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Users / Is sysklogd needed?
« on: January 09, 2012, 03:27:46 pm »

I noticed that today, sysklogd is used for the syslogging.
Is this a requirement? Or can I change this with fe rsyslog or syslog-ng?

Reason for me asking this that i would like to add a more 'GUI' based syslogging.
And also use the server for other purposes like collecting the syslogs of other machines in my network...

Installation issues / Outside Access; No access with high ports?
« on: December 29, 2011, 10:40:56 am »
I've played around to get the remote access working.  My ISP blocks all ports below 1024. So i needed to use a port higher then that.
I thought of using an easy port, namely 12345. But this didn't work.  ???
I check with my ISP (Belgium cableprovider telenet), but of course they couldn't help me. You know those ISP, they're GOD.  :-X
After a lot of testing and changing, i found out that when i use fe port 2222, it works. But with 12345 it doesn't?!

So if others have problems, try this (or another) port?

Any idea how this come?
If it's a restriction in the server, maybe best to let us choose between some? A drop-down menu or so? Would be a bit more userfriendly, no?

For example
Allow outside access to the website on port80

Users / Backup your server
« on: December 26, 2011, 11:42:18 am »

Of course, it's always nice to have a complete image of your server in case of failure. But in the field, this is a bit hard. Shutdown the server, start your image manually, restart server. Downtime server: x-hours...

There's a backup option in the webmin, but i recall that this wasn't working for 100%.
For the moment, i created a folder and small script that copies automatically every night all files i ever changed. For example the dchp-extra file, eibd files...

It would be nice that all configuration (db?) would be copied each night to a remote storage, no?
Than when a crash occurs, you can reinstall and restore an up to date config...

Any thoughts about the best way to backup your configuration daily?

Users / All user data on disk B
« on: December 24, 2011, 05:45:31 pm »

I've arranged my system so that i've got a disk of 320GB for my OS (linuxmce), and a disk of 1TB for all data.
What's the best way so all data is arriving on disk B?

Reason for this is to split my data from my system. Like this, i can take a complete images (without any user data) of disk A.
And later on, i would like to add a third disk of 1TB so i can mirror disk B.

Suggestions, tips, help is more then welcome!!!

Installation issues / Boot problems
« on: December 05, 2011, 08:37:22 am »

My Server was running perfectly for several months.

Yesterday, i had a free day to dig in deeper into the server. I did a lot of work:
  • Installing/configuring cacti (/usr/share/cacti/...), split for linuxmce?
  • Copying a bunch of movies (400 GB) to the public folder (home/public/data/videos/xxx)
  • Playing around with the screensaver

Everything was fine, till late in the evening. Suddenly my workstations couldn't connect any more. When i checked the server, he 'frooze'. Only a hard reboot was possible. After the reboot, linuxmce doens't come up properly. Just a black screen with the mouse flash.
I can switch to console (CTRL-ALT-F2) and log in. Luckly...
The problem is like the video issue before, so i rerun AVwizard_run and choose the settings that worked for 100%. But no luck.  :'(
My workstations are getting an IP, but nothing else works (proxy, webserver...). When i scan the server, only port 2000 is listing?

Where is the best place now to look?

Feature requests & roadmap / Complete automated backup system
« on: October 04, 2011, 12:59:37 pm »

I'm trying to get a kind of backup solution up and running.
Personally i use a lot 'rdiff-backup' to backup things under linux. I put this in different crontabs to backup different folders (home, config, data...).

Now i'm wondering what is backupped with the webinterface in linuxmce.
And how i could do this automaticlly. This way, i can take this into account with my global backups...

Users / [Solved] Input switches
« on: October 02, 2011, 05:13:49 pm »

My installation is working with all EIB interface. All my lighting interfaces and power outlets are in linuxmce. And with an orbiter, i can nicely light up or shutdown the lights.
Now i'm wondering how (where) i should add a light switch (input relay). Is this the same as a light bulb (output relay)?

What's the best approach for this?

Installation issues / Webadmin very slow after interface device
« on: September 17, 2011, 07:44:24 am »

I've installed the latest version of 8.10-final. And with this, a completely new setup of my devices.

I just added a EIB interface (template 49). And once this is in, the webpage is very slow (refresh +/- 1min).
This only happens when i add the EIB interface and click on interface. Once i remove the EIB interface, it runs like hell.

I suppose it has something to do with the serial/IP setting?
Because my device is a IP based device. So i don't have a serial port, and i'm thinking that he needs a timeout for the serial port?
In the settings, i already removed the portsetting, and added as ip
But this stays the same.

From a terminal, i can control the lights. So eib is running correctly.
And i've download and copy it to /usr/pluto/bin (and did the reboot).

Any idea?

Users / 2 home automation gateways
« on: September 05, 2011, 11:35:52 am »

For the moment, i've got an EIB IP Router that interconnects linuxmce with my home automation (EIB).
This works great with the EIBD solution.

Now i need a second gateway for another building.
Is it smart to buy the same IP Router, or is it better to use another technology? Fe an USB gateway instead of IP?
With other words, can i use 2 eibd drivers, or will this conflict somewhere?

Feature requests & roadmap / Demo server
« on: September 05, 2011, 08:11:37 am »

With the discussion of new features (fe monitoring), i was wondering how we could be able to show something.
You can start uploading printscreens and so, but i believe this isn't the way.

Is their a way to give somebody access with only read privilege?
This way, others can have a look without touching your server.

Or is it an option to install an online demo server?

Or are there other ways?

Installation issues / [Solved] Several lights in 1 room
« on: August 31, 2011, 01:38:46 pm »

I noticed that when you put 2 or more lights in 1 room, you control them all at once with an orbiter.

Is there a way to split them?
So that you'll have several buttons on your top row with the different light switches?

Users / Orbiter skins
« on: August 30, 2011, 07:29:25 pm »

I've tried all (web)orbiters skin for my Android.
Is it possible that not all skins change anything. Or at least not at first sight? Or has it something to do with the weborbiter?
I've choosed another skin, did a full regen of that orbiter and a reload. Afterwards i've opened it with http://corius/lmce-admin/weborbiter.php to take an easy printscreen.

Hereby a printscreen of all different skins.
Maybe this is interesting to put on a wiki page as well? This way people have an overview of the different skins.








ps if this is right, maybe the other skins should be cleaned, or renamed? To avoid confusion...

Feature requests & roadmap / Monitoring
« on: August 29, 2011, 08:19:46 am »
Maybe a new feature in linuxmce is a monitoring tool?

I don't know how (if?) you guys check today the bandwidth, disk space, services...?
Personally i use cacti a lot, i'm a network engineer, therefor i use it very much. It's easy to install (through apt-get install cacti), easy to maintain (webinterface / snmp based), nice to see (cool graphs, up/down status).

This way, we could easily manage/troubleshoot/alert some extra stuff:
  • Usuage: network bandwidth, internet load, memory use, disk space...
  • Status: orbiter ports listening, mysql running, domotica link there, phones up...
  • Log: very nice syslog server in there...
  • Alerting: send mails/sms when something happens, run scripts...
  • ...

And of course, when you've got other devices in your network that are snmp capable (aren't they all these days?), you can add them as well.
I'm thinking about a switch, a modem/router, normal pc's, ip phones, home automation links, power meters, water meters...

One of these days, i'll install cacti on my linuxmce server (I first need to take of backup of it  ::) ).
And after a couple of day, i'll see to extract some graphs as an example.

Feature requests & roadmap / New Home Automation groups
« on: August 26, 2011, 12:13:27 pm »

Today, almost all outputs relays (lights, power sockets...) must be in 'lights'.
Not so very clear if you're really interested in the home automation part.   ???
Posde suggested me to do some suggestion (topic power outlet) about possible groups. So with this topic, i want to start the subject if more groups are needed, and what the best groups would be.

These are different blocks I’m thinking about. These are in my eyes different things to make your home intelligent. Most are of course just in/output relays. But I personally think it would be clearer for everyone that you can arrange your devices (relays) in these groups.

Of course, I’ll be missing some things. So feel free to add/regroup/rename/… some of them.
Once the groups are defined, I’ll see if I can put some icons behind it.

  • Inputs
    Push button, on/off switch, sensor static (shock, motion, water, fire…), sensor dynamic (light, waterlevel, temperature…)

  • Lighting
    Chandeliers, ceiling fixtures, outdoor lights, wall sconces, floor lights, table lamps

  • HVAC
    Heating, ventilation, air conditioning

  • Power outlet
    Stand-alone, groups

  • Entry points
    Door, window, gate, garage door

  • Window covering
    Blind, solar shades, drapery

  • Varia
    Water tap, Gas valve

Thanks for your feedback!

Installation issues / [Solved] Generic Proxy Orbiter
« on: August 24, 2011, 07:40:59 pm »

I'm trying to get my android phone to be connected with linuxMCE.
I follow the procedure as seen on

I'm blocked on point 7.
Click the button 'Pick Device Template'. The Add Child Device Window will close, and the Generic Web Device will be added to the Core, as the updated Device Tree will show.
When i do a full regen of the specific orbiter, i got the space for the status. But no status. It seems to stop without doing anything.
A full regen of the default orbiter (fe OnScreen orbiter) is working correctly.

A bit strange to me, point 1-8 went very fast.
A new Generic Proxy Orbiter will also be created automatically. Watch the Orbiter generation process on the Orbiters page: Wizard-->Devices-->Orbiters.
When i look there, nothing special to see, a standard roaming orbiters is created.

When i check the server, nothing is listening on port 3461.
So i'm a bit stuck now...

Thanks for any hints, tips or tricks...

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