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Users / Re: Why is my device disabled?
« on: June 07, 2010, 03:06:13 pm »
This has always caused me bother - on 3 motherboards, with multiple RS232 devices (denon amp, zwave stick, onkyo, CM11A). I have tried to describe the issue in this ticket:

Please add if you have any more info.



Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Unified log files
« on: June 06, 2010, 01:38:05 pm »
Splunk is not opensource. Any other ideas?

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: XBMC as core of media playback?
« on: June 06, 2010, 01:32:58 pm »
Here is the remote control API for XBMC:

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Unified log files
« on: June 04, 2010, 04:38:31 pm »
Cool. this sounds good! I'll investigate!

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Exiting recoreded videos
« on: June 04, 2010, 10:54:41 am »
Also when you leave that play/delete video screen and go back to the videos list it should be on the same page you left it. Has this been mentioned before?

Feature requests & roadmap / Unified log files
« on: June 04, 2010, 10:52:49 am »
I have to tail loads of logs to debug my system. I've never seen a linux app package with so many separate log files. This is actually quite prohibitive.

How about Core.log and Devices.log and get rid of all those spawn device and device logs? The Devices.log could have a column for device id so with grep I can still filter things out. Or... maybe just one log!

Any thoughts?


Users / Re: WAF wins out.
« on: June 04, 2010, 10:46:38 am »
This is a tricky one. I am a hardcore geek and live by myself, but have now phased LMCE out of everything except lighting control. In that area I find it hard to replace linuxmce as the next best thing is Misterhouse which is quite primitive.

I think the problem is that LMCE tries to bite off too much and there is really too much work to do on the project for the limited number of devs. It will perhaps never catch up with the Ubuntu release cycle and who knows if it will make it onto other distros. It will be hard to get myth developers to come over to LMCE. Wouldn't it be better if LMCE was a set of plugins for mythtv? We use the mythtv interface, keep everything simple, and get all those mythtv devs excited in our project. Keep the DCErouter, but user mythtv as the front end - always running. Or, different approach - use XBMC and make mythtv a set of plugins on that. It was good enough for Boxee....

How about having a backup made by default called "Factory Defaults", which users could then restore from the web interface?

Thanks for the responses totallymaxed, however my point wasn't really that it should be more stable - yes this will come - my statement was that it should be more resilient to failure. When something dies the system should let me know via the orbiter and/or web interface.

My pet niggles for example:

1. When the core dies media playback stops
2. Serial ports occasionally seem to disconnect, at which point the device becomes disabled
3. Some devices do not get started and nothing is logged (I was talking about Onkyo RS232 driver and URS_UIRT so these already have logging)
4. When I turn lights on/off they are updated on the floorplan but often commands are not sent by Zwave or X10

It might be that addressing these kind of things saves a lot of time on support. Most people on the forums seem to be asking for help with troubleshooting, and I see that this is taking lots of developer's time.



Users / Solution for front door peephole security camera
« on: June 03, 2010, 01:42:47 pm »

I wish to have a camera in my front door which looks through a small peephole at whoever is ringing my doorbell. The cameras I can find on ebay are composite video out.

Did anyone get a good solution working here? Preferably to USB (have no free PCI slots).



Users / Re: Strange zwave device failure
« on: April 24, 2010, 08:55:54 pm »
The USB-UIRT problem seems different. In that case (and with my GSD devices) LMCE has never even tried to start the devices, as no logs are created in /var/log/pluto.

This zwave issue only happened once... so I'll forget about it I guess.

Users / Re: USB-UIRT device not started
« on: April 24, 2010, 08:54:01 pm »
Yeah. The issue is not just confined to the USB-UIRT. My LMCe install is not automatically starting Generic Serial Devices either. I really wish I knew how to debug this. I can't even find the right log file. Is it the App Server which starts other devices like these?

Just saw that the source code for Vera has been released, that it is based on pluto, and that they are supporting and promoting heavily a UPnP based plugin system called Luup (offering upto $100k to developers contributing). Maybe this work could one day come back into LMCE and then LMCE could benefit from Luup plugin development?

Users / Re: Strange zwave device failure
« on: April 23, 2010, 06:45:00 pm »
Yeah. Seems a bit odd, as the router was running. Only thing that solved it was a complete system reboot. I'm not having much luck with 810, and that's with a stripped down system with no MDs and no media playback (so just using it as a lighting controller and universal remote)

Users / Re: USB-UIRT device not started
« on: April 23, 2010, 02:59:04 am »
That didn't work, so I reinstalled. Everything started working but now it has failed again! :-(

Looks like reinstalling again. I really wish there for some way of debugging this. The device is not disabled in the web admin, but it is never started. No log in /var/log/pluto/<device_id>_blahblah is every created so I can't look there!

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