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SqeezeButtonPi Daemon

SqueezeButtonPi Daemon or sbpd is a controller tool to use buttons and rotary encoders to control an instance of SqueezeLite or SqueezePlay running on the same Raspberry Pi device in connection with a Logitech Media Server/Squeezebox Server instance.

Rotary encoders or rotary-push-encoders can be used for volume, buttons (and the push-function of a rotary encoder) can be used for play/pause, skip forward, skip back or toggle the power state.

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Copyright (c) 2017, Joerg Schwieder, PenguinLovesMusic.com All rights reserved.

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Dependencies

SqueezeButtonPi uses pigpio and libCurl

Configuration

Usage: sbpd [OPTION...] [e,pin1,pin2,CMD,mode] [b,pin,CMD,edge,...]

Options arguments:

-A, --address=Server-Address   Set server address. Default: autodetect
-f, --conf_file=</path/config-file>
                           Full path to command configuration file
-M, --mac=MAC-Address      Set MAC address of player. Deafult: autodetect
-p, --password=password    Set password for server. Default: none
-P, --port=xxxx            Set server control port. Default: autodetect
-u, --username=user name   Set user name for server. Default: none
-d, --daemonize            Daemonize
-s, --silent               Don't produce output
-v, --verbose              Produce verbose output
-z, --debug                Produce debug output
-?, --help                 Give this help list
    --usage                Give a short usage message
-V, --version              Print program version

Non-Option arguments. At least one needs to be specified for the daemon to do anything useful Arguments are a comma-separated list of configuration parameters:

For rotary encoders (one, volume only):
    e,pin1,pin2,CMD[,edge]
        "e" for "Encoder"
        p1, p2: GPIO PIN numbers in BCM-notation
        CMD: Command. one of. \n\
            VOLU for Volume\n\
            TRAC for Prev/Next track\n\
            KEY:<Positive key_name>-<Negative key_name>
        mode: Optional. one of\n\
            1   - Step mode (default)\n\
            2-9 - Detent mode - Assumes 1 dial click is x steps.

For buttons: 
    b,pin,CMD[,resist,pressed,CMD_LONG,long_time]
        "b" for "Button"
        pin: GPIO PIN numbers in BCM-notation
        CMD: Command. One of:
               PLAY:   Play/pause
               PREV:   Jump to previous track
               NEXT:   Jump to next track
               VOL+:   Increase volume
               VOL-:   Decrease volume
               POWR:   Toggle power state
             Commands can be defined in config file
                 use -f option, ref:sbpd_commands.cfg 
             Command type SCRIPT.
               SCRIPT:/path/to/shell/script.sh
             Command type KEY.
                  KEY:<linux key_name>.
        resist: Optional. one of
            0 - Internal resistor off
            1 - pull down         - input puts 3v on GPIO pin
            2 - pull up (default) - input pulls GPIO pin to ground
        pressed: Optional GPIO pinstate for button to read pressed
            0 - state is 0 (default)
            1 - state is 1
        CMD_LONG: Command to be used for a long button push, see above command list
        long_time: Number of milliseconds to define a long press

Command configuration file

#
#  sbpd_commands.cfg  -  Custom commands definition
#
#   <CODE>=<JSON Formatted lms cli command>
#
#       CODE - MUST be a 4 character code, to be reference on command line when defining buttons
#
#       For commands reference the LMS cli documentation, commands are to be JSON formatted.
#        
# Default commands         
PLAY=["pause"]
VOL-=["button","voldown"]
VOL+=["button","volup"]
PREV=["button","rew"]
NEXT=["button","fwd"]
POWR=["button","power"]"
MIX+=["mixer","volume","+5"]
MIX-=["mixer","volume","-5"]

Linux keycodes

Uses the linux uinput kernel module.  Make sure to load it with sudo modprobe uinput.
Keycode definitions can be found: https://github.com/raspberrypi/linux/blob/rpi-4.19.y/include/uapi/linux/input-event-codes.h

Security

As long as /dev/uinput permissions are set user writable, sbpd does not need to run with root permissions.

Limitations

IPv6

In the current state, this will probably not work in IPv6-only networks.

Server Switching

The controller will follow the player if you switch the player to a new server. This might not work with a remote server but should be reliable in an IPv4 network

Encoder Speed

Server commands are fed to the server using a very simple scheduler on the main thread. Up to 10 commands per second can be sent but since all requests are being sent synchronously this depends on the reaction speed of the server. The result of this is that very fast command sequences can result in jumping volume levels and delayed volume changes.

Multiple Players

Probably not a limitation on a Pi. Only a single instance of SqueezeLite should be running if autodetection is being used since the code only looks for the first connection on port 3483. With more than one player the server being found will be random. In such a setup, manual server configuration will be required.

Multiple Network Interfaces

The MAC address detection is borrowed from SqueezeLite so when running automatically the MAC found should be the same used by SqueezeLite. If that's not the case in setups with more than one MAC or SqueezeLite uses a manually configured MAC manual MAC configuration should be used.

MySqueezebox.com

This tool will only work with Logitech Media Server, it doesn't authenticate against MySqueezebox.com. While authentication against MySqueezebox.com should generally be possible for a controller it should be unneeded in this case because DIY and 3rd party players are not supposed to directly connect to MySqueezebox.com anyway and the design of this tool is to control a player running on the same device as this controller.

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