[Lcdproc] newbie question
joehenley at kc.rr.com
Tue Mar 3 20:18:40 UTC 2009
I was very encouraged after your initial reply. Hopefully you'll have
some time to reply to these follow-up questions.
Also, while the the "off-by-one" issue looks to be fixed (per the notes
on Sourceforge), have the other items related to the picolcd also been
Thanks again for your help.
Joe Henley wrote:
> Hi Markus,
> Thanks very much for your reply.
> Markus Dolze wrote:
>> Joe Henley wrote:
>>> I'm a newbie here, so please forgive any un-intended "politically
>>> incorrect" items. Also, I'm not a C programmer, so I'm pretty much
>>> dependent upon what I can find at sites like this.
>>> Is lcdproc still under development? The last version is from 2007.
>>> I see lots and lots of patches; and I see comments about folks not
>>> getting things to run when patches overlap. I see alot of notes
>>> about getting patches incorporated, but it seems none do. I've
>>> looked repeatedly at the sourceforge site for updates to the code,
>>> but patches I see here don't seem to show up there.
>> Yes, there is ongoing development. Unlike other projects we use this
>> mailing list to submit patches for review. Someone with write access
>> commits the patches once they have received feedback.
> Ah, OK. As I confessed earlier, I'm a newbie .... does "commit" mean to
> incorporate it into the nightly updates?
>> The changelog since 0.5.2 has grown large. Usually you receive the
>> latest code directly from CVS or by using a 'nightly current build'
>> from http://lcdproc.sourceforge.net/nightly/.
> Is that OK now? I saw a message in the archives that the nightlies
> weren't always current. Since I don't yet know enough about this to be
> able to tell when it is, or when it isn't current, I just decided to
> avoid them. Probably the wrong thing to do, huh? ....
>> Currently our most important maintainer is away, so changes pile up,
>> but I commited a few fixes recently.
>>> I bought a picolcd to use with MythTV and have given up on getting
>>> support from mini-box. I hoped to get some here, so I've lurked abit
>>> to see what's happening. But I must be missing something, because I
>>> see alot of folks submitting patches, raising questions and
>>> suggesting fixes, but nothing seems to be done to the code.
>>> What am I missing? Is there some other place to look (other than
>>> here and the sourceforge site)?
>> As LCDproc is open source anyone can take it and ship modified
>> versions. Some Linux distributions may contain additional patches.
> Yes, that's part of the problem I'm having with mini-box. They have a
> version on their site which they reference as 0.5.2, but which is NOT
> the same as what you have here. It's abit confusing, and very
> frustrating, for someone just getting started (like me).
>>> Thanks for any help/suggestions/guidance/etc.
>>> Joe Henley
>>> PS: Yes, I know I have not indicated my picolcd problems. But they
>>> are all previously listed here by others, and are still open as far
>>> as I can tell.
>> If you do need help, as on this list. There are people familiar with
>> these devices here.
> Thanks for the offer. I looked back thru the last 4 or 5 months of
> posts in the archives and picked out the problems/patches others had
> identified which also looked like ones I'm having. These include:
> 10/1/08 pavel "add support"
> 11/2/08 marschall "picolcd build problems"
> 11/6/08 ekholm "LCDproc & PicoLCD"
> 1/13/09 dicks "19 to 20 character"
> 2/2/09 de Bruet "off by one"
> 2/25/09 de Bruet various
> Again, it's a newbie picking these out, so I might be wrong on some.
> So if these were fixed (I assume that means "committed") then I should
> be able to move forward on getting my picolcd 4x20 to work.
> Oh, while I may be a newbie, I can probably help by doing any testing
> you'd like. I'd be happy to do that. As indicated before, I have a
> picolcd 4x20 from mini-box. Right now it's connected to a miniMyth
> front end running version 0.21.0-53 (kernel is 2.6.25).
> Thanks again for all your help. It is very much appreciated.
> Joe Henley
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