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29 June 2009

Locatable and iPhone 3.0 issues

Several people have reported that Locatable -- I think Relocatable, actually -- is not working on iPhone OS 3.0. I haven't had a chance to debug yet but consider this an open thread to complain and/or troubleshoot.
Note that Apple has now built the Geolocation API into the Mobile Safari browser in 3.0 using the standard navigator.geolocation object. Looks like Locatable was just ahead of its time!

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Mike Carambat said...

Glad to see i'm not the only one with 3.0 and Relocatable issues. I really miss it running in the background on my phone - sigh -

I've lost that warm fuzzy feeling that I had knowing I could always find my phone if it was ever lost!

Please! Do let us know when it's back and 3.0 happy :) - Mike

June 30, 2009 9:43 PM  
Blogger Martin Cleaver said...

Yup, I had made an app that tracked my movements so I could reconcile billing clients I went to visit.

... No more :(

Martin

July 16, 2009 11:58 AM  
Blogger tarrinho said...

i've used to place my iphone in my girlfriend bag to know where she went...

no more .. :(

lol

July 21, 2009 7:41 PM  
Blogger Jan McCown said...

I only used Locatable for the backgrounding daemon, updating a web server using curl, a poor man's 'Find my iPhone'. I would love to see it working on iPhone 3.0, if only the Relocatable daemon.

July 29, 2009 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Louis Loizides said...

I'm in the same boat. I used relocatable and curl to update twitter with my iPhone location. I would really love to have that again. Is there any alternative command line way of getting GPS coordinates?

August 1, 2009 7:29 PM  
Blogger Brent Ashley said...

I'm also interested in even just a simple commandline app that reports the current location. I can easily set up launchd to run a script that takes its output and sends it somewhere, stores it to log or sqlite db etc.

August 21, 2009 9:17 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I really hope you can fix this! I can't find another program that lets me upload my location using a URL like this one does. I miss it.

August 24, 2009 1:55 AM  
Blogger Brent Ashley said...

You can easily see the last fix that your phone got by using Erica Sadun's plutil to read the binary plist at /private/var/root/Library/Caches/locationd/cache.plist (Thanks, Martin, for confirming that)

Now all we need is a command-line program that invokes CLLocationCore to get a fix. That will launch locationd which will update the cache once it has done its magic.

I'll be glad to wrap it all up in shell scripting and schedule it with a launchd plist, but ObjectiveC is beyond me. Perhaps it would not be too bad to write a Python script to invoke CLLocationCore.

Wesley - can you compile a commandline program that just invokes the location object and reports its output?

August 25, 2009 8:56 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

http://chrisalvares.com/blog/?p=72

This is just what I was looking for.

August 27, 2009 6:31 PM  
Blogger Brent Ashley said...

Thanks Rachel - just the ticket. Chris has got it packaged up and renamed now and the home for it is:

http://crisalvares.com/Cerebro

Works great for me.

September 1, 2009 1:07 AM  
Blogger Seth said...

Rachel (or anyone else)- would you be so kind as to compile chris alvares' daemon and post it for download? I don't like the idea of using cerebro, since it is recording my location, and there is no EULA on his site...

What I really want is a command line util that just spits out lat/lon and accuracy, and I have no ability to compile myself. Your help would be very appreciated!

September 5, 2009 6:08 PM  

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