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Re: Serial Ports and Perl

Andy Smith <andy@strugglers.net> writes:
> Hi Martin,
> I have been using it successfully for a long time, but all I do is
> read whole lines from the serial device like:
> my $dev  = '/dev/ttyUSB0';
> my $port = Device::SerialPort->new($dev);
> $port->baudrate(57600);
> $port->write_settings;
> open my $fh, '<', $dev or die "Can't open $dev: $!";
> while (<$fh>) {
>     print "READ: $_\n";
> }
> So, I am only using Device::SerialPort to configure the device,
> while all reading is done by treating it as a normal file.
> I see you are using lookfor(), which I have never used before. From
> a brief look at:
> http://search.cpan.org/~cook/Device-SerialPort-1.002/SerialPort.pm#Methods_for_I/O_Processing
> it seems you should be setting are_match() if you want lookfor() to
> match anything.

	You are correct. After a good night's sleep and another
read in to perldoc Device::SerialPort, I found a directive one
can use as follows:

         if ($string_in = $PortObj->input) { PortObj->write($string_in); }
            # simple echo with no control character processing

	If one writes an infinite loop such as while (1) {
      if (my $c = $port->input) 
print ("$c\n");
all data being received by the device are echoed so you know it
is good so far.  That in itself saves a lot of trouble-shooting time. 

	Thanks for helping me think a bit.

Martin McCormick

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