Firebox LCD Driver for LCDProc



  • I know. I've got two x700 fireboxes that works just fine on. However it doesn't work on my x750e. I'm thinking that the lcd's port is different or it's a different LCD all together.


  • Netgate Administrator

    The driver was written for the IT8712F chip.
    Does the 750e have this or something compatible?

    Steve



  • The LCD on the e-series seems to be a APEX 202001. You can see for yourself by looking on page 21 of http://www.watchguard.com/docs/corporate/wg_peak-eDe-MFR_instructions.pdf


  • Netgate Administrator

    Yes I see but the chip I was refering to is the I/O chip that handles the parallel port that talks to the LCD. I think!  :-
    I'm a bit vague on this but if you read back this thread it explains most of it.
    Anyway if watchguard (or whoever were making the boards) changed to a different I/O chip you'd probably need a different driver.

    Steve



  • I just tried this process and it's hard.  It did not work and I got the several errors, it was missing a file and I lost the log.  I going to flash the 4GB card and try again.  Can somebody break down some of the commands.  I am having a real problem understanding the process.

    I don't have a good hand on freebsd commands.
    RC


  • Netgate Administrator

    Have a look in the X peak thread.
    I just had to re install it so I made some notes!  ;D



  • LIsted below are the exact steps I used to try to install the watchguard lcd driver.  anybody got any idea why I am missing this libary?  I formatted my card twice now.  I really want to get the LCD working before I start building the configuration.
    RC

    login as: admin
    Using keyboard-interactive authentication.
    Password:

    *** Welcome to pfSense 1.2.3-RELEASE-nanobsd on pfsense-wg ***

    WAN*                    ->  re0    ->      192.168.14.246(DHCP)
      LAN*                    ->  re1    ->      192.168.14.3

    pfSense console setup


    0)  Logout (SSH only)
    1)  Assign Interfaces
    2)  Set LAN IP address
    3)  Reset webConfigurator password
    4)  Reset to factory defaults
    5)  Reboot system
    6)  Halt system
    7)  Ping host
    8)  Shell
    9)  PFtop
    10)  Filter Logs
    11)  Restart webConfigurator
    12)  pfSense Developer Shell
    13)  Upgrade from console
    14)  Disable Secure Shell (sshd)

    Enter an option: 8

    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/root(1): cd /var/tmp
    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/var/tmp(2): ls
    bootup_messages      nohup.out            rules.boot
    captiveportal.lock  pfctl_si_out        rules.debug
    carp.sh              pfctl_ss_out        rules.debug.old
    check_reload_status  php-fastcgi.socket-0 sdeclcd.so
    config.cache        php-fastcgi.socket-1 sdeclcd.so.txt
    dhcpd.sh            php-fastcgi.socket-2 tmp
    ifconfig_re0        re0_error_output    tmpHOSTS
    last_term_seen      re0_output          uploadbar
    lcdd.tar.gz          re0_router          vi.recover
    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/var/tmp(3): gunzip lcdd.tar.gz
    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/var/tmp(4): scp lcdd.tar root@192.168.14.3:/var/tmp
    Could not create directory '/root/.ssh'.
    The authenticity of host '192.168.14.3 (192.168.14.3)' can't be established.
    DSA key fingerprint is 1a:55:e5:ed:4a:64:58:47:a9:bd:85:92:a5:f8:7c:b6.
    Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? y
    Please type 'yes' or 'no': yes
    Failed to add the host to the list of known hosts (/root/.ssh/known_hosts).
    Password:
    Password:
    lcdd.tar                                      100%  243KB 242.5KB/s  00:00
    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/var/tmp(5): ls -l
    total 340
    -rw-r–r--  1 root  wheel      89 May 29 04:01 bootup_messages
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      0 May 29 04:01 captiveportal.lock
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      0 May 29 04:00 carp.sh
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      9 May 29 04:17 check_reload_status
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    4682 May 29 04:10 config.cache
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    393 May 29 04:10 dhcpd.sh
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      48 May 29 04:00 ifconfig_re0
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      11 May 29 04:12 last_term_seen
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  248320 May 29 04:16 lcdd.tar
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel    162 May 29 04:10 nohup.out
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    1776 May 29 04:16 pfctl_si_out
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    847 May 29 04:16 pfctl_ss_out
    srwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel      0 May 29 04:00 php-fastcgi.socket-0
    srwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel      0 May 29 04:00 php-fastcgi.socket-1
    srwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel      0 May 29 04:00 php-fastcgi.socket-2
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    296 May 29 04:00 re0_error_output
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      0 May 29 04:00 re0_output
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      13 May 29 04:00 re0_router
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    128 May 29 04:00 rules.boot
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    5610 May 29 04:10 rules.debug
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    5610 May 29 04:10 rules.debug.old
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  10780 May 29 04:08 sdeclcd.so
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel  10780 May 29 04:11 sdeclcd.so.txt
    lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel      1 May 29 04:00 tmp -> /
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      0 May 29 04:17 tmpHOSTS
    drwxrwxrwx  2 root  wheel    512 May 29 04:00 uploadbar
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root  wheel    512 May 29 03:59 vi.recover
    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/var/tmp(6): tar -xvf lcdd.tar
    x install-embed.lcdd.sh
    x lcdd
    x lcdd/drivers
    x lcdd/LCDd.conf
    x lcdd/lcdd.sh
    x lcdd/lcdproc
    x lcdd/LCDd
    x lcdd/drivers/curses.so
    x lcdd/drivers/sdeclcd.so
    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/var/tmp(7): chmod 700 install-embed.lcdd.sh
    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/var/tmp(8): ./install-embed.lcdd.sh
    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/var/tmp(9): mount
    /dev/ufs/pfsense0 on / (ufs, local, read-only)
    devfs on /dev (devfs, local)
    /dev/md0 on /var/tmp (ufs, local)
    /dev/md1 on /var (ufs, local)
    /dev/ufs/cf on /cf (ufs, local, read-only)
    devfs on /var/dhcpd/dev (devfs, local)
    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/var/tmp(10): cd /usr/local/etc/rc.d
    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/usr/local/etc/rc.d(11): ls
    lcdd.sh
    [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                                                [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/usr/local/etc/rc.d(12): ./lcdd.sh
    /libexec/ld-elf.so.1: [1.2.3-RELEASE]                                          [admin@pfsense-wg.cartersweb.net]/usr/local/etc/rc.d(13): Shared object "libkvm.so.3" not found, required by "lcdproc"



  • You still have not followed the bit of instructions that have been mentioned in the link in the post before you and various other parts in this thread.

    This is the part you seem to be missing:

    [root@pfSense.local]/var/tmp(8): cd /lib
    [root@pfSense.local]/lib(10): /etc/rc.conf_mount_rw
    [root@pfSense.local]/lib(11): ln -s libc.so.7 libc.so.6
    [root@pfSense.local]/lib(12): ln -s libkvm.so.4 libkvm.so.3
    [root@pfSense.local]/lib(13): /etc/rc.conf_mount_ro



  • I am going to write this whole process up tomorrow.  It was quite confusing but came from two different posts.  It's now working.  After a quick format flast and rebuild tomorrow.  my watchguard goes into service.

    I only have 256 meg in my box.  I am only uising it for DHCP/DNS and a few ipsec tunnels.  Should that sufice for now?
    RC


  • Netgate Administrator

    Hmm, very confusing.  :-
    I don't really understand all the steps in your post. You seem to SCP the file from /var/tmp back into /var/temp  ???
    Never mind you seem to have got there in the end.
    Hopefully you now have a better understanding, I know I do.  ;)

    Has anybody made LCDproc run under 2.0beta?
    The simlinks have to be updated to the newer libraries but it's still not happening for me. No useful errors either.

    Steve



  • Now I have gone back and reviewed everything and the buttons, and backlight are the only thingk left to address.   If I have gotten all of this straight this prcess should go something like this:

    1.  upload the following two files after downloading from PFSENSE or enduser location:
        a.  sdeclcd.so
        b.  lcdd.tar.gz
             Note: sdeclcd.so will be call sdeclcd.so.txt on your windows machine.  you will need to rename either on your
                            winodws macine or pfsense after you have copied it.
    2.  Make sure to enable ssh, I tried to run this via the serial connection and it did not work very well.  I am not sure why  
    3.  Open a ssh connection via putty, login with admin and your password
    4.  select option 8 and drop into FREBSD operation system
    5.  type cd /var/tmp and press enter
    6.  type ls and press enter.  you should get the following results
        bootup_messages      nohup.out            rules.boot
        captiveportal.lock   pfctl_si_out         rules.debug
        carp.sh              pfctl_ss_out         rules.debug.old
        check_reload_status  php-fastcgi.socket-0 sdeclcd.so
        config.cache         php-fastcgi.socket-1 sdeclcd.so.txt
        dhcpd.sh             php-fastcgi.socket-2 tmp
        ifconfig_re0         re0_error_output     tmpHOSTS
        last_term_seen       re0_output           uploadbar
        lcdd.tar.gz          re0_router           vi.recover
    7.  type gunzip lcdd.tar.gz and press enter
    8.  type scp lcdd.tar root@(enter the IP address of your watchguard device here):/var/tmp, you
        should get the following results:
           Could not create directory '/root/.ssh'.
           The authenticity of host '192.168.14.3 (192.168.14.3)' can't be established.
           DSA key fingerprint is 1a:55:e5:ed:4a:64:58:47:a9:bd:85:92:a5:f8:7c:b6.
           Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes(spell the word out)
           Failed to add the host to the list of known hosts (/root/.ssh/known_hosts).
           Password:(enter the password for your watchguard here and press enter)
           lcdd.tar                                      100%  243KB 242.5KB/s   00:00
           you will get a command propt once the process is compete
    9:  type ls -l and press enter get the following results.  you are looking for the highlighted file
           total 340
           -rw-r–r--  1 root  wheel      89 May 29 04:01 bootup_messages
           -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel       0 May 29 04:01 captiveportal.lock
           -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel       0 May 29 04:00 carp.sh
           -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel       9 May 29 04:17 check_reload_status
           -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    4682 May 29 04:10 config.cache
           -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel     393 May 29 04:10 dhcpd.sh
           -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      48 May 29 04:00 ifconfig_re0
           -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      11 May 29 04:12 last_term_seen
           -rw-------  1 root  wheel  248320 May 29 04:16 lcdd.tar
           -rw–-----  1 root  wheel     162 May 29 04:10 nohup.out
            -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    1776 May 29 04:16 pfctl_si_out
            -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel     847 May 29 04:16 pfctl_ss_out
            srwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel       0 May 29 04:00 php-fastcgi.socket-0
            srwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel       0 May 29 04:00 php-fastcgi.socket-1
            srwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel       0 May 29 04:00 php-fastcgi.socket-2
            -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel     296 May 29 04:00 re0_error_output
            -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel       0 May 29 04:00 re0_output
            -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel      13 May 29 04:00 re0_router
            -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel     128 May 29 04:00 rules.boot
            -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    5610 May 29 04:10 rules.debug
            -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel    5610 May 29 04:10 rules.debug.old
            -rw-------  1 root  wheel   10780 May 29 04:08 sdeclcd.so
            -rw-------  1 root  wheel   10780 May 29 04:11 sdeclcd.so.txt
            lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel       1 May 29 04:00 tmp -> /
            -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel       0 May 29 04:17 tmpHOSTS
            drwxrwxrwx  2 root  wheel     512 May 29 04:00 uploadbar
            drwxr-xr-x  2 root  wheel     512 May 29 03:59 vi.recover
    10.  type tar -xvf lcdd.tar and you will get the following results:
            x install-embed.lcdd.sh
            x lcdd
            x lcdd/drivers
            x lcdd/LCDd.conf
            x lcdd/lcdd.sh
            x lcdd/lcdproc
            x lcdd/LCDd
            x lcdd/drivers/curses.so
            x lcdd/drivers/sdeclcd.so
    11.  type chmod 700 install-embed.lcdd.sh ans press enter
    12.  type ./install-embed.lcdd.sh and press enter
    13.  type mount and press enter ad you will get the folowing results
           /dev/ufs/pfsense0 on / (ufs, local, read-only)
           devfs on /dev (devfs, local)
           /dev/md0 on /var/tmp (ufs, local)
           /dev/md1 on /var (ufs, local)
           /dev/ufs/cf on /cf (ufs, local, read-only)
           devfs on /var/dhcpd/dev (devfs, local)
    14.  type cd /usr/local/etc/rc.d and press enter
    15.  type cd /lib and press enter
    16.  type /etc/rc.conf_mount_rw and press enter
    17.  type ln -s libc.so.7 libc.so.6 and press enter
    18.  type ln -s libkvm.so.4 libkvm.so.3 and press enter
    19.  type /etc/rc.conf_mount_ro and press enter
    20.  type ./lcdd.sh and your LCD should now be working.

    Optional step.  you can copy the updated file sdeclcd.so to correct location per the forum to get the buttons and backlight to work correctly.

    Enyjoy the script

    RC

    .


  • Netgate Administrator

    Thanks for taking the time to note all this down and report back. However I think your post maybe confusing to other users (and me!).
    You seem to have repeated steps 1-7 three times. I assume this is just a typo, perhaps edit the post.
    (Post now edited)

    Step 8 is completely unnecessary. It does nothing at all!  ???

    Step 20 won't work because you are in the wrong directory. you have to call the script with the complete path or change to the correct directory. E.g. /usr/local/etc/rc.d/lcdd.sh

    I personally copied the newer driver into /var/tmp/lcdd/driver before running the install script so that it was installed along with the other files.

    Steve



  • I go back over it one more time.  I removed the extra lines.  No clue how it happened.  I tookl instruction from about 4 different posts and combined them into one posting.

    I will see if I can run over see where I missed a step.
    RC



  • @trendchiller:

    fix it by:

    cd /lib
    ln -s libc.so.7 libc.so.6
    ln -s libkvm.so.4 libkvm.so.3

    then it works

    Did this, but I still receive:

    /usr/local/etc/rc.d/lcdd.sh

    /libexec/ld-elf.so.1: # Shared object "libkvm.so.3" not found, required by "lcdproc"

    I'm using the latest pfsense 2.0 beta, but as far as I can see that should not be the problem.
    libc.so.6 and libkvm.so.3 do exist, so making the links was not a problem:

    ls /lib

    lrwxr-xr-x   1 root  wheel        9 Jun  8 10:05 libc.so.6 -> libc.so.7
    lrwxr-xr-x   1 root  wheel       11 Jun  8 10:04 libkvm.so.3 -> libkvm.so.4
    ...


  • Netgate Administrator

    That's because pfsense 2.0 uses libkvm.so.5 so you need to use:

    
    ln -s libkvm.so.5 libkvm.so.3
    

    However when I did this it still wouldn't work under 2.0beta and there were no useful errors given either.

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    However when I did this it still wouldn't work under 2.0beta and there were no useful errors given either.

    Steve

    Ok, I've made the link to libkvm.so.5 now and it gives no error anymore.
    Since I'm currently working remote I cannot see if the display shows anything (but I expect it to be the same as yours)… I'll check the display later today!

    EDIT: After some time, an error came up:
    sock_connect: connect failed
    Error connecting to LCD server 127.0.0.1 on port 13666.
    Check to see that the server is running and operating normally.
    ???


  • Netgate Administrator

    It doesn't really suprise me since everything in this thread was built against freebsd7.2 and pfsense2.0 is freebsd 8.
    It works great on 1.2.3 though!  ;D

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    It doesn't really suprise me since everything in this thread was built against freebsd7.2 and pfsense2.0 is freebsd 8.
    It works great on 1.2.3 though!  ;D

    Steve

    I am using the firebox lcd driver and lcdproc on 2.0 beta 2 and it works like a charm. The box is a firebox x500 with a full install, not nanobsd.
    One thing different that I have not seen mentioned is that the updated driver with key and backlit timer support is looking for LCDd.conf in /usr/local/etc and not in /usr/local/share/lcdd. Once LCDd.conf was moved to the appropriate location it worked just fine. Maybe that is the problem.



  • @jjstecchino:

    I am using the firebox lcd driver and lcdproc on 2.0 beta 2 and it works like a charm. The box is a firebox x500 with a full install, not nanobsd.
    One thing different that I have not seen mentioned is that the updated driver with key and backlit timer support is looking for LCDd.conf in /usr/local/etc and not in /usr/local/share/lcdd. Once LCDd.conf was moved to the appropriate location it worked just fine. Maybe that is the problem.

    Are you using:
    A. the "lcdd.tar.gz" from post #7 ( http://files.pfsense.org/misc/lcdd.tar.gz ), and
    B. the updated driver "sdeclcd.so" from post #22 ( http://goessens.dyndns.org/public )?

    If I look at the lcdd.sh script, I see it using the LCDd.conf from /usr/local/share/lcdd.

    
    /usr/bin/nice -20 /usr/local/share/lcdd/LCDd -r 0 -c /usr/local/share/lcdd/LCDd.conf > /dev/null 2>&1 &
    /usr/bin/nice -20 /usr/local/share/lcdd/lcdproc C M S &
    
    

    Just to be sure, I've now also copied the conf file to /usr/local/etc.
    But it still comes with the same error, saying that it cannot connect to the lcdd server.

    EDIT:
    Perhaps this would help?

    If I just namually start:

    /usr/local/share/lcdd/LCDd -c /usr/local/share/lcdd/LCDd.conf

    I a receive more detailed error:
    Could not open driver module /usr/local/share/lcdd/drivers/sdeclcd.so: Shared object "libkvm.so.4" not found, required by "sdeclcd.so"
    Driver [sdeclcd] binding failed
    Could not load driver sdeclcd
    There is no output driver
    Critical error while initializing, abort.

    So I've done "ln -s libkvm.so.5 libkvm.so.4"
    (I now have libkvm.so.3 and 4 linked to 5)

    When I then start the same command, no error.

    Then I killed the previously manually started LCDd and started the lcdd.sh script again.
    No errors, only I cannot see the display right now, because I am working remotely…

    EDIT AGAIN: Yes, the display is working!
    Only the backlight is off, so it's a bit hard to see what's on the display.


  • Netgate Administrator

    The backlight should come on again if you press one of the buttons.
    Confirmation of working in 2.0 is great news.  ;D

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    The backlight should come on again if you press one of the buttons.
    Confirmation of working in 2.0 is great news.  ;D

    Steve

    Tried the buttons: the display changes  (shows other info) but no backlight.
    (not even during of immediately after a reboot)



  • @jimmy:

    Tried the buttons: the display changes  (shows other info) but no backlight.
    (not even during of immediately after a reboot)

    If you don't see it even right when you power on your box, your backlight is dead.



  • @CaseyBlackburn:

    @jimmy:

    Tried the buttons: the display changes  (shows other info) but no backlight.
    (not even during of immediately after a reboot)

    If you don't see it even right when you power on your box, your backlight is dead.

    Weird… I own a second box, also an x700... It doesn't have the original flashdisk inside anymore so it won't bootup, but this one also doesn't light when I turn on the box.  Do I miss something? I mean, I can't imagine having 2 boxes with a dead backlight!   ???

    I will check a third box at the office tomorrow, that's one that's still operating with the original flashdisk, just to see what "should happen" with the backlight.

    EDIT: Found it already. My first box does have a dead backlight. It's a bit less light here now and I can see the backlight on the second box, but not on the first box. So it's time to switch boxes.  :-[



  • @jimmy:

    @CaseyBlackburn:

    @jimmy:

    Tried the buttons: the display changes  (shows other info) but no backlight.
    (not even during of immediately after a reboot)

    If you don't see it even right when you power on your box, your backlight is dead.

    Weird… I own a second box, also an x700... It doesn't have the original flashdisk inside anymore so it won't bootup, but this one also doesn't light when I turn on the box.  Do I miss something? I mean, I can't imagine having 2 boxes with a dead backlight!   ???

    I will check a third box at the office tomorrow, that's one that's still operating with the original flashdisk, just to see what "should happen" with the backlight.

    EDIT: Found it already. My first box does have a dead backlight. It's a bit less light here now and I can see the backlight on the second box, but not on the first box. So it's time to switch boxes.   :-[

    [/quote]

    The backlit comes on for several seconds just after power on with or without disk. If it doesnt it is dead.

    If anybody is interested I may have found a solution for the watchdog errors. I posted it on a separate thread under hardware



  • This box is getting better and better.
    Now…. How do we display more useful and pertinent info on the LCD?
    A network bandwidth graph
    current throughput
    vpn connections
    errors
    Boot  messages.

    All of the above and much more would be nice.


  • Netgate Administrator

    The default options are quite limited you have choices of:

    screen
        can be one of the following: 
    C CPU
        show detailed CPU usage 
    P SMP-CPU
        CPU usage overview: one line per CPU, especially useful on SMP systems. 
    G CPUGraph
        CPU histogram 
    L Load
        Load histogram 
    M Memory
        memory & swap usage 
    S ProcSize
        memory usage of 5 biggest processes 
    D Disk
        filling level of the mounted file systems 
    I Iface
        network interface usage 
    B Battery
        battery status 
    T TimeDate
        time & date information 
    O OldTime
        old time screen 
    U Uptime
        old uptime screen 
    K BigClock
        big clock 
    N MiniClock
        minimal clock 
    A About
        credits page
    

    Add the letters to where lcdproc is called in /usr/local/etc/rc.d/lcdd.sh. Not all of them work. I went with C T U.

    Otherwise write your own client or use one someone else has written (a lot). It's supposed to be quite easy but since the  last time I coded anything was at Uni about 12 years ago it's  beyond me!  ::)

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    The default options are quite limited you have choices of:

    screen
        can be one of the following: 
    C CPU
        show detailed CPU usage 
    P SMP-CPU
        CPU usage overview: one line per CPU, especially useful on SMP systems. 
    G CPUGraph
        CPU histogram 
    L Load
        Load histogram 
    M Memory
        memory & swap usage 
    S ProcSize
        memory usage of 5 biggest processes 
    D Disk
        filling level of the mounted file systems 
    I Iface
        network interface usage 
    B Battery
        battery status 
    T TimeDate
        time & date information 
    O OldTime
        old time screen 
    U Uptime
        old uptime screen 
    K BigClock
        big clock 
    N MiniClock
        minimal clock 
    A About
        credits page
    

    Add the letters to where lcdproc is called in /usr/local/etc/rc.d/lcdd.sh. Not all of them work. I went with C T U.

    Otherwise write your own client or use one someone else has written (a lot). It's supposed to be quite easy but since the  last time I coded anything was at Uni about 12 years ago it's  beyond me!  ::)

    Steve

    Steve I am away from home for a few days I can ssh to the boxbut I cannot see the lcd so I cant test.
    Are you able to display nework stats (letter I) on your box?


  • Netgate Administrator

    Hmm, the screen shows up OK but no data is shown for I. Maybe with some tweaking.
    The only really useful things for me is how long since it last crashed and is the CPU pegged at 100% by some hideous crashed code. Anything else I'll just log in and look. To be honest none of the screens are very nice at 2X20. I should get off my arse and write something, it could easily have a single screen with cpu usage and uptime.
    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    Hmm, the screen shows up OK but no data is shown for I. Maybe with some tweaking.
    The only really useful things for me is how long since it last crashed and is the CPU pegged at 100% by some hideous crashed code. Anything else I'll just log in and look. To be honest none of the screens are very nice at 2X20. I should get off my arse and write something, it could easily have a single screen with cpu usage and uptime.
    Steve

    I agree 2x20 is not spectacular, but it can be used to display some nice cpu/ network graphs



  • hi

    after following the above when i try to start lcdd.sh under usr/local/etc/rc.d

    i get the following

    /libexec/ld-elf.co.1: shared object
    "libkvm.so.3 not found, requirded by "lcdproc"

    any ideas on this one


  • Netgate Administrator

    You need to add the sym links:

    
    cd /lib
    ln -s libc.so.7 libc.so.6
    ln -s libkvm.so.4 libkvm.so.3
    
    

    This is assuming you're running 1.2.3.

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    You need to add the sym links:

    
    cd /lib
    ln -s libc.so.7 libc.so.6
    ln -s libkvm.so.4 libkvm.so.3
    
    

    This is assuming you're running 1.2.3.

    Steve

    Hi Steve

    i am running 1.2.3

    after entering the above i get

    ln: libc.so.6: file exists
    ln: libkvm.so.3: file exists

    thorghts?


  • Netgate Administrator

    Hmmm,
    Had you already made the sym links when you installed the driver?
    What exactly have you done so far?

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    Hmmm,
    Had you already made the sym links when you installed the driver?
    What exactly have you done so far?

    Steve

    After setting up pfsense i have loaded the web browser and gone to diag, command, and uploaded the lcdd.tar.gz

    For a pc via 9 pin serial i have selected option 8 (shell)

    I have navigated to the tmp dir and typed
    tar -xvf lcdd.tar
    chmod 700 install-embed.lcdd.sh
    ./install-embed.lcdd.sh
    Mount

    Navigated to
    cd /usr/local/etc/rc.d
    type
    ./lcdd.sh
    error
    /libexec/ld-elf.co.1: shared object
    "libkvm.so.3 not found, requirded by "lcdproc"

    Navigate to lib
    ln -s libc.so.7 libc.so.6
    ln -s libkvm.so.4 libkvm.so.3
    error
    ln: libkvm.so.3 read-only file system
    same for libc

    any help would be appreciated


  • Netgate Administrator

    The embedded version of pfsense is mounted read only so to make any changes, like adding sym links, you need to first mount it read-write. Remember to put it back to read only afterwards to preserve your cf card.
    This is all detailed on page 2 of this thread and in the docs here:

    http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Remount_embedded_filesystem_as_read-write

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    The embedded version of pfsense is mounted read only so to make any changes, like adding sym links, you need to first mount it read-write. Remember to put it back to read only afterwards to preserve your cf card.
    This is all detailed on page 2 of this thread and in the docs here:

    http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Remount_embedded_filesystem_as_read-write

    Steve

    thank you for your help Steve - led is now working great

    quick question i have set the file system back to read only, when installing apps from the gui will i have to change the card to read / write?


  • Netgate Administrator

    No problem!  :D
    You shouldn't have to if you're using the gui. From, I think, 1.2.3 onwards the embedded install has switched to bsd nano and can support packages, however not all of them. Only supported packages show up in the gui though as I understand it.



  • Hi,

    I have followed all the instrcutions on the various threads and now happily have a working pfsense system running on a firebox x500, complete with working ath0 interface and LCD.  Happy days :)

    The last thing that would really make this perfect would be if the LCD could display tempurature details from the motherboard.  I know this inof is available in the bios, but havent yet seen a way of getting this info out, either on the LCD or on the webGUI.

    Any ideas?

    Stuart

    P.s.  At this stage I am yet to see any of the fabeled Wacthdog timeout errors that seem to plague this device, and I've spent a long time configuring to get it how I want it.  Not sure why….


  • Netgate Administrator

    I haven't managed this either.  :( Would be nice.
    See my thread for using mbmon here.
    I think it needs somebody with more coding skills than me (not saying much!) to write an lcdproc client that can take the output of mbmon. I haven't found any other client that can do it.

    Steve



  • Sorry for the lame Q but I tried searching and cannot find an answer:    How do you upload the files to PFSense?  TFTP?


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