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AstroPi3 Scripts revised

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Replied by Hy Murveit on topic AstroPi3 Scripts revised

I must say that 98% of the issues I have with my rig boil down to WiFi/networking, so, no this isn't a silly question to me either.

First, re the hotspot password. I believe when I installed via the script, the hotspot password was something like raspberrypi_password., not 123456789. You can find out for sure by looking in the folder /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/ and finding the file that configures your hotspot (should be obvious from the filename) and then looking at that file (e.g. by running 'sudo cat FILENAME') and there will be a line with the password in plain text.

Second, though the standard WiFi connection to my home wifi usually works, it often doesn't or drops out. As opposed to using the hotspot, my approach is to use the hardwired cable approach--that is, connect a cat5 or cat6 line between the ethernet connector on the RPi and your laptop (if you have a macbookpro like I do, you'll need a ethernet-to-usbC converter) and you should be able to see the RPi at the address you set on script installation (it's possible that that requires some configuration on your laptop). This is a much more reliable/fast connection than the hotspot IMHO, and also probably avoids whatever was messing with my other WiFi connection in the first place. Of course another approach is connecting a monitor and keyboard to the RPi (which is my ultimate work-around), but that takes more time to set up.

I wish I knew why the WiFi is occasionally flakey. I assume the reason is the wimpy WiFi antenna inside the RPi. I've bought this thing which I've seen referenced by Rob www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07695YGLZ/ref..._title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 but haven't tried to install it yet. Given the pain WiFi has caused, I should up the priority on that project.

Hy
Orion Atlas Pro, William Optics ZS105, Moonlight V2 focuser
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Ekos Projects: Terrain Backgrounds, Polar Alignment, Analyze, Linear Focuser, SEP MultiStar & GPG Guiding, FITS autostretch.
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Replied by Hy Murveit on topic AstroPi3 Scripts revised

Rob, another script question (or perhaps this is general KStars?):
- when I run an imaging session, I get a ton of these on stdout/stderr:

I guess there's some audio thing I don't have, but I don't care about audio during imaging.
Is there a way of turning off sound, or some other way of disabling this? It's a minor annoyance, but I do use stdout/stderr to debug/explore the system
so I always wind up grepping out these lines, and who knows, this error may be slowing things down.

Hy
Orion Atlas Pro, William Optics ZS105, Moonlight V2 focuser
ZWO ASI1600, OAG & Filterwheel, Astronomik Filters, QHY 5L-IIm guidecam.
KStars/Ekos/Indi on RPi4 w/SSD
Ekos Projects: Terrain Backgrounds, Polar Alignment, Analyze, Linear Focuser, SEP MultiStar & GPG Guiding, FITS autostretch.
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Replied by Hy Murveit on topic AstroPi3 Scripts revised

I should say, the previous question related to Raspberry Pi Buster, with a RPi4.
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Ekos Projects: Terrain Backgrounds, Polar Alignment, Analyze, Linear Focuser, SEP MultiStar & GPG Guiding, FITS autostretch.
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Hy,

I would recommend turning off Audio Notifications in KStars. You can find Notifications in one of the menus. You can just turn off each of the "Play a sound" ones. That should prevent it from trying to use Audio. Based on what you said, I suspect you don't have an audio device that VLC likes.

Thanks,

Rob
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Replied by Hy Murveit on topic AstroPi3 Scripts revised

Rob,

I've looked for such a menu option, unsuccessfully.
I've even searched the code:

Not sure what to do with the snapcraft.yaml.
Do you know specifically where to look ? I can't find code that does the notifying either.

Thanks,
Hy
Orion Atlas Pro, William Optics ZS105, Moonlight V2 focuser
ZWO ASI1600, OAG & Filterwheel, Astronomik Filters, QHY 5L-IIm guidecam.
KStars/Ekos/Indi on RPi4 w/SSD
Ekos Projects: Terrain Backgrounds, Polar Alignment, Analyze, Linear Focuser, SEP MultiStar & GPG Guiding, FITS autostretch.
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Replied by Andrew on topic AstroPi3 Scripts revised

Not so fast rlancaste. I personally noted when I built KStars version 3.3.5 with your script some time ago, the entire notification configuration menu was missing. I have since updated it to 3.3.7 and the menu has returned.
Although interestingly enough I do not have the icons displayed in the top pull down menus as shown in your screenshot.
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Replied by Hy Murveit on topic AstroPi3 Scripts revised

Rob, thanks, but that menu item "Configure Notifications" is missing from my system.
Perhaps that's a Raspbian Buster thing?
See the screenshot:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/f1kaxfJjub8KXmi78
Orion Atlas Pro, William Optics ZS105, Moonlight V2 focuser
ZWO ASI1600, OAG & Filterwheel, Astronomik Filters, QHY 5L-IIm guidecam.
KStars/Ekos/Indi on RPi4 w/SSD
Ekos Projects: Terrain Backgrounds, Polar Alignment, Analyze, Linear Focuser, SEP MultiStar & GPG Guiding, FITS autostretch.
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Replied by Hy Murveit on topic AstroPi3 Scripts revised

@Ihoujin: FWIW, I'm running code I compiled from the head of the git tree yesterday.

> cd ~/AstroRoot/kstars
> git log --oneline | head -4
61729fdff Adds an option to mouse-pan the HiPS graphics.
b926ba790 Use AppDataLocation on Android
576e9ab55 Add JNow to indicate the epoch for both telescope and solution coordinates
9cfac15cf implement detect from ekos in FOV editor. Use INVALID_VALUE instead of -1 when there is no solution available yet
Orion Atlas Pro, William Optics ZS105, Moonlight V2 focuser
ZWO ASI1600, OAG & Filterwheel, Astronomik Filters, QHY 5L-IIm guidecam.
KStars/Ekos/Indi on RPi4 w/SSD
Ekos Projects: Terrain Backgrounds, Polar Alignment, Analyze, Linear Focuser, SEP MultiStar & GPG Guiding, FITS autostretch.
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Interesting. I'm running the bleeding edge on an AstroPi3 installed Kstars on an Odroid-N2 and I have the menu item "Configure Notifications". My AstroPi3 install was relatively recent (probably less than 2 weeks)>
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So one thing that is probably relevant is that about 8 days ago, I accepted a pull request from Radek to add the optional dependencies libkf5notifyconfig-dev libqt5datavisualization5-dev and qt5keychain-dev. I would say all three of those are desirable packages. A raspberry pi may or may not have an audio device, but being able to configure it is useful. And the visualizations package will enable the user to make use of the 3D Star profile viewer that I made last year. And the qt keychain dependency will support logins for Ekos Live. So they are useful. So if you built since the change was made, you should be able to use the 3D Star Profile, you should be able to use the notification configuration and probably also use Ekos Live with the qt keychain. But if you built It before then, you probably don't have those features.
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Replied by Andrew on topic AstroPi3 Scripts revised

The 3D star profile is working at least with simulators. It performance is laggy on the RPi4 with a selection of 128 or larger.
INDI/KStars on Raspberry Pi 4, 4gb
Raspbian Buster with AstroPi3 script configuration
Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera
Orion SSAG/ASI120mm @280mm Guide Scope
PHD2
Waveshare Stepper Motor Board - DIY Focuser
Adafruit GPS Module
Generic Bluetooth Joystick.
Startech 7 port powered USB Hub.
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