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How to split gpx files using gpsbabel

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I usually just download the gpx track from my GPS and delete the track from device each time I arrive home and I was at some interesting place before. Last week this was not the case, I was at Gyúró two weeks ago, then I borrowed by device, without clearing the log from it.

So the task was easy: I had a timestamp and I had the full log from the device, and I want to split it: before and after a given timestamp. It turned out that I had some log from Oct 28th as well, so I wanted:

  • The log till Oct 28th

  • The log between Nov 5th and 8th

  • The log after 10th.

Luckily the gpsbabel documentation is quite clear in this area (see Example 4.8), I just needed the following commands:

$ gpsbabel -t -i gpx -f in.gpx -x track,stop=20101028 -o gpx -F out1.gpx
$ gpsbabel -t -i gpx -f in.gpx -x track,start=20101105,stop=20101108 -o gpx -F out2.gpx
$ gpsbabel -t -i gpx -f in.gpx -x track,start=20101110 -o gpx -F out3.gpx

Update: two more notes:

  • the stop is exclusive, start is inclusive

  • when using the result in digikam, the camera time zone has to be set to "manual: gmt+0", even if both the gpx result and the camera time is in local time

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