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Fixed name for USB device

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If you have no more a real serial port on your system, you will have to use in most cases a USB-serial adapter.

If you have more than adapter, the device (/dev/ttyUSB?) assigned to the adapter during boot time is not in every cases the same.

But it is required to have for the PVLng scripts to have always the same device...



udev is a device manager for the Linux kernel. Primarily, it manages device nodes in /dev. It is the successor of devfs and hotplug, which means that it handles the /dev directory and all user space actions when adding/removing devices, including firmware load. Wikipedia:Udev

Find out information about your device

# sudo udevadm info --query=all --name=/dev/ttyUSB0

Look for these lines

P: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.1/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.0/ttyUSB0/tty/ttyUSB0
N: ttyUSB0

To enable udev to select the correct adapter, the ID_SERIAL or the ID_SERIAL_SHORT entry is used.

Choose a (for you :-) meaningful device name.

I use usb-ftdi-1 because its my only serial adapter, all others are for 1-Wire. I also played with the idea of consumption-watt-meter-s0 ...

Put this definition


into a rules file

# sudo echo 'SUBSYSTEM=="tty", ENV{ID_SERIAL_SHORT}=="FTGCYLSS", SYMLINK+="usb-ftdi-1"' >>/etc/udev/rules.d/99-usb.rules

Restart udev

# sudo udevadm trigger


# sudo ls -al /dev/u*
  lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    7  9. Feb 21:47 /dev/usb-ftdi-1 -> ttyUSB0

Here you can see, that the adapter is at he moment also /dev/ttyUSB0

Put this device name into the channel attribute of your Power sensor.