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Both displays use unicurses, a python wrapper for ncurses, which can be found here: To run the application on your computer you can follow the install instructions for unicurses or move the file from the raspberry pi into your directory.

ASCII art chat leaderboard/trello tickets:

A dashboard displaying stats. This is kind of a temporary dashboard (maybe a click map or something will take its place later)!

Dashboard currently displays a slack leader board for the #engineering channel and the number of tickets that have moved to the "CRUSHED!" board this month (according to the slack trello channel).

The launch script for this is (only works on rbpi and must be run with sudo) or you can run it with python 2> err. The file fonts_list.txt contains a list of the fonts provided by the pyfiglet library and how they look printed out (quick reference if you are trying to change the fonts on the display).

Graph Display:

Make an application that plots datadog stats in real (ish) time. There's a 5 minute delay. Right now, there are four graphs displayed using datadog data.

To run, make sure to redirect the error messages or they will show up on the screen. They're still useful when stuff goes wrong.

python 2> err

Make the request file:

To display different graphs from data dog, put the request names in a file called yourName_graphs_{#}.txt. (TODO: changing the number of graphs isn't impemented yet).

There should be one request per line, no blank lines, and a maximum of 4 graphs will be displayed (if you have more than this in the file, nothing bad will happen, but they won't be graphed). There's no error checking for now, so make sure that the requests are in the correct format and that they actually exist. An example file, called audrey_graphs_2.txt :


Example for four audrey_graphs_4.txt:


Also, there's no ordering of who's files are graphed right now, so if there are multiple files they'll each get ~5 minutes on the screen and then the last one will stay on the screen until a new file shows up.

Get the file to the Raspberry Pi:

Put this file in the right directory on the raspberry pi /home/pi/rbpi/unicurses_display/. You can do this with scp:

scp /path/to/your/file pi@<IP_Adress>:/home/pi/rbpi/unicurses_displays/. 

After a file has been logged, it will appear in the 'done' folder in the directory that contains the python script on the Raspberry Pi, and the name will appear as yourname_graph_log.txt.

Running display on login (this should already be setup):

Auto Login

sudo vim /etc/inittab

Navigate to the following line 1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 115200 tty1 and comment it out.

Add this just below the commented line:

1:2345:respawn:/bin/login -f pi tty1 </dev/tty1 >/dev/tty1 2>&1

This will run the login program with pi user and without any authentication.

Run a Script after login:

sudo vim /etc/profile

If you are trying to run the graphs:

sudo /home/pi/rbpi/unicurses\_displays/

Or, if you are trying to do the chat leaderboard:

sudo /home/pi/rbpi/unicurses\_displays/

Prevent Sleep:

sudo vim /etc/kbd/config

Replace BLANK_TIME and POWERDOWN_TIME with the appropriate values:


Then, enter sudo vim /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf and add the line: xserver-command=X -s 0 dpms.


This should already be set up. If not, there is a shell script ( that allows you to run the program when the rbpi boots. To do this, make sure that '/home/pi/logs' exists on your pi. If it doesn't, go ahead and create it. Now, make sure that crontab is set up.

sudo crontab -e 

Make sure that the following line is at the bottom of the file, if it isn't, add it:

@reboot sh /home/pi/rbpi/unicurses_displays/ >/home/pi/logs/cronlog 2>&1