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owserver - Backend server (daemon) for 1-wire control
[ -c config ] -d serialport | -u | -s [host:]port -p tcp-port
1-wire is a wiring protocol and series of devices designed
and manufactured by Dallas Semiconductor, Inc. The bus is a low-power low-speed
low-connector scheme where the data line can also provide power.
is uniquely and unalterably numbered during manufacture. There are a wide
variety of devices, including memory, sensors (humidity, temperature, voltage,
contact, current), switches, timers and data loggers. More complex devices
(like thermocouple sensors) can be built with these basic devices. There
are also 1-wire devices that have encryption included.
The 1-wire scheme uses
a single bus master and multiple slaves on the same wire. The bus master
initiates all communication. The slaves can be individually discovered
and addressed using their unique ID.
Bus masters come in a variety of configurations
including serial, parallel, i2c, network or USB adapters.
is a suite of programs that designed to make the 1-wire bus and its devices
easily accessible. The underlying priciple is to create a virtual filesystem,
with the unique ID being the directory, and the individual properties of
the device are represented as simple files that can be read and written.
Details of the individual slave or master design are hidden behind a consistent
interface. The goal is to provide an easy set of tools for a software designer
to create monitoring or control applications. There are some performance
enhancements in the implementation, including data caching, parallel access
to bus masters, and aggregation of device communication. Still the fundemental
goal has been ease of use, flexibility and correctness rather than speed.
is the backend component of the OWFS 1-wire bus control
system. owserver (1)
arbitrates access to the bus from multiple client processes.
The physical bus is usually connected to a serial or USB port, and other
processes connect to owserver (1)
over network sockets (tcp port). Communication
can be local or over a network. Secure tunneling can be implemented using
Frontend clients include a filesystem representation:
, and a webserver: owhttpd (1)
. Direct language bindings are also
available, e.g: owperl (3)
. Several instances of each client can be initiated.
Each client can also connect directly to the physical bus, skipping owserver
but only one client can connect to the physical bus safely. Simultaneous
access is prevented by the operating system for USB ports, but unfortunately
not serial ports. The safe way to share access to the 1-wire bus is via owserver
with the clients connecting. Note: owserver (1)
can connect to another
process, though the utility of this technique is limited (perhaps
as a readonly buffer?)
is by default multithreaded. Optional
data caching is in the server, not clients, so all the clients gain efficiency.
These options specify the device
(bus master) connecting the computer to the 1-wire bus. The 1-wire slaves
are connected to the 1-wire bus, and the bus master connects to a port on
the computer and controls the 1-wire bus. The bus master is either an actual
physical device, the kernel w1 module, or an owserver (1)
At least one
device option is required. There is no default. More than one device can
be listed, and all will be used. (A logical union unless you explore the
Linux and BSD enforce a security policy restricting
access to hardware ports. You must have sufficient rights to access the
given port or access will silently fail.
a serial port, e.g. /dev/ttyS0
The only supported
true USB bus masters are based on the DS2490 chip. The most common is the
DS9490R which has an included 1-wire ID slave with family code 81.
- -d port | --device=port (DS2480B)
bus master (like the DS9097U or the LINK in emulation mode). If the adapter
doesn’t respond, a passive type (DS9907E or diode/resistor) circuit will
- --serial_flextime | --serial_regulartime (DS2480B)
Changes details of bus timing (see DS2480B datasheet). Some devices, like
the Swart LCD cannot work with flextime.
- Sets the initial serial port communication speed for
all bus masters. Not all serial devices support all speeds. You can change
the individual bus master speed for the LINK and DS2880B in the interface/settings
directory. The HA5 speed is set in hardware, so the command line buad rate
should match that rate.
Usually the default settings (9600 for LINK and DS2480B ) and 115200 for
the HA5 are sane and shouldn’t be changed.
- --straight_polarity | --reverse_polarity
- Reverse polarity of the DS2480B output transistors? Not needed
for the DS9097U, but required for some other designs.
- --link=port (LINK)
LINK adapter (all versions) in non-emulation mode. Uses an ascii protocol
- --ha7e=port (HA7E)
- Embedded Data Systems HA7E adapter ( and HA7S
) in native ascii mode.
- --ha5=port | --ha5=port:a | --ha5=port:acg (HA5)
Data Systems HA5 mutidrop adapter in native ascii mode. Up to 26 adapters
can share the same port, each with an assigned letter. If no letter specified,
the program will scan for the first response (which may be slow).
| --no_checksum (HA5)
Turn on (default) or off the checksum feature of the HA5 communication.
- --passive=port | --ha2=port | --ha3=port | --ha4b=port (Passive)
- Passive 1-wire adapters.
Powered off the serial port and using passive electrical components (resitors
- --8bit | --6bit (Passive)
Synthesize the 1-wire waveforme using a 6-bit (default) serial word, or 8-bit
word. Not all UART devices support 6 bit operation.
(in seconds) for all serial communications. 5 second default. Can be altered
dynamically under /settings/timeout/serial
are also bus masters based on the serial chip with a USB to serial conversion
built in. These are supported by the serial bus master protocol.
I2C is 2 wire protocol used for chip-to-chip communication. The bus
masters: DS2482-100, DS2482-101 and DS2482-800 can specify (via pin voltages)
a subset of addresses on the i2c bus. Those choices are
- -u | --usb
- DS2490 based bus master (like the DS9490R).
- -u2 | --usb=2
- Use the second USB
bus master. (The order isn’t predicatble, however, since the operating system
does not conssitently order USB devices).
- -uall | --usb=ALL
- Use all the USB
- --usb_flextime | --usb_regulartime
- Changes the details of 1-wire waveform
timing for certain network configurations.
- Willy Robion’s alternative
- Timeout for USB communications. This has a 5 second
default and can be changed dynamically under /settings/timeout/usb
- 0x1C,0x1D,0x1E,0x1F (DS2482-800 only)
i2c masters have the form /dev/i2c-0, /dev/i2c-1, ...
- -d port | --device=port
simple form only permits a specific port and the first available i2c_address
- --i2c=port | --i2c=port:i2c_address | --i2c=port:ALL
- Specific i2c port and the
i2c_address is either the first, specific, or all or them. The i2c_address
- --i2c | --i2c=: | --i2c=ALL:ALL
- Search the available i2c buses for either
the first, the first, or every i2c adapter.
The DS2482-800 masters 8 1-wire
buses and so will generate 8 /bus.n entries.
These bus masters
communicate via the tcp/ip network protocol and so can be located anywhere
on the network. The network_address is of the form tcp_address:port
Used for testing and development. No actual hardware
is needed. Useful for separating the hardware development from the rest
of the software design.
- LinkHubE network LINK adapter by
- --ha7net=network_address | --ha7net
- HA7Net network 1-wire adapter
with specified tcp address or discovered by udp multicast. By Embedded Data
--timeout_ha7=60 specific timeout for HA7Net communications (60 second default).
- Etherweather adapter
- -s network_address | --server=network_address
- Location of an owserver (1)
program that talks to the 1-wire bus. The default
port is 4304.
- Timeout for network bus master communications.
This has a 1 second default and can be changed dynamically under /settings/timeout/network
This a linux-specific
option for using the operating system’s access to bus masters. Root access
is required and the implementation was still in progress as of owfs v2.7p12
and linux 2.6.30.
- is a list of comma-separated 1-wire devices
in the following formats. Note that a valid CRC8 code is created automatically.
- Hexidecimal family codes (the DS18S20, DS2405 and DS1921 in this
- A more complete hexidecimal unique address. Useful
when an actual hardware device should be simulated.
- The 1-wire
device name. (Full ID cannot be speciifed in this format).
address and random values for each read. The device ID is also random (unless
- --temperature_low=12 --temperature_high=44
- Specify the temperature
limits for the fake adapter simulation. These should be in the same temperature
scale that is specified in the command line. It is possible to change the
limits dynamically for each adapter under /bus.x/interface/settings/simulated/[temperature_low|temperature_high]
- Predictable address and predictable values for each read.
(See the website for the algorhythm).
Bus masters are recognized and added dynamically. Details
of the physical bus master are not accessible, bu they include USB, i2c
and a number of GPIO designs on embedded boards.
Access is restrict to superuser
due to the netlink broadcast protocol employed by w1. Multitasking must
be configured (threads) on the compilation.
TCP port or IPaddress:port for owserver
- Use the linux kernel w1 virtual
- Timeout for w1 netlink communications. This has
a 10 second default and can be changed dynamically under /settings/timeout/w1
Other OWFS programs
will access owserver via this address. (e.g. owfs -s IP:port /1wire)
port is specified, the default well-known port (4304 -- assigned by the IANA)
will be used.
Temperature scale used for data output. Celsius is the default.
Can also be changed within the program at /settings/units/temperature_scale
scale used for data output. Millibar is the default.
Can also be changed
within the program at /settings/units/pressure_scale
Choose the representation of the 1-wire unique identifiers. OWFS uses
these identifiers as unique directory names.
Although several display formats
are selectable, all must be in family-id-crc8 form, unlike some other programs
and the labelling on iButtons, which are crc8-id-family form.
format for the 1-wire devices. Each device has a 8byte address, consisting
- family code, 1 byte
- ID number, 6 bytes
- CRC checksum, 1 byte
formats are f.i (default, 01.A1B2C3D4E5F6), fi fic f.ic f.i.c and fi.c
are accepted as input, but the output will be in the specified format.
address elements can be retrieved from a device entry in owfs by the family,
id and crc8 properties, and as a whole with address. The reversed id and
address can be retrieved as r_id and r_address.
Do we allow writing to the 1-wire bus (writing memory,
setting switches, limits, PIOs)? The write option is available for symmetry,
it’s the default.
Places the PID -- process ID of owfs
into the specified filename. Useful for startup scripts control.
Whether the program releases the console and runs in the background
after evaluating command line options. background is the default.
- default mixed destination: stderr foreground / syslog background
- stderr only
- /dev/null (quiet mode).
- all high level calls
summary for each call
- details level
- debugging chaff
produces a lot of output
Name of an owfs (5)
configuration file with more command line parameters
See also this man page and the web site http://www.owfs.org
Shows basic summary of options.
of this program and related libraries.
the bus masters were previously listed in Device options. Timeouts for the
cache affect the time that data stays in memory. Default values are shown.
Seconds until a volatile property expires in the cache.
Volatile properties are those (like temperature) that change on their own.
- 1-wire bus master options
- cache and communication size and
- mountpoint or TCP server settings
- control and debugging
- Unique ID display format and temperature scale
Can be changed dynamically at /settings/timeout/volatile
until a stable property expires in the cache. Stable properties are those
that shouldn’t change unless explicitly changed. Memory contents for example.
Can be changed dynamically at /settings/timeout/stable
until a directory listing expires in the cache. Directory lists are the
1-wire devices found on the bus.
Can be changed dynamically at /settings/timeout/directory
Seconds until the presence and bus location of a 1-wire
device expires in the cache.
Can be changed dynamically at /settings/timeout/presence
There are also timeouts for specific program responses:
until the expected response from the owserver (1)
is deemed tardy.
changed dynamically at /settings/timeout/server
that an ftp session is kept alive.
Can be changed dynamically at /settings/timeout/ftp
These settings control the behavior
of owserver (1)
in granting and dropping persistent tcp connections. The
default settings are shown.
In general no changes should be needed. In general
the purpose is to limit total resource usage from an errant or rogue client.
Minimum seconds that a persistent tcp connection
to owserver (1)
is kept open. This is the limit used when the number of
connections is above --clients_persistent_low
seconds that a persistent tcp connection to owserver (1)
is kept open. This
is the limit used when the number of connections is below --clients_persistent_low
Maximum number of persistent tcp connections to
before connections start getting the more stringent time limitation
Maximum number of persistent
tcp connections to before no more are allowed (only non-persistent at this
point). owserver (1)
before no more are allowed (only non-persistent at this
Reject DIRALL messages (requests directory
as a single message), forcing client to use older DIR method (each element
is an individual message)
Reject GET messages (lets owserver determine
if READ or DIRALL is appropriate). Client will fall back to older methods.
Reject persistence in requests. All transactions will have
to be new connections.
Interject many "keep-alive" (PING) responses.
Usually PING responses are only sent when processing is taking a long time
to inform client that owserver is still there.
owserver -p 3001 -d
/dev/ttyS0 runs owserver on tcp port 3001 and connects to a physical 1-wire
bus on a serial port.
Paul Alfille (email@example.com)
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