Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'Would an IndiServer Startup Script Work?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

That's fine for one PI, but not two, running distributed. You have to start the servers manually from the terminal, which is what I'm trying to speed up / automate.

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'Ioptron mount connection support needed' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I connect to my iEQ45 Pro throught the RS232 serial port, not through the hand controller. Of all the problems I've had to work through with SM, that's one I never ran into, SM has always connected to my mount right away, been very stable, and controls the mount perfectly from Kstars planetarium or from Ekos. It could also be the serial to USB interface cable - some/many are not compatible with mounts or astronomy software.

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'RasPi/Stellarmate->ethernet->win10 laptop, no connection' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Did you remember to START by using the Stellarmate APP on your phone or tablet? SM needs that FIRST in order to configure networking.

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Tom Bardenwerper created a new topic ' Would an IndiServer Startup Script Work?' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I am using two RPIs in distributed networking to split the computing load for my imaging and guiding. I have it working well. However, after my PIs have booted, I need to log into each PI, launch a terminal, and key-in the commands into each PI to start Indi Server and also network from the primary to the secondary PI. Would a start-up script work so I don't have to waste valuable time each time I set-up my rig? OR, is there a way I can write a script and have it sitting on the desktop (as an icon) so I can simply double click on it to run it? ...FYI: I'm pretty much a Linux noob, but have an IT background, so if I'm pointed in the right direction, I can usually make it happen.

Here's the set-up:

Two RPIs, the Primary is called guide, the secondary is called camera, each has a dedicated IP address on an isolated/dedicated network just for my AP rig. The PIs names have been added to the hosts file on each PI and my laptop that runs Kstarts/Ekos.

Step one is to start the camera server on the secondary PI, here is the command I use:
indiserver -v indi_gphoto_ccd

Step two is to start the guide server and connect to the camera server on the Primary PI, here is the command I use:
indiserver "GPhoto CCD"@camera:7624 indi_ieq_telescope indi_qhy_ccd

It is those two commands that would comprise the scripts: one on each PI. Would this work and if so, what's the best way to do it? The ideal solution would be for a seamless boot-up, where I never even have to log into either of the PIs, but again, I'm not sure that's possible...???

Thanks!

Tom

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You're welcome, glad it was helpful. It took me a bit at first to wrap my head around what Indi/Kstars/Ekos was and how they relate to each other and I figured others are probably wondering the same thing I was too.

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'Can You Use Two Stellarmates Together in Hotspot Mode?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I ended up buying and configuring a router with static IP addresses for the PIs, so this way I have a dedicate network just for astronomy, it's never on the Internet and it doesn't get slowed down by other network traffic. Seems to work well in my bench tests. Waiting for clear skies for a real-world test.

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'broken pipe?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Ron Kramer wrote: Jasem fixed my repository list that I messed up. All good now.


Jasem is THE Man!! :)

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'broken pipe?' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Ran the desktop updater after fixing the error and it updated perfectly without issue. I must have run the updater from Ubuntu drop-down menu and not the Stellarmate desktop. Lesson learned.

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'new mode to handle captured images' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I'll second this request. I've had to turn off image previews (both FITS and DSLR) in order to shoot sequences rapidly. If I keep preview on, it can take a couple minutes between and before the next sequence frame is shot, due to the preview downloading. IMO, this essentially rendered the entire system useless until I figured out how to turn off preview, but now I'm shooting blind - which I can live with, but is far from ideal. OR, are we missing the solution that's already in the software?

Thanks!

Tom

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Tom Bardenwerper replied to the topic 'broken pipe?' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Jasem,

Thank you! The: sudo apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" -f install command fixed the error message problem.
Quick question: I'm running Stellarmate OS on two RPIs chained together for a distributed network. Everything is identical except that on one, the updater worked flawlessly and on the other I got the error, which seems very odd to me since they are identical RPIs and installations...??? (Except now one is updated and the other isn't.) So my question is: When do you recommend running an update and is it always best to use the "Software Updater" you have on the desktop?

Thanks again, and THANK YOU for all your hard work. After a couple months of learning, trial and error, building and configuring a new rig, I'm just about to deploy my Stellarmates. Can't wait! What you've built is nothing short of remarkable!

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