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       indiserver - INDI server for telescope control under KStars

       indiserver [ -p port ] [ -r attempts ] [ -vv ] driver [ driver ... ]

       KStars allows you to configure and control astronomical instruments such
       as telescopes and focusers via the INDI protocol.  indiserver is a server
       that sits between the KStars user interface and the low-level hardware

       The INDI server is a network server, in that either local or remote
       clients may connect to it to control astronomical instruments.  The INDI
       server must be running on the machine that is physically connected to the
       astronomical instruments.

       Note that there is no need for you to run the INDI server directly.
       Using the KStars device manager, you can set up astronomical instruments
       and start or stop the INDI server all from within KStars.

       You may however choose to run the INDI server manually from the command
       line.  In this case you must pass the names of one or more drivers for
       individual astronomical instruments.  The current list of available
       drivers is:

              celestrongps (Celestron GPS)
              lx200_16 (LX200 16")
              lx200autostar (LX200 Autostar)
              lx200classic (LX200 Classic)
              lx200generic (LX200 Generic)
              lx200gps (LX200 GPS)

       Much more detailed information can be found in the KStars Handbook, as
       described below.

       KStars is a graphical desktop planetarium for KDE, and forms part of the
       official KDE edutainment module.

       -p port
              Specify the port to listen on (defaults to 7624).

       -r attempts
              Specify the maximum number of restart attempts for each driver
              (defaults to 2).

       -vv    Write more verbose output to stderr.

       To start an INDI server running an LX200 GPS driver and listening to
       connections on port 8000:

              prompt$ indiserver -p 8000 lx200gps

       celestrongps(1), lx200_16(1), lx200autostar(1), lx200classic(1),
       lx200generic(1), lx200gps(1), kstars(1).

       The KStars Handbook contains detailed information on how to use INDI for
       telescope control.  You can read this handbook in the KDE Help Centre.
       Alternatively you can enter the URL help:/kstars/indi.html directly into
       konqueror or you can run `khelpcenter help:/kstars/indi.html' from the

       If the KDE Help Centre is not installed then you can install the package
       kdeedu-doc-html and read this documentation in HTML format from

       KStars was written by Jason Harris <>, Heiko
       Evermann <>, Thomas Kabelmann <>, Mark
       Hollomon <>, Pablo de Vicente <>,
       Jasem Mutlaq <>, Carsten Niehaus <>,
       Vincent Jagot <> and Martin Piskernig
       This manual page was prepared by Ben Burton <> for the
       Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

                                  June 20, 2004                    INDISERVER(1)