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Version: 368616 (MeeGo - 06/11/10)

Section: 8 (Commandes administrateur)


gpsd - interface daemon for GPS receivers


gpsd [-f GPS-devicename] [-F control-socket] [-S listener-port] [-b] [-n] [-N] [-h] [-P pidfile] [-D debuglevel] [-V] [[source-name]...]


gpsd is a monitor daemon that watches a TCP/IP port (2947 by default), waiting for applications to request information from GPSes or differential-GPS radios attached to the host machine. Each GPS or radio is expected to be direct-connected to the host via a USB or RS232C serial port. The port 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 binary Rockwell protocol used by EarthMate and some other GPSes, the TSIP binary protocol used by Trimble GPSes, or the binary SiRF protocol used by SiRFstar chipsets, or the Garmin binary protocol used by the USB version of the Garmin 18 and other Garmin USB GPSes, or the binary protocol used by Evermore chipsets, or the extended NMEA used by iTrax. gpsd effectively hides the differences among these. It also knows about and uses commands that tune the GPS for lower latency, decreased bandwidth usage, or increased accuracy on the San Jose Navigation FV18, the Sony CXD2951, the uBlox, and the Motorola OnCore GT+. It can read heading and attitude information from the True North Technologies Revolution 2X Digital compass.

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-S104 data; this will improve user error 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. See [xref to refsect1] and [xref to refsect1] for discussion.

The program accepts the following options:

Set a GPS device name. This option is deprecated and may be removed in a future version. Each command-line argument will be treated as a device to be probed for the presence of a GPS; that, rather than the -f option, is the preferred way of specifying GPS devices at startup.
Create a control socket for device addition and removal commands. 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.
Set TCP/IP port on which to listen for GPSD clients (default is 2947).
This is a deprecated option which takes a differential-GPS source as argument. See the description of argument interpretation below.
Broken-device-safety, otherwise known as read-only mode. Some popular bluetooth and USB receivers lock up or become totally inaccessible when probed or reconfigured. 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.
Don't wait for a client to connect before polling whatever GPS is associated with it. The wait is a feature; many serial GPSes go to a standby mode (not drawing power) before the host machine asserts DTR, so waiting for the first actual request can save valuable battery power on portable equipment. This option combines well with -D2 to enable monitoring of the GPS data stream.
Don't daemonize; run in foreground. Also suppresses privilege-dropping. This switch is mainly useful for debugging. Its meaning may change in future versions.
Display help message and terminate.
Specify the name and path to record the daemon's process ID.
Set debug level. 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.
Dump version and exit.

Arguments are interpreted as the names of data sources. Normally, a data source is the name of a local serial device from which the daemon may expect GPS data.

A data source name may also be a URL pointing to a specific differential-GPS service (DGPSIP server or Ntrip broadcaster).If the URL starts with "ntrip://" Ntrip will be used; if the URL starts with "dgpsip://", DGPSIP will be used. Gpsd also defaults to DGPSIP if no protocol is defined. For Ntrip services that require authentication, a prefix of the form "username:password@" can be added before the name of the Ntrip broadcaster. If a suffix of the service name begins with ":" it is interpreted as a port number, overriding the default IANA-assigned port of 2101. For Ntrip service you also need to specify which stream to use; the stream is given in the form "/streamname". So, an example DGPSIP URL could be "dgpsip://" and a Ntrip URL could be "ntrip://".

Internally, the daemon maintains a device list holding the pathnames of GPSes 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 [xref to refsect1] for details on this). Daemon startup will abort with an error if neither any devices nor a control socket are specified.

At any given time, each client will be listening to only one of the GPSes on the device list. By default, a client's device is the one that most recently shipped information to the daemon at the time the client first requests GPS information (that is, issues any command other than F, K, W=0 or R=0).

The request protocol for gpsd clients is very simple. Each request normally consists of a single ASCII character followed by a newline. Case of the request character is ignored. Each request returns a line of response text ended by a CR/LF. Requests and responses are as follows, with %f standing for a decimal float numeral and %d for decimal integer numeral:

The current altitude as "A=%f", meters above mean sea level.
The B command with no argument returns four fields giving the parameters of the serial link to the GPS as "B=%d %d %c %d"; baud rate, byte size, parity, (N, O or E for no parity, odd, or even) and stop bits (1 or 2). The command "B=%d" sets the baud rate, not changing parity or stop bits; watch the response, because it is possible for this to fail if the GPS does not support a speed-switching command. In case of failure, the daemon and GPS will continue to communicate at the old speed. The B= form is rejected if more than one client is attached to the channel.
C with no following = asks the daemon to return the cycle time of the attached GPS, if any. If there is no attached device it will return "C=?".

If the driver has the capability to change sampling rate the command "C=%f" does so, setting a new cycle time in seconds. The "C=" form is rejected if more than one client is attached to the channel.

If the driver has the capability to change sampling rate, this command always returns "C=%f %f" giving the current cycle time in seconds and the minimum possible cycle time at the current baud rate. If the driver does not have the capability to change sampling rate, this returns, as "C=%f", the cycle time in seconds only.

Either number may be fractional, indicating a GPS cycle shorter than a second; however, if >1 the cycle time must be a whole number. Also note that relatively few GPSes have the ability to set sub-second cycle times; consult your hardware protocol description to make sure this works.

This command will return "C=?" at start of session, before the first full packet has been received from the GPS, because the GPS type is not yet known. To set up conditions for a real answer, issue it after some command that reads position/velocity/time information from the device.

Returns the UTC time in the ISO 8601 format, "D=yyyy-mm-ddThh:nmm:ss.ssZ". Digits of precision in the fractional-seconds part will vary and may be absent.
Returns "E=%f %f %f": three estimated position errors in meters -- total, horizontal, and vertical (95% confidence level). Note: many GPSes do not supply these numbers. When the GPS does not supply them, gpsd computes them from satellite DOP using fixed figures for expected non-DGPS and DGPS range errors in meters. A value of '?' for any of these numbers should be taken to mean that component of DOP is not available. See also the 'q' command.
Gets or sets the active GPS device name. The bare command 'f' requests a response containing 'F=' followed by the name of the active GPS device. The other form of the command is 'f=', in which case all following printable characters up to but not including the next CR/LF are interpreted as the name of a trial GPS device. If the trial device is in gpsd's device list, it is opened and read to see if a GPS can be found there. If it can, the trial device becomes the active device for this client.

The 'f=' command may fail if the specified device name is not on the daemon's device list. This device list is initialized with the paths given on the command line, if any were specified. For security reasons, ordinary clients cannot change this device list; instead, this must be done via the daemon's local control socket declared with the -F option.

Once an 'f=' command succeeds, the client is tied to the specified device until the client disconnects.

Whether the command is 'f' or 'f=' or not, and whether it succeeds or not, the response always lists the name of the client's device.

(At protocol level 1, the F command failed if more than one client was attached, and multiple devices were not supported.)

With =, accepts a single argument which may have either of the values 'gps' or 'rtcm104', with case ignored. This specifies the type of information the client wants and forces a device assignment. Without =, forces a device assignment but doesn't force the type. This command is optional; if it is not given, the client will be bound to whatever available device the daemon finds first.

This command returns either '?' if no device of the specified type(s) could be assigned, otherwise a string ('GPS' or 'RTCM104') identifying the kind of information the attached device returns.

Returns a text string identifying the GPS. The string may contain spaces and is terminated by CR-LF. This command will return '?' at start of session, before the first full packet has been received from the GPS, because its type is not yet known.
Get or set buffering policy; this only matters for NMEA devices which report fix data in several separate sentences during the poll cycle (and in particular it doesn't matter for SiRF chips). The default (j=0) is to clear all fix data at the start of each poll cycle, so until the sentence that reports a given piece of data arrives queries will report ?. Setting j=1 will disable this, retaining data from the previous cycle. This is a per-user-channel bit, not a per-device one. The j=0 setting is hyper-correct and never displays stale data, but may produce a jittery display; the j=1 setting allows stale data but smooths the display.

(At protocol level below 3, there was no J command. Note, this command is experimental and its semantics are subject to change.)

Returns a line consisting of "K=" followed by an integer count of of all GPS devices known to gpsd, followed by a space, followed by a space-separated list of the device names. This command lists devices the daemon has been pointed at by the command-line argument(s) or an add command via its control socket, and has successfully recognized as GPSes. Because GPSes might be unplugged at any time, the presence of a name in this list does not guarantee that the device is available.

(At protocol level 1, there was no K command.)

Returns three fields: a protocol revision number, the gpsd version, and a list of accepted request letters.
The NMEA mode as "M=%d". 0=no mode value yet seen, 1=no fix, 2=2D (no altitude), 3=3D (with altitude).
Get or set the GPS driver mode. Without argument, reports the mode as "N=%d"; N=0 means NMEA mode and N=1 means alternate mode (binary if it has one, for SiRF and Evermore chipsets in particular). With argument, set the mode if possible; the new mode will be reported in the response. The "N=" form is rejected if more than one client is attached to the channel.
Attempts to return a complete time/position/velocity report as a unit. Any field for which data is not available being reported as ?. If there is no fix, the response is simply "O=?", otherwise a tag and timestamp are always reported. Fields are as follows, in order:

A tag identifying the last sentence received. For NMEA devices this is just the NMEA sentence name; the talker-ID portion may be useful for distinguishing among results produced by different NMEA talkers in the same wire.
Seconds since the Unix epoch, UTC. May have a fractional part of up to .01sec precision.
time error
Estimated timestamp error (%f, seconds, 95% confidence).
Latitude as in the P report (%f, degrees).
Longitude as in the P report (%f, degrees).
Altitude as in the A report (%f, meters). If the mode field is not 3 this is an estimate and should be treated as unreliable.
horizontal error estimate
Horizontal error estimate as in the E report (%f, meters).
vertical error estimate
Vertical error estimate as in the E report (%f, meters).
course over ground
Track as in the T report (%f, degrees).
speed over ground
Speed (%f, meters/sec). Note: older versions of the O command reported this field in knots.
Vertical velocity as in the U report (%f, meters/sec).
estimated error in course over ground
Error estimate for course (%f, degrees, 95% confidence).
estimated error in speed over ground
Error estimate for speed (%f, meters/sec, 95% confidence). Note: older experimental versions of the O command reported this field in knots.
estimated error in climb/sink
Estimated error for climb/sink (%f, meters/sec, 95% confidence).
The NMEA mode (%d, ?=no mode value yet seen, 1=no fix, 2=2D, 3=3D). (This field was not reported at protocol levels 2 and lower.)

Returns the current position in the form "P=%f %f"; numbers are in degrees, latitude first.
Returns "Q=%d %f %f %f %f %f": a count of satellites used in the last fix, and five dimensionless dilution-of-precision (DOP) numbers -- spherical, horizontal, vertical, time, and total geometric. These are computed from the satellite geometry; they are factors by which to multiply the estimated UERE (user error in meters at specified confidence level due to ionospheric delay, multipath reception, etc.) to get actual circular error ranges in meters (or seconds) at the same confidence level. See also the 'e' command. Note: Some GPSes may fail to report these, or report only one of them (often HDOP); a value of 0.0 should be taken as an indication that the data is not available.

Note: Older versions of gpsd reported only the first three DOP numbers, omitting time DOP and total DOP.

Sets or toggles 'raw' mode. Return "R=0" or "R=1" or "R=2". In raw mode you read the NMEA data stream from each GPS. (Non-NMEA GPSes get their communication format translated to NMEA on the fly.) If the device is a source of RTCM-104 corrections, the corrections are dumped in the textual format described in rtcm104(5).

The command 'r' immediately followed by the digit '1' or the plus sign '+' sets raw mode. The command 'r' immediately followed by the digit '2' sets super-raw mode; for non-NMEA (binary) GPSes or RTCM-104 sources this dumps the raw binary packet. The command 'r' followed by the digit '0' or the minus sign '-' clears raw mode. The command 'r' with neither suffix toggles raw mode.

Note: older versions of gpsd did not support super-raw mode.

The NMEA status as "S=%d". 0=no fix, 1=fix, 2=DGPS-corrected fix.
Track made good; course "T=%f" in degrees from true north.
Current rate of climb as "U=%f" in meters per second. Some GPSes (not SiRF-based) do not report this, in that case gpsd computes it using the altitude from the last fix (if available).
The current speed over ground as "V=%f" in knots.
Sets or toggles 'watcher' mode (see the description below). Return "W=0" or "W=1".The command 'w' immediately followed by the digit '1' or the plus sign '+' sets watcher mode. The command 'w' followed by the digit '0' or the minus sign '-' clears watcher mode. The command 'w' with neither suffix toggles watcher mode.
Returns "X=0" if the GPS is offline, "X=%f" if online; in the latter case, %f is a timestamp from when the last sentence was received.

(At protocol level 1, the nonzero response was always 1.)

Returns Y=, followed by a sentence tag, followed by a timestamp (seconds since the Unix epoch, UTC) and a count not more than 12, followed by that many quintuples of satellite PRNs, elevation/azimuth pairs (elevation an integer formatted as %d in range 0-90, azimuth an integer formatted as %d in range 0-359), signal strengths in decibels, and 1 or 0 according as the satellite was or was not used in the last fix. Each number is followed by one space.

(At protocol level 1, this response had no tag or timestamp.)

The Z command returns daemon profiling information of interest to gpsd developers. The format of this string is subject to change without notice.
The $ command returns daemon profiling information of interest to gpsd developers. The format of this string is subject to change without notice.

Note that a response consisting of just ? following the = means that there is no valid data available. This may mean either that the device being queried is offline, or (for position/velocity/time queries) that it is online but has no fix.

Requests can be concatenated and sent as a string; gpsd will then respond with a comma-separated list of replies.

Every gpsd reply will start with the string "GPSD" followed by the replies. Examples:

      query:       "p\n"
      reply:       "GPSD,P=36.000000 123.000000\r\n"

      query:       "d\n"
      reply:       "GPSD,D=2002-11-16T02:45:05.12Z\r\n"

      query:       "va\n"
      reply:       "GPSD,V=0.000000,A=37.900000\r\n"

When clients are active but the GPS is not responding, gpsd will spin trying to open the GPS device once per second. Thus, it can be left running in background and survive having a GPS repeatedly unplugged and plugged back in. When it is properly installed along with hotplug notifier scripts feeding it device-add commands, gpsd should require no configuration or user action to find devices.

The recommended mode for clients is watcher mode. In watcher mode gpsd ships a line of data to the client each time the GPS gets either a fix update or a satellite picture, but rather than being raw NMEA the line is a gpsd 'o' or 'y' response. Additionally, watching clients get notifications in the form X=0 or X=%f when the online/offline status of the GPS changes, and an I response giving the device type when the user is assigned a device.

Clients should be prepared for the possibility that additional fields (such as heading or roll/pitch/yaw) may be added to the O command, and not treat the occurrence of extra fields as an error. The protocol number will be incremented if and when such fields are added.

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.


gpsd maintains an internal list of GPS devices. 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.

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 "-/dev/foo\n".

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.

Your client may await a response, which will be a line beginning with either "OK" or "ERROR". An ERROR reponse 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 list. 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 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 to atmospheric signal lag than latitude/longitude, 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 from roughly 8 meters to roughly 2 meters, provided you are within about 100mi (160km) of a DGPS ground station.

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, 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 50km/h (31mi/h) of speed over ground, 1 second of lag corresponds to 13.8 meters change in position between updates.


gpsd can provide reference clock information to ntpd, to keep the system clock synchronized to the time provided by the GPS receiver. This facility is only available when the daemon is started from root. If you're going to use gpsd you probably want to run it -n mode so the clock will be updated even when no clients are active.

Note that deriving time from messages received from the GPS is not as accurate as you might expect. Messages are often delayed in the receiver and on the link by several hundred milliseconds, and this delay is not constant. 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. On OpenBSD gpsd makes use of the nmea(4) line discipline and the tty(4) timestamping facilities to export PPS time via the sensors framework. OpenBSD's ntpd uses these sensors to adjust the hardware clock and frequency. To make use of this feature, gpsd must be started as root so it can activate the timestamping and line discipline; after attempting to set up PPS, it will relinquish root privileges.

When gpsd receives a sentence with a timestamp, it packages the received timestamp with current local time and sends it to a shared-memory segment with an ID known to ntpd, the network time synchronization daemon. If ntpd has been properly configured to receive this message, it will be used to correct the system clock.

Here is a sample ntp.conf configuration stanza telling ntpd how to read the GPS notfications:

 server minpoll 4 maxpoll 4
 fudge time1 0.420 refid GPS
 server minpoll 4 maxpoll 4 prefer
 fudge refid GPS1

The magic pseudo-IP address identifies unit 0 of the ntpd shared-memory driver; identifies unit 1. Unit 0 is used for message-decoded time and unit 1 for the (more accurate, when available) time derived from the PPS synchronization pulse. Splitting these notifications allows ntpd to use its normal heuristics to weight them.

With this configuration, ntpd will read the timestamp posted by gpsd every 16 seconds and send it to unit 0. The number after the parameter time1 is an offset in seconds. You can use it to adjust out some of the fixed delays in the system. 0.035 is a good starting value for the Garmin GPS-18/USB, 0.420 for the Garmin GPS-18/LVC.

After restarting ntpd, a line similar to the one below should appear in the output of the command "ntpq -p" (after allowing a couple of minutes):

  remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter ========================================================================= +SHM(0) .GPS. 0 l 13 16 377 0.000 0.885 0.882

If you are running PPS then it will look like this:

  remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter ========================================================================= -SHM(0) .GPS. 0 l 13 16 377 0.000 0.885 0.882 *SHM(1) .GPS1. 0 l 11 16 377 0.000 -0.059 0.006

When the value under "reach" remains zero, check that gpsd is running; and some application is connected to it or the '-n' option was used. Make sure the receiver is locked on to at least one satellite, and the receiver is in SiRF binary, Garmin binary or NMEA/PPS mode. Plain NMEA will also drive ntpd, but the accuracy as bad as one second. When the SHM(0) line does not appear at all, check the system logs for error messages from ntpd.

When no other reference clocks appear in the NTP configuration, the system clock will lock onto the GPS clock. When you have previously used ntpd, and other reference clocks appear in your configuration, there may be a fixed offset between the GPS clock and other clocks. The gpsd developers would like to receive information about the offsets observed by users for each type of receiver. Please send us the output of the "ntpq -p" command and the make and type of receiver.


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 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 userid as set by configure) 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), an 'O' 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.

If your GPS uses a SiRF chipset at firmware level 231, and it is after 31 May 2007, reported UTC time may be off by the difference between 13 seconds and whatever leap-second correction is currently applicable, from startup until complete subframe information is received (normally about six seconds). 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.

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.

If you are using an NMEA-only GPS (that is, not using SiRF or Garmin or Zodiac binary mode) and the GPS does not emit GPZDA at the start of its update cycle (which most consumer-grade NMEA GPSes do not) and it is after 2099, then the century part of the dates gpsd delivers will be wrong.


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


The official NMEA protocol standard is available on paper from the National Marine Electronics Association:, but is proprietary and expensive; the maintainers of gpsd have made a point of not looking at it. The GPSD website: links to several documents that collect publicly disclosed information about the protocol.

gpsd parses the following NMEA sentences: RMC, GGA, GLL, GSA, GSV, VTG, ZDA. It recognizes these with either the normal GP talker-ID prefix, or with the II prefix emitted by Seahawk Autohelm marine navigation systems, or with the IN prefix emitted by some Garmin units. It recognizes one vendor extension, the PGRME emitted by some Garmin GPS models.

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


 gps(1), libgps(3), libgpsd(3), gpsprof(1), gpsfake(1), gpsctl(1), gpscat(1), rtcm-104(5).


Remco Treffcorn, Derrick Brashear, Russ Nelson, Eric S. Raymond, Chris Kuethe. This manual page by Eric S. Raymond <>. There is a project site at here: