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KISSUTIL(1) General Commands Manual KISSUTIL(1)


kissutil - KISS TNC troubleshooting and Application Interface.


kissutil [ options ]


kissutil can be used interactively for troubleshooting a KISS TNC. It is usable with direwolf and other generic KISS TNCs connected to a serial port. It can also be used as an application interface where each side places files in a directory for the other to process. See User Guide for more details.


Hostname or IP address for a TCP KISS TNC. Default is localhost.

A number may be specified for a TCP port other than the default 8001. If not a number, it is considered to be a serial port name such as /dev/ttyS0 or COM3.

Speed for serial port. e.g. 9600.

For each received frame, a new file is created here. It is expected that some other application will process files in this directory then delete them.

Each received frame will be preceded by a timestamp in the specified format. See strftime documentation for a description of the format string. Example: %H:%M:%S for current time in hours, minutes, seconds.

Files in this directory are transmited and deleted. Another application places a file here when it wants something to be transmitted.

Verbose - Display the KISS frames going to and from the TNC.


More detailed information is in the PDF files at

Applications in this package: aclients, atest, decode_aprs, direwolf, gen_packets, kissutil, ll2utm, log2gpx, text2tt, tt2text, utm2ll