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fseider



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PostLink    Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:35 pm    Post subject: RaspberryPints Reply with quote


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I have been experimenting with RaspberryPints over the last few days. (RaspberryPi was a Christmas present.) For anyone who has been trying to get RaspberryPints to work over the last few years, you know how much a challenge it can be to get it to work, if at all. This is mainly due to the newer versions of the Raspian OS software, the Apache web server, MySQl, PHP, and a few other items that no longer function together from the RaspberryPints perspective. This all really 'broke' significantly as of Aug 2017 with deprecated libraries. (Don't be too concerned with these details if you have no clue what I am referring to.) And the original RaspberryPints site has (apparently) essentially abandoned the project years ago, leaving it up to hackers.

I have been successful in getting RaspberryPints to work using the latest RaspberryPi (RPi3 B) and Raspian OS (Oct 2017 release). Note that this is the non flow meter version - I'll tackle getting the flow meters to work at a later date hopefully.

If anyone is interested, I'll be glad to share an image of the SD Card as I have not tackled getting the original installer to work. (To be honest, I'm not even sure if I care about the installer now as I have RPints working just fine at the moment.)

My image is from a 16 GB SD Card. In theory, you should be able to download the image, (a 3.8 GB Zip file,) copy onto a 16 GB SD Card, plug the card into your RaspberryPi (RPi3 B), and be up and running. (I have already tested and done this on my own RaspberryPi.)

Before I publish access to the image file, I'd like to have 2 or 3 people first test to make sure that it really does work fine outside of my own sandbox. Please message me if you're seriously interested in giving this a whirl.

(A final note - unfortunately I am not in a position to be able to help much with SD Cards, unzipping, and the usual PC activities. I am making a presumption that you are a bit versed in PCs. That being said, you may still ask me of course, and if I know the answer, or where to direct you, I'll be glad to try to assist.)

Thanks,
Fred

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kal
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Location: Ottawa, Canada

Drinking: American Lager, Electric Hop Candy Jr, Scottish 70/-, Janet's Brown, Russian Imperial Stout, Black Butte Porter, Saison, Kölsch

Working on: Kölsch, Janet's Brown Ale


PostLink    Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:41 pm    Post subject: Re: RaspberryPints Reply with quote

Nice of you to offer to help out!

fseider wrote:
For anyone who has been trying to get RaspberryPints to work over the last few years, you know how much a challenge it can be to get it to work, if at all. This is mainly due to the newer versions of the Raspian OS software, the Apache web server, MySQl, PHP, and a few other items that no longer function together from the RaspberryPints perspective. This all really 'broke' significantly as of Aug 2017 with deprecated libraries.

Yep. I understand exactly what you mean. These are the exact reasons I didn't go with a PC/embedded controller type solution for my brewing setup (different from your serving display/setup using RaspberryPints of course, but similar issues).

I've dealt with incompatibilities/deprecation for 20+ years and didn't want to have to rebuilt or hack my control panel to get it to work every few years.

(Kinda off topic, but my 2 cents). Wink

Cheers!

Kal

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fseider



Joined: 10 May 2013
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Location: Two Naked Frogs Brewery; Reading, PA (USA); Interests: Beer, Frogs, Steampunk, Being Naked


PostLink    Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:02 pm    Post subject: Re: RaspberryPints Reply with quote

kal wrote:


I've dealt with incompatibilities/deprecation for 20+ years and didn't want to have to rebuilt or hack my control panel to get it to work every few years.

Kal


Yep, a very true statement. But what I do like about something that is software driven is that you can go in and make tweaks essentially for 'free' - headaches not withstanding! Every approach has it's place.

Fred

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kal
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Drinking: American Lager, Electric Hop Candy Jr, Scottish 70/-, Janet's Brown, Russian Imperial Stout, Black Butte Porter, Saison, Kölsch

Working on: Kölsch, Janet's Brown Ale


PostLink    Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup! Agreed!

Kal

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Drinking: Toy Soldier Stout, Amber Ale

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PostLink    Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super surprised the last commit was 4 years ago. Time to fork, and a great Q1 project.
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