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Old 05-29-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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unable to read from serial port

I have been trying to communicate with device trhough /dev/ttyS0.
The device sends out data as soon as it powers up but the read just gets stuck and I cant proceed any further. After the initial startup data from the device, commands can be sent to it to control it. I can send one command to it successfully but after that I cant control the device.

Could the serial port be blocked by the kernel for some reason or is my code itself wrong. I have posted the code below and I would be grateful for any help regarding this.


int main()
int fd=-1,res,n,i;
char buff[100];
struct termios ol;
struct termios nw;

fd=open("/dev/ttyS0", O_RDWR|O_NOCTTY|O_NDELAY);//opening port
fcntl(fd,F_SETFL,0);//returning control

printf("%s","error opening port\n\n");
tcgetattr(fd,&ol); //getting serial port attributes

nw.c_cflag |=B115200; //baud rate
nw.c_cflag |=(CLOCAL|CREAD);
nw.c_cflag &=~PARENB;
nw.c_cflag &=~CSTOPB;//8N1 settings
nw.c_cflag &=~CSIZE;
nw.c_cflag |=CS8;
nw.c_lflag |=~(ICANON | ECHO | ECHOE | ISIG);

if( tcsetattr(fd,TCSANOW,&nw)<0)
printf("%s","error in setting up device\n\n");


printf("%s","trying to read");

bytes=fcntl(fd,F_SETFL,FNDELAY); //to avoid serial port blocking
res=read(fd,buff,100); //trying to read initial setup data-not working
printf("%s","read failed\n");

n=write(fd,"debug d 35 5 0\r",1000); //writing command to WSS
printf("%s","write failed");
return 0;
Old 05-31-2009, 12:57 AM   #2
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The state of your new struct termios, nw, is indeterminate. Try zeroing it before setting bits and bytes.
    bzero(&nw, sizeof(nw));
You probably want to set VMIN & VTIME in the termios, since you are using raw mode. See the Serial Programming Howto, especially the section named 'Non-Canonical Input Processing'. It is hard to predict the right settings for your application without knowing more about the data. The essential problem, as I see it, is that you are going to have to read iteratively, and accumulate and/or parse data as it arrives, since raw mode input cannot know how to break up the input stream in a way that is suitable for your application.
--- rod.


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