       Whenever the daemon recognizes a packet from any attached device, it
       writes the accumulated state from that device to a shared memory
       segment. The C and C++ client libraries shipped with GPSD can read this
       segment. Client methods, and various restrictions associated with the
       read-only nature of this interface, are documented at libgps(3). The
       shared-memory interface is intended primarily for embedded deployments
       in which gpsd monitors a single device, and its principal advantage is
       that a daemon instance configured with shared memory but without the
       sockets interface loses a significant amount of runtime weight.

       The daemon may be configured to emit a D-Bus signal each time an
       attached device delivers a fix. The signal path is path /org/gpsd, the
       signal interface is "org.gpsd", and the signal name is "fix". The
       signal payload layout is as follows:

       Table 1. Satellite object
       |Type             |                            |
       |                 |        Description         |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Time (seconds since |
       |                 |        Unix epoch)         |
       |DBUS_TYPE_INT32  |                            |
       |                 |        mode                |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Time uncertainty    |
       |                 |        (seconds).          |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Latitude in         |
       |                 |        degrees.            |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Longitude in        |
       |                 |        degrees.            |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Horizontal          |
       |                 |        uncertainty in      |
       |                 |        meters, 95%         |
       |                 |        confidence.         |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Altitude MSL in     |
       |                 |        meters.             |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Altitude            |
       |                 |        uncertainty in      |
       |                 |        meters, 95%         |
       |                 |        confidence.         |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Course in degrees   |
       |                 |        from true north.    |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Course uncertainty  |
       |                 |        in meters, 95%      |
       |                 |        confidence.         |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Speed, meters per   |
       |                 |        second.             |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Speed uncertainty   |
       |                 |        in meters per       |
       |                 |        second, 95%         |
       |                 |        confidence.         |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Climb, meters per   |
       |                 |        second.             |
       |DBUS_TYPE_DOUBLE |                            |
       |                 |        Climb uncertainty   |
       |                 |        in meters per       |
       |                 |        second, 95%         |
       |                 |        confidence.         |
       |DBUS_TYPE_STRING |                            |
       |                 |        Device name         |


       gpsd maintains an internal list of GPS devices (the "device pool"). If
       you specify devices on the command line, the list is initialized with
       those pathnames; otherwise the list starts empty. Commands to add and
       remove GPS device paths from the daemon's device list must be written
       to a local Unix-domain socket which will be accessible only to programs
       running as root. This control socket will be located wherever the -F
       option specifies it.

       A device may will also be dropped from the pool if GPSD gets a zero
       length read from it. This end-of-file condition indicates that the
       device has been disconnected.

       When gpsd is properly installed along with hotplug notifier scripts
       feeding it device-add commands over the control socket, gpsd should
       require no configuration or user action to find devices.

       Sending SIGHUP to a running gpsd forces it to close all GPSes and all
       client connections. It will then attempt to reconnect to any GPSes on
       its device list and resume listening for client connections. This may
       be useful if your GPS enters a wedged or confused state but can be
       soft-reset by pulling down DTR.

       When gpsd is called with no initial devices (thus, expecting devices to
       be passed to it by notifications to the control socket), and reaches a
       state where there are no devices connected and no subscribers after
       after some devices have been seen, it shuts down gracefully. It is
       expected that future device hotplug events will reactivate it.

       To point gpsd at a device that may be a GPS, write to the control
       socket a plus sign ('+') followed by the device name followed by LF or
       CR-LF. Thus, to point the daemon at /dev/foo. send "+/dev/foo\n". To
       tell the daemon that a device has been disconnected and is no longer
       available, send a minus sign ('-') followed by the device name followed
       by LF or CR-LF. Thus, to remove /dev/foo from the search list, send

       To send a control string to a specified device, write to the control
       socket a '!', followed by the device name, followed by '=', followed by
       the control string.

       To send a binary control string to a specified device, write to the
       control socket a '&', followed by the device name, followed by '=',
       followed by the control string in paired hex digits.

       Your client may await a response, which will be a line beginning with
       either "OK" or "ERROR". An ERROR response to an 'add' command means the
       device did not emit data recognizable as GPS packets; an ERROR response
       to a remove command means the specified device was not in gpsd's device
       pool. An ERROR response to a '!' command means the daemon did not
       recognize the devicename specified.

       The control socket is intended for use by hotplug scripts and other
       device-discovery services. This control channel is separate from the
       public gpsd service port, and only locally accessible, in order to
       prevent remote denial-of-service and spoofing attacks.


       The base User Estimated Range Error (UERE) of GPSes is 8 meters or less
       at 66% confidence, 15 meters or less at 95% confidence. Actual
       horizontal error will be UERE times a dilution factor dependent on
       current satellite position. Altitude determination is more sensitive to
       variability in ionospheric signal lag than latitude/longitude is, and
       is also subject to errors in the estimation of local mean sea level;
       base error is 12 meters at 66% confidence, 23 meters at 95% confidence.
       Again, this will be multiplied by a vertical dilution of precision
       (VDOP) dependent on satellite geometry, and VDOP is typically larger
       than HDOP. Users should not rely on GPS altitude for life-critical
       tasks such as landing an airplane.

       These errors are intrinsic to the design and physics of the GPS system.
       gpsd does its internal computations at sufficient accuracy that it will
       add no measurable position error of its own.

       DGPS correction will reduce UERE by a factor of 4, provided you are
       within about 100 miles (160 km) of a DGPS ground station from which you
       are receiving corrections.

       On a 4800bps connection, the time latency of fixes provided by gpsd
       will be one second or less 95% of the time. Most of this lag is due to
       the fact that GPSes normally emit fixes once per second, thus expected
       latency is 0.5sec. On the personal-computer hardware available in 2005
       and later, computation lag induced by gpsd will be negligible, on the
       order of a millisecond. Nevertheless, latency can introduce significant
       errors for vehicles in motion; at 50 km/h (31 mi/h) of speed over
       ground, 1 second of lag corresponds to 13.8 meters change in position
       between updates.

       The time reporting of the GPS system itself has an intrinsic accuracy
       limit of 14 nanoseconds, but this can only be approximated by
       specialized receivers using that send the high-accuracy PPS
       (Pulse-Per-Second) over RS232 to cue a clock crystal. Most GPS
       receivers only report time to a precision of 0.01s or 0.001s, and with
       no accuracy guarantees below 1sec.

       If your GPS uses a SiRF chipset at firmware level 231, reported UTC
       time may be off by the difference between whatever default leap-second
       offset has been compiled in and whatever leap-second correction is
       currently applicable, from startup until complete subframe information
       is received. Firmware levels 232 and up don't have this problem. You
       may run gpsd at debug level 4 to see the chipset type and firmware
       revision level.

       There are exactly two circumstances under which gpsd relies on the
       host-system clock:

       In the GPS broadcast signal, GPS time is represented using a week
       number that rolls over after 2^10 or 2^13 weeks (about 19.6 years, or
       157 years), depending on the spacecraft. Receivers are required to
       disambiguate this to the correct date, but may have difficulty due to
       not knowing time to within half this interval, or may have bugs. Users
       have reported incorrect dates which appear to be due to this issue.
       gpsd uses the startup time of the daemon detect and compensate for
       rollovers while it is running, but otherwise reports the date as it is
       reported by the receiver without attempting to correct it.

       If you are using an NMEA-only GPS (that is, not using SiRF or Garmin or
       Zodiac binary mode), gpsd relies on the system clock to tell it the
       current century. If the system clock returns an invalid value near
       zero, and the GPS does not emit GPZDA at the start of its update cycle
       (which most consumer-grade NMEA GPSes do not) then the century part of
       the dates gpsd delivers may be wrong. Additionally, near the century
       turnover, a range of dates as wide in seconds as the accuracy of your
       system clock may be referred to the wrong century.


       gpsd can provide reference clock information to ntpd, to keep the
       system clock synchronized to the time provided by the GPS receiver.

       On Linux, gpsd includes support for interpreting the PPS pulses emitted
       at the start of every clock second on the carrier-detect lines of some
       serial GPSes; this pulse can be used to update NTP at much higher
       accuracy than message time provides. You can determine whether your GPS
       emits this pulse by running at -D 5 and watching for carrier-detect
       state change messages in the logfile. In addition, if your kernel
       provides the RFC 2783 kernel PPS API then gpsd will use that for extra

       Detailed instructions for using GPSD to set up a high-quality time
       service can be found among the documentation on the GPSD website.


       On operating systems that support D-BUS, gpsd can be built to broadcast
       GPS fixes to D-BUS-aware applications. As D-BUS is still at a pre-1.0
       stage, we will not attempt to document this interface here. Read the
       gpsd source code to learn more.


       gpsd, if given the -G flag, will listen for connections from any
       reachable host, and then disclose the current position. Before using
       the -G flag, consider whether you consider your computer's location to
       be sensitive data to be kept private or something that you wish to

       gpsd must start up as root in order to open the NTPD shared-memory
       segment, open its logfile, and create its local control socket. Before
       doing any processing of GPS data, it tries to drop root privileges by
       setting its UID to "nobody" (or another configured userid) and its
       group ID to the group of the initial GPS passed on the command line --
       or, if that device doesn't exist, to the group of /dev/ttyS0.

       Privilege-dropping is a hedge against the possibility that carefully
       crafted data, either presented from a client socket or from a subverted
       serial device posing as a GPS, could be used to induce misbehavior in
       the internals of gpsd. It ensures that any such compromises cannot be
       used for privilege elevation to root.

       The assumption behind gpsd's particular behavior is that all the tty
       devices to which a GPS might be connected are owned by the same
       non-root group and allow group read/write, though the group may vary
       because of distribution-specific or local administrative practice. If
       this assumption is false, gpsd may not be able to open GPS devices in
       order to read them (such failures will be logged).

       In order to fend off inadvertent denial-of-service attacks by port
       scanners (not to mention deliberate ones), gpsd will time out inactive
       client connections. Before the client has issued a command that
       requests a channel assignment, a short timeout (60 seconds) applies.
       There is no timeout for clients in watcher or raw modes; rather, gpsd
       drops these clients if they fail to read data long enough for the
       outbound socket write buffer to fill. Clients with an assigned device
       in polling mode are subject to a longer timeout (15 minutes).


       If multiple NMEA talkers are feeding RMC, GLL, and GGA sentences to the
       same serial device (possible with an RS422 adapter hooked up to some
       marine-navigation systems), a 'TPV' response may mix an altitude from
       one device's GGA with latitude/longitude from another's RMC/GLL after
       the second sentence has arrived.

       gpsd may change control settings on your GPS (such as the emission
       frequency of various sentences or packets) and not restore the original
       settings on exit. This is a result of inadequacies in NMEA and the
       vendor binary GPS protocols, which often do not give clients any way to
       query the values of control settings in order to be able to restore
       them later.

       When using SiRF chips, the VDOP/TDOP/GDOP figures and associated error
       estimates are computed by gpsd rather than reported by the chip. The
       computation does not exactly match what SiRF chips do internally, which
       includes some satellite weighting using parameters gpsd cannot see.

       Autobauding on the Trimble GPSes can take as long as 5 seconds if the
       device speed is not matched to the GPS speed.

       Generation of position error estimates (eph, epv, epd, eps, epc) from
       the incomplete data handed back by GPS reporting protocols involves
       both a lot of mathematical black art and fragile device-dependent
       assumptions. This code has been bug-prone in the past and problems may
       still lurk there.

       AIDVM decoding of types 16-17, 22-23, and 25-26 is unverified.

       GPSD presently fully recognizes only the 2.1 level of RTCM2 (message
       types 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 16). The 2.3 message types 13, 14, and 31
       are recognized and reported. Message types 8, 10-12, 15-27, 28-30
       (undefined), 31-37, 38-58 (undefined), and 60-63 are not yet supported.

       The ISGPS used for RTCM2 and subframes decoder logic is sufficiently
       convoluted to confuse some compiler optimizers, notably in GCC 3.x at
       -O2, into generating bad code.

       Devices meant to use PPS for high-precision timekeeping may fail if
       they are specified after startup by a control-socket command, as
       opposed to on the daemon's original command line. Root privileges are
       dropped early, and some Unix variants require them in order to set the
       PPS line discipline. Under Linux the POSIX capability to set the line
       discipline is retained, but other platforms cannot use this code.

       USB GPS devices often do not identify themselves through the USB
       subsystem; they typically present as the class 00h (undefined) or class
       FFh (vendor-specific) of USB-to-serial adapters. Because of this, the
       Linux hotplug scripts must tell gpsd to sniff data from every
       USB-to-serial adapter that goes active and is known to be of a type
       used in GPSes. No such device is sent configuration strings until after
       it has been identified as a GPS, and gpsd never opens a device that is
       opened by another process. But there is a tiny window for non-GPS
       devices not opened; if the application that wants them loses a race
       with GPSD its device open will fail and have to be retried after GPSD
       sniffs the device (normally less than a second later).


           Prototype TTY device. After startup, gpsd sets its group ID to the
           owning group of this device if no GPS device was specified on the
           command line does not exist.

           Optional file containing the device activation/deactivation script.
           Note that while /etc/gpsd is the default system configuration
           directory, it is possible to build the GPSD source code with
           different assumptions. See above for further details on the
           device-hook mechanism.


       By setting the environment variable GPSD_SHM_KEY, you can control the
       key value used to create the shared-memory segment used for
       communication with the client library. This will be useful mainly when
       isolating test instances of gpsd from production ones.


       The official NMEA protocol standards for NMEA0183 and NMEA2000 are
       available from the National Marine Electronics Association, but are
       proprietary and expensive; the maintainers of gpsd have made a point of
       not looking at them. The GPSD project website links to several
       documents that collect publicly disclosed information about the

       gpsd parses the following NMEA sentences: RMC, GGA, GLL, GSA, GSV, VTG,
       ZDA, GBS, HDT, DBT, GST. It recognizes these with either the normal GP
       talker-ID prefix, or with the GN prefix used by GLONASS, or with the II
       prefix emitted by Seahawk Autohelm marine navigation systems, or with
       the IN prefix emitted by some Garmin units, or with the EC prefix
       emitted by ECDIS units, or with the SD prefix emitted by depth
       sounders, or with the HC and TI prefix emitted by some Airmar
       equipment. It recognizes some vendor extensions: the PGRME emitted by
       some Garmin GPS models, the OHPR emitted by Oceanserver digital
       compasses, the PTNTHTM emitted by True North digital compasses, the
       PMTK omitted by some San Jose Navigation GPSes, and the PASHR sentences
       emitted by some Ashtech GPSes.

       Note that gpsd JSON returns pure decimal degrees, not the hybrid
       degree/minute format described in the NMEA standard.

       Differential-GPS corrections are conveyed by the RTCM protocols. The
       applicable standard for RTCM-104 V2 is RTCM Recommended Standards for
       Differential GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite) Service RTCM Paper
       136-2001/SC 104-STD. The applicable standard for RTCM-104 V3 is RTCM
       Standard 10403.1 for Differential GNSS Services - Version 3 RTCM Paper
       177-2006-SC104-STD. Ordering instructions for the RTCM standards are
       accessible from the website of the Radio Technical Commission for
       Maritime Services under "Publications".

       AIS is defined by ITU Recommendation M.1371, Technical Characteristics
       for a Universal Shipborne Automatic Identification System Using Time
       Division Multiple Access. The AIVDM/AIVDO format understood by this
       program is defined by IEC-PAS 61162-100, Maritime navigation and
       radiocommunication equipment and systems. A more accessible description
       of both can be found at AIVDM/AIVDO Protocol Decoding, on the
       references page of the GPSD project website.

       Subframe data is defined by IS-GPS-200E, GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM WING
       IS-GPS-200 Revision E. The format understood by this program is defined
       in Section 20 (Appendix II) of the IS-GPS-200E, GPS NAVIGATION DATA

       JSON is specified by RFC 7159, The JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
       Data Interchange Format.

       The API for PPS time service is specified by RFC 2783, Pulse-Per-Second
       API for UNIX-like Operating Systems, Version 1.0


       gpsdctl(8), gps(1), libgps(3), gpsd_json(5), libgpsmm(3), gpsprof(1),
       gpsfake(1), gpsctl(1), gpscat(1),


       Authors: Eric S. Raymond, Chris Kuethe, Gary Miller. Former authors
       whose bits have been plowed under by code turnover: Remco Treffcorn,
       Derrick Brashear, Russ Nelson. This manual page by Eric S. Raymond

The GPSD Project                6 December 2020                        gpsd(8)

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