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Users / Re: Energy consumption of core
« on: September 21, 2007, 07:33:27 pm »
The idea I had was to use sleep mode. If we can find a way to program a button from the infrared remote to get the pc into s3 mode it will save a lot of energy. Then options like wake on lan will ensure that the core will come online again when needed...


Well I thought and tried a lot for sleep mode. If you only need core for media and things when you're home that's ok, but not if you run telephony and video surveillance. Also AFAIK, systems going into and coming out of sleep state are not so reliable, so it can quite easily happen that it won't wake up anymore.... But sleep mode is more perfect for MDs.

So I guess all features of scaling CPU voltage and frequency should be exploited and spinning disk down, I guess idle consumption should be very low. But I just don't know how far can one go under current version of Kernel and KUbuntu.

Regards,

Bulek.

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Users / Re: Sprinklers support ?
« on: September 21, 2007, 10:15:20 am »
Hi,

when talking about sprinklers support there are two parts in this story. First is support for HW that switches sprinklers off/on. The second part is how to show sprinklers on floorplan and have possibility to control them from there. If you have rare sprinkler system, that there is a slim chance that it will be already supported on HW level.

What I'm after is support on higher level - to have Sprinkler as device template that would be properly handled also on Orbiters..

Regards,

Bulek

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: MAME
« on: September 21, 2007, 10:12:14 am »
Hi,

if Mythgame already exist there is probably not so hard to do addition to use Mythtv plugins also. One simple way is to add Mythfrontend to Computing applications and you can start mythfrontend and do everything you like with it and also with mythtv plugins...

HTH,

Bulek.

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Add-To-Playlist Option
« on: September 21, 2007, 10:10:23 am »
Hi,

I'm not sure, but perhaps something else handles playlists. I doubt there is such handling code in Xine Player wrapper, cause it can only play playlist and probably jump to certain place in playlist, but not to handle playlist by itself... But this is just my thinking, without any real digging into it... But will ask further on this matter.

HTH,

regards,

Bulek.

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Users / Re: how to: use java ip camera in linuxmce.
« on: September 21, 2007, 10:07:55 am »
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1/ I'm looking for a way of making video recorded when motion detect it! I though it was in the motion field, putting 3 make it record but not find any video file.
Did you check /home/cameras tree. I have motion triggered and time-lapse videos in there...

2/ The worst is that when I change the action in "active sensor" for each mode, if I make just snapshot in disarmed mode then reload, then when I change mode to armed, alarm don't work at all like if the mode was still in disarmed ! Is there a way of showing the mode in the gui !! I tried some other conbination in the alctive sensor, but I got a probleme with the mode !!! shity ! because the threadx.conf is correct and motion.conf also for record when motion !
any help would be appreciate !
I don't quite understand all statements, but will try to respond. Integration with motion is not fully done. Actually only config files are auto generated from settings in admin page and then more or less motion works on its own. Communication happens only on few occasions :
- when LMCE needs snapshots it sends signal to motion and than motion_wrapper reads latest snapshots and send it back (view camera scenarios for instance)
- when motion is detected, then proper DCE messages are sent. In ThreadX.conf you have :

Quote
# sending pluto tripped on/off events on motion start/end
on_event_start /usr/pluto/bin/MessageSend 127.0.0.1 51 -1001 2 9 25 1
on_event_end /usr/pluto/bin/MessageSend 127.0.0.1 51 -1001 2 9 25 0
and that cause sensor tripped on and tripped off events that are sent to LMCE. Currently even motion http interface is not supported - I did all the work I could at that time, but now have no time to enhance it. But everone is welcome to rool sleeves up, I'll help as much as I can with internals and how to do it...

BTW, I think that you have current house status displayed on main page of Orbiter...

HTH,

regards,

Rob.
 

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Users / Sprinklers support ?
« on: September 20, 2007, 11:31:11 am »
Hi,

I see that sprinklers are mentioned every now and then, but does anyone know how to properly add them and put them on floorplan ?
Any proper way or workaround needed ?

Thanks in advance,

regards,

Bulek.

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Users / Re: how to: use java ip camera in linuxmce.
« on: September 20, 2007, 10:24:05 am »
thank's two of you for helping, i start being crazy !!!
Right, I add motion interface, then make the gsd controled by the motion !
However there is this wiki page that explain how to create conf file threadX.conf and motion.conf !!

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/IP_Cameras

I will have a look
thanks both
Forget that page, it's outdated... You just simply add Motion_Wrapper device and then add cameras as its child devices... All config files should be autocreated for you after reboot... If not post your problems and we will help...

Regards,

Bulek.

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Users / Re: howto: french translation
« on: September 20, 2007, 10:22:28 am »
I guess two only way is to:

1/ install mysqladmin, then go in linuxmce_main_database then modify texts
2/ Use winbind (HAdesigner) on windows and connect to linuxmce core (the hard part), then change the gui !!!

If any one's got a how to detailed, would be great, because translation can go quick !!
Hi,

I'm also dying for some more documents about translation of GUI or addition of certain screens to GUI (I'd like to create incoming doorphone call screen, similar to incoming call, but with camera shown)...

Anyone that can get us started ?

Regards,

Bulek.

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Users / Re: how to: use java ip camera in linuxmce.
« on: September 20, 2007, 01:52:14 am »
Hi,

I've described briefly procedure to add IP camera under Motion wrapper (if that's what you want) - GSD based solution connects to it directly without Motion wrapper - but in this way you loose features of motion (recording, triggering security breaches, etc...)....

But that description only existed in Pluto Wiki, so I have transfer that part also to LMCE wiki - go ahead and take a look :

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Motion

HTH,

regards,

Bulek.

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Developers / Re: Working on PowerLinc USB, RCS TX15B Thermostat support
« on: September 18, 2007, 10:44:21 pm »
Hi,

thanks for info. I've already put some info on compiling few things on Pluto.

Maybe it can be updated. I guess you're making your notes for your reference, so maybe you can share them with us. There is always someone better, but currently AFAIK we don't have any step by step procedure what to do to compile certain binaries....

Outdated pages are here :
http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/How_to_compile_Motion_Wrapper
http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/How_to_compile_Asterisk

Will you (or anyone else doing similar thing) please be so kind to post steps (procedure) to compile certain binaries. IT would be of great help - I did under Pluto, but have no clue how to do it under LMCE...

Thanks in advance,

regards,

Bulek.

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Users / Re: Energy consumption of core
« on: September 18, 2007, 11:45:30 am »
I'm also concerned about power consumption and looking for ways to decrease it.

Majority of smart home community is talking about power usage reductions cause of its "smart" features, but if we put power hungry PCs in them, then it is hard to talk about energy efficiency.

I have put even Mobile procesor in my asus p4p800 e-deluxe board some year or two ago, to minimize consumption, but it didn't help much (that adapter doesn't let voltage scaling of procesor that can now be done on newer processors).

I identify several bigger groups of power hungry details :
- processor by itself in idle mode - majority of "away" state, LMCE will be doing only video surveillance, maybe mythtv record and nothing else. In such state it would be wise to use as little as possible resources... I remember that some kind of voltage/frequency scaling daemons (cpufreqd?) were around to take advantage of newer processors features to cut down power usage to bare minimum for current resource needs. Anyone more familiar if those daemons still exist in some newer form and if they are active by default ?

- disks - we have large spinning disks in Cores. Currently also there is a problem of logs - they are mostly still outputting a lot of informations in them, so logging disk is in constant use. But in my core, I use separate disk with media that could be spinned down during non-media-needed intervals.

Anyone more familiar with spinning disks down etc... ?

- screen saver - we have quite CPU intensive screen saver, that doesn't do its job by definition (screen & power saver? ). Maybe it could be activated only during idle in one of "home" modes  and not when in "away" mode, cause at that time nobody is at home...

I have a energy consumption meter, but older HW, so cannot do usefull measurements, but would be more than happy if we can start new page on Wiki about this problem and post solutions, opinions and findings there ....

Thanks in advance for cooperation,

regards,

Bulek.

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Hi,

I'm also interested in same thing. LMCE should become main "all in one" house server. Maybe even Samba, Firewall, Dansguardian would be the first in line and then LMCE with all its features...

Please keep us posted about progresses...

Thanks in advance,

regards,

Bulek.

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Developers / Re: Working on PowerLinc USB, RCS TX15B Thermostat support
« on: September 18, 2007, 11:18:52 am »
Hi,

I also would like to contribute few things (to enhance Motion wrapper with new features, Audio only Xine player - to have multiple stereo outputs on Core, maybe even Zoneminder integration, Cybrotech home automation integration - have it running in Perl "proof of concept" driver, but would like to code it in c++)...

But I've read a lot about problems with compiling LMCe from source, etc...

I guess you have all overcome such problems and I'd kindly ask if you can post as much as possible about your work, so any other potential contributors can learn and developers community will grow...

Thanks in advance,

regards,

Bulek.

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Developers / Can I make rs232 device plug'n'play and how ?
« on: September 09, 2007, 10:02:11 am »
Hi,

plug'n'play from LMCE(Pluto) is implemented this way :
- device searches for dhcp
- from MAC address device is identified and then further configuration steps are performed (mostly written Perl scripts that do the job).

Basically I'd like to do the same with rs232 device. Rs232 interface per se probably cannot be made plug'n'play, but there is a chance to do it over USB to rs232 dongles, cause they are detected when connected.

Can rs232 device be made plug'n'play ? If yes, any examples ?

Regards,

Bulek.

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Users / Re: Interesting Core Hybrid Setup?
« on: September 09, 2007, 09:41:17 am »
Hi,

I think this would work. LMCE includes Mythtv, so majority of all docs apply also for mythtv under LMCE.....

Regards,

Bulek.

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