[SOLVED] Serial problem

  • @skywatch

    You have been warned! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hahahaha.....:)

    hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @jkandasa - I was about to mark this as solved, but this morning while I was asleep it did this to me....... MyC 1.4.0 snapshot installed......

    2018-09-03 04:37:57,662 ERROR [Thread-31] [org.mycontroller.standalone.gateway.serial.SerialDataListenerjSerialComm:178] Exception, RawMessage:[รฏยพย†51รฏยฟยฟ24;1;1;0;0;24.31]
    org.mycontroller.standalone.exceptions.MessageParserException: Invalid range for 'nodeId':MessageParserAbstract(gatewayId=1, nodeId=5124, childSensorId=1, messageType=1, ack=0, subType=0, payload=24.31, isTxMessage=false, timestamp=1535945877644)
    	at org.mycontroller.standalone.provider.mysensors.MessageParserAbstract.validate(MessageParserAbstract.java:157)
    	at org.mycontroller.standalone.provider.mysensors.MessageParserAbstract.update(MessageParserAbstract.java:123)
    	at org.mycontroller.standalone.provider.mysensors.MessageParserSerial.getMessage(MessageParserSerial.java:32)
    	at org.mycontroller.standalone.provider.mysensors.MessageParserSerial.getMessage(MessageParserSerial.java:28)
    	at org.mycontroller.standalone.gateway.serial.SerialDataListenerjSerialComm.serialEvent(SerialDriverJSerialComm.java:147)
    	at com.fazecast.jSerialComm.SerialPort$SerialPortEventListener.waitForSerialEvent(SerialPort.java:937)
    	at com.fazecast.jSerialComm.SerialPort$SerialPortEventListener$1.run(SerialPort.java:885)
    	at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:748)

    Why didn't I take up an easy hobby like fishing? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @skywatch looks like some corruption in received data from your serial port. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @jkandasa Today I noticed no data for 2 hours from any node.

    I disconnected the pro mini from the pi, waited 20 seconds and then reconnected. The GW reconnected fine with MyC and all node data returned again.

    So I guess we can be sure it is either the serial port on the pi locking up or the pro mini serial having an issue.

    At least it is proven where the issue is, now to look into it some more. I will get around to trying the 5V pro mini as a GW (with level shifter for serial) just to see if that is the problem. I will also ask the question on the MyS site as well to see if anyone has similar problems.....

  • @skywatch well, at least we find the issue where it is.
    If you have USBtoTTL you may use that one.
    I used cheap Chinese USBtoTTL all the time works well.
    I used this one from Aliexpress.

  • @jkandasa Thanks for the reply.

    I do wonder though that if the problem is with the GW serial port then it will be just as likely to fail connected to a serial to usb connection as well as when connected to a pi. Unless the pi is somehow upsetting the serial port on the pro mini in a way that the usb to ttl will not.

    I did ask on MySensors forum about using 3.3v pro mini as GW and the problems I experience, but no replies yet.

    I'll try and modify things for a 5V pro mini on serial in the next few days and if that doesn't solve the issues I will try the usb converter you suggested (I have one somewhere!)....


  • @skywatch I couldn't find a usb converter so I ordered a couple just in case.

    FWIW I also added a temperature controlled 20mm fan to aid the cooling of the pi. Even with the big heatsink posted earlier in this thread, you can see the difference when the fan is activated.


    I only used 4 components to make a fan controller that works with a python script to control the speed according to cpu temperature - so virtually noiseless in most circumstances.

    Oh, I may have some news about this issue tomorrow as well....... (Queue suspence music from 1950's horror/scifi movie)..... ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @jkandasa

    You will be happy to know that this issue is now SOLVED! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Since installing the latest SNAPSHOT 1.4.0, all the problems associated with this have gone away.

    Phew, what a little sod this problem has been, but we never gave up and all is well now.

    Big thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @skywatch Great! nice to hear this.
    You may disable gateway(after some days) raw message DEBUG to INFO, this log will keep growing.

  • @jkandasa After nearly 4 full days without issue I have returned the settings as suggested.

    Whilst I am very happy that it is back working again, I guess now we will never know what exactly caused the issue or if it is likely to happen again (to me or others).

    For V2.0 you might like to think about a page in the settings area with radio buttons to set the 'INFO' / 'DEBUG' etc parameters. Would be easier, especially for people who are new to linux.

  • NOOOOoooooooooooo..........

    Experiencing that the controller was not seemingly getting data reliably from some nodes, I tried to up the GW power from LOW to HIGH. I reflashed the GW last night and set it all back up.

    This morning I find the spikes and ghost nodes are all back, along with long periods where node data is not presented on the dashboard.

    I have now cleared the GW eeprom and reflashed again with LOW power, just to see what happens. I have rechecked all connections and will see how it goes.

    If the issues continue I will re-enable all those DEBUG's and let you know.

  • @jkandasa

    Now I have USB-serial converter plugged into the pi.

    I tested the GW by flashing debug on pro mini and connecting to laptop - all working well and data from sensors seen.

    I reflash the GW without debug and connect to the usb-serial and power on pi.

    When I access myc I can see the serial GW is up and running. I can see that it has nodes and sensors (maybe inherited from last serial gw?) - But, no data from anything but myagent.

    All RF nodes are down. No amount of discover or refresh will show anything. I even deleted a few, but no sign yet that they will re-register.

    I even tried swapping Tx/Rx on the usb to serial just in case they printed it wrong.
    It made no difference.

    Is there something I have forgotten to (or didn't know I had to) do?

  • @skywatch Is your gateway up and running in MyController? Can you show your gateway settings in MyController and Gateway Sketch?

  • @jkandasa Sure thing!

    GW code is.....

    // Enable and select radio type attached
    #define MY_RADIO_NRF24
    #define MY_RF24_CHANNEL (97)
    #define MY_RF24_PA_LEVEL RF24_PA_LOW
    #include <MySensors.h>
    void setup()
    	// Setup locally attached sensors
    void presentation()
    	// Present locally attached sensors
    void loop()
    	// Send locally attached sensor data here

    And GW settings in myc are.....


    Results in

  • @skywatch All looks good. What about Node 0(gateway node) status?
    Also, run ls -lh /dev/ttyUSB* in your RPI.

    Irevelent to this issue: You may disable Stream ack enabled, this will speed up your OTA update.

  • @jkandasa I don't see a node 0 in the nodes page - it is just how you see it above.


    pi@HAMASS:~ $ ls -lh /dev/ttyUSB*
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 188, 0 Oct 25 08:25 /dev/ttyUSB0

    I didn't know what 'Stream ack enabled' was, so I tried enabling it just in case it would help. I have not got as far as ota updates yet.I need a stable system first and then the outdoor nodes will need ota for sure as I remember years ago walking through the snow with a laptop to re-program a node that controlled the heating in the greenhouse (this was with the nrf library and not mysensors).

    So then, we seem to need to find out where node 0 went to next? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I did manually add a node 0 and it appears in the listing of nodes, but it always shows as 'down'.

  • @skywatch can you check your gateway node output with minicom?

    sudo apt-get install minicom
    minicom -b 115200 -o -D /dev/ttyUSB0
    #You can exit Minicom with Control-A x

    Disable your gateway in MyController and perform this test.

  • @jkandasa I get this...

    I just tested the GW HW again, it all works when connected to pc via programmer board and mydebug enabled. I reflash with mydebug commented out (only change) and attach it to the serial-usb device and no data seen.

    I ordered 2 usb-serial modules, just in case, but I get no data from either of them it seems.

    I am thinking of a full reinstall now (in a few days), what do you think?

    And now I notice this....

    Good news is that I now have data from some nodes, will see how it goes.
    Bad news is that 3 times in 4 minutes a ghost node (61) has somehow 'registered' itself.

    I still don't have a node 0 though ?

  • @skywatch can you set up with MyController and check? also, check the mycontroller.log

  • @jkandasa I realise now that node 61 is a real node afterall - Sorry, my fault on that. It was registering but without any sensors. I rebooted the node and all is well with that one now! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Situation is that all nodes except one have now rejoined the myc environment. I still do not see a node0 though. Not sure where it went, but nodes are mostly back working again now.

    MYC log shows a lot of errors regarding google analytics, and a list of failed acks at one point only. Here's the google analytics message (appears a lot)....

    2018-10-25 12:01:25,398 ERROR [mc-th-pool-8] [org.mycontroller.standalone.api.GoogleAnalyticsApi:375] Exception,
    java.lang.RuntimeException: Failed to execute, url:https://www.google-analytics.com/collect, error:Failed to execute, Request:POST https://www.google-analytics.com/collect HTTP/1.1, error:www.google-analytics.com: Name or service not known
    	at org.mycontroller.restclient.core.RestHttpClient.doPost(RestHttpClient.java:255)
    	at org.mycontroller.restclient.core.RestHttpClient.doPost(RestHttpClient.java:271)
    	at org.mycontroller.restclient.core.RestHttpClient.doPost(RestHttpClient.java:283)
    	at org.mycontroller.standalone.api.GoogleAnalyticsApi.access$100(GoogleAnalyticsApi.java:59)
    	at org.mycontroller.standalone.api.GoogleAnalyticsApi$1.run(GoogleAnalyticsApi.java:373)
    	at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:1149)
    	at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.run(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:624)
    	at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:748)

    I did disable google analytics as you showed previously.

    Additionally, I can't get any IR commands to work.....myclog show the following...

    2018-10-25 12:29:50,359 ERROR [Acme.Utils.ThreadPool(5)-PooledThread: Acme.Serve.Serve$ServeConnection@7be9f1] [org.mycontroller.standalone.api.jaxrs.exception.mappers.ApplicationExceptionMapper:42] ApplicationException,
    org.jboss.resteasy.spi.ApplicationException: java.lang.NullPointerException
    	at org.jboss.resteasy.core.MethodInjectorImpl.invoke(MethodInjectorImpl.java:152)
    	at org.jboss.resteasy.core.ResourceMethodInvoker.invokeOnTarget(ResourceMethodInvoker.java:295)
    	at org.jboss.resteasy.core.ResourceMethodInvoker.invoke(ResourceMethodInvoker.java:249)
    	at org.jboss.resteasy.core.ResourceMethodInvoker.invoke(ResourceMethodInvoker.java:236)
    	at org.jboss.resteasy.core.SynchronousDispatcher.invoke(SynchronousDispatcher.java:395)
    	at org.jboss.resteasy.core.SynchronousDispatcher.invoke(SynchronousDispatcher.java:202)
    	at org.jboss.resteasy.plugins.server.servlet.ServletContainerDispatcher.service(ServletContainerDispatcher.java:221)
    	at org.jboss.resteasy.plugins.server.servlet.HttpServletDispatcher.service(HttpServletDispatcher.java:56)
    	at org.jboss.resteasy.plugins.server.tjws.TJWSServletDispatcher.service(TJWSServletDispatcher.java:40)
    	at org.jboss.resteasy.plugins.server.servlet.HttpServletDispatcher.service(HttpServletDispatcher.java:51)
    	at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:820)
    	at Acme.Serve.Serve$ServeConnection.runServlet(Serve.java:2328)
    	at Acme.Serve.Serve$ServeConnection.parseRequest(Serve.java:2282)
    	at Acme.Serve.Serve$ServeConnection.run(Serve.java:2054)
    	at Acme.Utils$ThreadPool$PooledThread.run(Utils.java:1402)
    	at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:748)
    Caused by: java.lang.NullPointerException: null
    	at org.mycontroller.standalone.api.jaxrs.SensorHandler.sendPayload(SensorHandler.java:187)
    	at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
    	at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:62)
    	at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:43)
    	at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:498)
    	at org.jboss.resteasy.core.MethodInjectorImpl.invoke(MethodInjectorImpl.java:139)
    	... 15 common frames omitted

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