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Developers / Re: Transmission torrent on LinuxMCE
« on: February 02, 2015, 06:05:59 pm »
Thanks again for all your effort.

Developers / Re: Transmission torrent on LinuxMCE
« on: February 02, 2015, 04:21:39 pm »
I updated yesterday and the downloaded package had the typo in it. Relates to your Trac ticket 2292. This did break what was working before.


Developers / Re: Transmission torrent on LinuxMCE
« on: February 01, 2015, 05:21:56 pm »
Install fails on 1204.

Setting up lmce-transmission-client ( ...
ERROR 1133 (42000) at line 1: Can't find any matching row in the user table
dpkg: error processing lmce-transmission-client (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

There is a typo in postinst line 38
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apachesettings="/etc/apache2/sites-available/LinuxMCE-ssl"Should be;
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Rebuild deb with change and runs fine.

Thanks for your work Jason. I did not do anything with your trac ticket


Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: November 25, 2014, 02:43:08 pm »
Hi Andy

I do have devices/code for the core/pc. They are written in Ruby. I do have one written in C++ but kept having problems with the device becoming disabled after a Quick Reload and switched back to Ruby. I know it's something I'm doing but just lost patience with myself. Everything is still pretty much event driven still with the hardware having a parent GSD device on any PC (including the RPI) handling the serial communication, then children under it like a door sensor or an on/off switch. This is pretty basic. I would like to put together an irrigation controller that would be a bit smarter. I was waiting to see what happens with the weather plugin and see if I can use that to effect zone times based on recent climate data. I am also adding functionality to handle analog inputs like temperature sensors.

The audio switch is a bit more complex but still basically event driven. The parent device handles serial communication with the hardware and then I adapted the audio zone template #1867 as child devices. The event would be something like "listening to music in bedroom - turn on audio switch bedroom input to bedroom output". I create some custom scenarios where I can set up a group of output zones to be connected to a single input. The last being the reason for building it.

For the RPI I use it in remote locations. At the end of my driveway (which is 600' long) I have one of my switches connected to it. The hardware is connected to roadway and photo eye sensors. I have a directional wifi bridge set up that also sends an IP camera's RTSP stream. (I wrote an adapter so LMCE could handle the RTSP stream). I have the same setup at the garden/green house.

Funny you mentioned the RPI A+ I saw that and I received a touch screen for the RPI ($25US) and plan on using it with the A+. It looks real interesting but I think it will need a custom J-box plate. Not the end of the world and it would be a lot more powerful than the micro controller type I was thinking of and I think a bit easier to get to the end product. I will keep you informed on the progress with that.

Take care


Developers / Re: Market Research
« on: November 24, 2014, 07:28:03 pm »
I am working on a HVAC zone controller now. I shelved it about a year ago but have been meaning to pick it back up again. I have one working based on X-10 thermostats but wanted a single device to sample temperature as well as control the dampers. The motorized dampers I am using have been running for years without an issue. There will also be a moisture sensor as well. The device will be quite cheap to make. My biggest issue is controlling the device from each zone location. I got sidetracked by that. I wanted a simple and cheap touch pad that would fit into a j-box.

Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: November 24, 2014, 05:03:55 pm »
I'd be interested to hear more about what your doing with your MSP430G2553 based micro controller both in the garden setting and at the end of your drive. Both sound very interesting indeed.

All the best


Hi Andy

Sorry just saw this. I have 2 devices so far. The 1st one is a switch and input device. The switch drives some 12 volt relays that can switch up to 120v ac but with a small amp rating at 120v ac. Great for irrigation or a gate etc. It could be coupled with a contactor for more current if needed. The inputs are digital (for now) that can be connected to say a rain sensor or a photo eye. I have some vehicle loop sensor connected. I am working on analog devices now like temp and moisture. Pretty straight forward.
The 2nd device is an audio switch that uses digital switches. The one I have take 16 inputs and can switch it to one or all of 12 outputs.
If you can make your own PCBs (which is pretty easy) the costs are very cheap for the switch. The audio switch can get pricey with each of the digital switches around $2.50US each. You need 1 for each output zone per channel with 8 inputs max. So 4 chips for each output zone for my setup with 16 inputs. This could start small and chips added as needed to keep the cost down.

I do have some extra PCBs if you are interested. I had some made in China.

I just started to work on a touch screen controller for lmce. Not an orbiter but basically a switch that would be tied to events. trying to get it to fit in a j box with a standard decora plate.

Sorry for the late reponse


Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: September 30, 2014, 02:36:38 am »
Thanks for the info on stopping the media. You are correct I don'the use the orbiter. The GSD device starts up fine. The only issue was I needed to install a new temp child device to get the RPI to download the needed software to run the devices previously created prior to the update. Then I deleted the temp device. Not a big issue.

I have a couple of relay controllers that I made that control irrigation out at the gardens and green house. They are built around MSP430G2553 micro controller. I have built a new version that has inputs that I am using out at the end of my driveway, which is 700' long, to monitor vehicle and pedestrian sensors. I wanted the ability to reset the power to the USB port if the device goes stupid, mostly due to a switch debounce problem. Having the serial port nicely mapped to the usb port is perfect to make a shell script that lmce can call if all else fails. I am now building an audio switcher. This will have 12 outputs that can choose up to 16 inputs. This way I can use any of my inputs to play throughout the whole house. This is almost done. I will need to work on the device template after the build is complete.

All these devices are cheap. If you or anyone is interested I can post the schematics and/or the pc board layouts. I do have some extra boards as well.


Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:18:39 pm »
Creating the link works perfect! The updated serial works great as well.

The GSD devices I use are small homemade stuff. The RPI is perfect to use in remote locations. So far I use one RPI with one device and they hum along fine.

Thanks again for your efforts!

Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: September 26, 2014, 03:01:06 pm »

Ok I will do that this morning and let you know. Thanks again!

Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:29:42 pm »
Hi J

There seems to be a problem. I downloaded the latest SDcard and deb file. Installed the deb and sdcard contents, ran, rebuilt the image for the MD through the web admin, plugged in the RPI and when it gets to "" it reboots immediately... then it gets to "" and reboots and just repeats this. I tried this with a new RPI and I get the same results. One thing I noticed was the kernel link is bad in the tarball and that has changed. I copied the old over and am now looking to see what happens with that. I am still poking around to see what went wrong but thought I'd let you know and to see if you had any thoughts. Thanks again for all your effort here.


Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:00:38 pm »
Hi Jason

I just noticed you made that change to LinuxSerialUSB.cpp 3 weeks ago and my installation is older than that. I will upgrade and I'm sure that it will work. Thanks for your time and effort!


Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:09:14 pm »
Hi Jason

Thanks for getting back to me!

It is built. The problem I'm having is with PlutoUtils/LinuxSerialUSB. I keep coming up with
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TranslateSerialUSB platform/bcm2708_usb+1.2 isn't serial usb <0xb44ff460>
That would mean that
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if( sInput.size()<6 || ( sInput.substr(0,3)!="pci" && sInput.substr(0,8) != "platform" ) )
LoggerWrapper::GetInstance()->Write(LV_STATUS,"TranslateSerialUSB %s isn't serial usb",sInput.c_str());
return sInput;

Is not working as it should and it looks like it should so maybe it is old? I tried to setup a build environment again but lost your instructions and forgot how. I think I might be able to build it on the Pi but that could be slow. Do you have those instructions?



Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: June 13, 2014, 09:46:45 pm »
Sorry I acted to soon. It loaded and works fine. Serial ports aren't being listed correctly. Shows as platform/bcm2708_usb+1.3 but that gives me;
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Failed Opening serial port: platform/bcm2708_usb+1.3.If I change it in the database to /dev/ttyUSB0 works fine. I know I looked at this a while back and I believe Radu fixed it. I may dig into it more.

Thanks again!

Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Media Director
« on: June 13, 2014, 09:43:04 pm »
hello friends,

 I have just set up the raspberry pi md, no problem. however the omx_player is dying in any video,

Has anyone had success playing video.

if i use omxplayer  in command line the video play correct. 


Hi Carlos

I ran video for a short while and it worked ok. I can check again when I have a chance.

Take care


Developers / Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: June 11, 2014, 02:29:34 am »
Hello, has Generic Serial Device been built for the Raspberry MD? Doesn't seem to be loading it when I add a device. By the way great job on this!!! Starts up and runs fine. Video and sound. Thanks to everyone with that effort!

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