GPS tracking in Background - Edge Hack (Not Devel, Stable, RC)

  • @hsce1 yep i've this thing once every 20 usage...I'll troubleshoot this summer.

  • Thanks a lot for your work!!!

  • How did you get GPS tracking work? I got the program running in the terminal, but it seems to have no access to the GPS. The symbol in the indicator bar remains black.

    In the description there are requirements mentioned (which I can not fullfill):

    Depending of the Ubuntu Touch version and AppArmor security, you might need to run this app into an iperspace. See Currently RC and Stable requires this tool.

    What do I have to do with this link/Information? I get a page: The app you are looking for has been removed or does not exist ...

  • @herr-b You have to allow the terminal to run in background.
    This app use test_gps which bypass Lomiri thus the icon color.

    You can ran manuall in the terminal test_gps

    However this app will likely not work for pinephone and Halium9.

  • @ernest Yes I already allowed the terminal to run in the background.
    test_gps shows 'init gps interface' and the program shows 'Waiting for satellites' but both get no position, while Pure Maps has GPS reception and shows the position on the map. Foreground or background doesnt matter. It looks like the terminal does not get access to the GPS?
    I switched from stable to RC without any change. I use it on a BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition.

  • Try to let the phone outside for 5-10 min.
    If test_GPS doesn't work for you, then my app will not work.

  • GPS reception is not the problem, the app Activity Tracker is working and recording. I switched now the Activity Tracker to run in the background and it seems to keep running in the background. So I can navigate with Pure Maps in the foreground and record the track in the background. But as soon as the screen gets locked all the apps are stopped? Not sure, I will keep testing ... but if I play music in the Web Browser and the screen locks, also the music stops.
    It looks that in the case the UT phone should be my only phone I will have to reactivate good old Garmin Foretrex 401 for track recording.

  • Yes app not in foreground doesn't get GPS signal, see my request there :

  • I can't confirm this. I allowed Activity Tracker to run in the background in UT Tweak Tool and started track recording in Activity Tracker. Then I started Pure Maps to navigate and switched apps from time to time. Most of the time I had Pure Maps in the foreground. At the end I had a complete track in Activity Tracker.

    So this means, that Activity Tracker has GPS reception and works in the background (if allowed in UT Tweak Tool) in my case.

  • Another test showed again the problem with the locked screen. In my test Activity Tracker did not continue recording, once the GPS reception was lost shortly in a building, also GPS reception should have been good again after the interruption. Only after unlocking the screen it continued track recording.

  • Hi @ernest,

    I just had a look at the and made the following change (line 183), which made the code run on my phone:

    if"^longtide", line): #longtide bug in test_gps
            long = line.split()
    -       if re.match(".\d+.\d+", long[1]):
    +       if re.match("(?:\d+(?:\.\d*)?|\.\d+)", long[1]):
                longitude = long[1]
                subprocess.Popen(["truncate", "-s", "0", temp_file], shell=False)

    You are trying to match a floating point number here, right? Following this post it is apparently better to use "(?:\d+(?:\.\d*)?|\.\d+)". I've made a pull request.

    I hope this does not break other things. On the my phone it works..

    Here is the click if someone wants to test:


  • Thanks for the pull request,
    I'll not be able to test it prior end of august 😕 (My goods and spare phone are in transit).

    Let see the feedback of others.

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