Mesaflash Generated Xml compatible with PnCConf

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29 Jul 2020 00:05 #176308 by TheBigLebowski
Is the Xml file that can be generated via mesaflash compatible with PnCConf?

I am going to switch my Tormach from pathpilot to plain old linuxcnc. The Tormach Firmware used in the mesa 5i25 is different than that used in any of the other setups. I know that I can generate an Xml through mesaflash, but I don't know if it is or can be made compatible with PnCConf.

I was thinking this would be the easier route, as I can avoid or at least reduce the need to manually tweak all of setup files generated.

For reference, this is the Tormach Hostmot2. I also have all of the pathpilot hal and ini files.

Configuration Name: HOSTMOT2

General configuration information:

  BoardName : MESA5I25
  FPGA Size: 9 KGates
  FPGA Pins: 144
  Number of IO Ports: 2
  Width of one I/O port: 17
  Clock Low frequency: 33.3333 MHz
  Clock High frequency: 200.0000 MHz
  IDROM Type: 3
  Instance Stride 0: 4
  Instance Stride 1: 64
  Register Stride 0: 256
  Register Stride 1: 256

Modules in configuration:

  Module: DPLL
  There are 1 of DPLL in configuration
  Version: 0
  Registers: 7
  BaseAddress: 7000
  ClockFrequency: 33.333 MHz
  Register Stride: 256 bytes
  Instance Stride: 4 bytes

  Module: WatchDog
  There are 1 of WatchDog in configuration
  Version: 0
  Registers: 3
  BaseAddress: 0C00
  ClockFrequency: 33.333 MHz
  Register Stride: 256 bytes
  Instance Stride: 4 bytes

  Module: IOPort
  There are 2 of IOPort in configuration
  Version: 0
  Registers: 5
  BaseAddress: 1000
  ClockFrequency: 33.333 MHz
  Register Stride: 256 bytes
  Instance Stride: 4 bytes

  Module: QCount
  There are 2 of QCount in configuration
  Version: 2
  Registers: 5
  BaseAddress: 3000
  ClockFrequency: 33.333 MHz
  Register Stride: 256 bytes
  Instance Stride: 4 bytes

  Module: PWM
  There are 2 of PWM in configuration
  Version: 0
  Registers: 5
  BaseAddress: 4100
  ClockFrequency: 200.000 MHz
  Register Stride: 256 bytes
  Instance Stride: 4 bytes

  Module: StepGen
  There are 10 of StepGen in configuration
  Version: 2
  Registers: 10
  BaseAddress: 2000
  ClockFrequency: 33.333 MHz
  Register Stride: 256 bytes
  Instance Stride: 4 bytes

  Module: LED
  There are 1 of LED in configuration
  Version: 0
  Registers: 1
  BaseAddress: 0200
  ClockFrequency: 33.333 MHz
  Register Stride: 256 bytes
  Instance Stride: 4 bytes

Configuration pin-out:

IO Connections for P3
Pin#  I/O   Pri. func    Sec. func       Chan      Pin func        Pin Dir

 1      0   IOPort       StepGen          4        Step/Table1     (Out)
14      1   IOPort       None           
 2      2   IOPort       StepGen          0        Dir/Table2      (Out)
15      3   IOPort       None           
 3      4   IOPort       StepGen          0        Step/Table1     (Out)
16      5   IOPort       None           
 4      6   IOPort       StepGen          1        Dir/Table2      (Out)
17      7   IOPort       PWM              0        PWM             (Out)
 5      8   IOPort       StepGen          1        Step/Table1     (Out)
 6      9   IOPort       StepGen          2        Dir/Table2      (Out)
 7     10   IOPort       StepGen          2        Step/Table1     (Out)
 8     11   IOPort       StepGen          3        Dir/Table2      (Out)
 9     12   IOPort       StepGen          3        Step/Table1     (Out)
10     13   IOPort       None           
11     14   IOPort       None           
12     15   IOPort       None           
13     16   IOPort       QCount           0        Quad-IDX        (In)

IO Connections for P2
Pin#  I/O   Pri. func    Sec. func       Chan      Pin func        Pin Dir

 1     17   IOPort       StepGen          9        Step/Table1     (Out)
14     18   IOPort       None           
 2     19   IOPort       StepGen          5        Dir/Table2      (Out)
15     20   IOPort       None           
 3     21   IOPort       StepGen          5        Step/Table1     (Out)
16     22   IOPort       None           
 4     23   IOPort       StepGen          6        Dir/Table2      (Out)
17     24   IOPort       PWM              1        PWM             (Out)
 5     25   IOPort       StepGen          6        Step/Table1     (Out)
 6     26   IOPort       StepGen          7        Dir/Table2      (Out)
 7     27   IOPort       StepGen          7        Step/Table1     (Out)
 8     28   IOPort       StepGen          8        Dir/Table2      (Out)
 9     29   IOPort       StepGen          8        Step/Table1     (Out)
10     30   IOPort       QCount           1        Quad-IDX        (In)
11     31   IOPort       QCount           1        Quad-A          (In)
12     32   IOPort       QCount           1        Quad-B          (In)
13     33   IOPort       None           

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29 Jul 2020 00:13 #176309 by cmorley
What version of linuxcnc are you using?
In theory mesaflash's XML will work with pncconf - that's what is was made for.
But unfortunately it's XML is slightly different - I think I covered for that...

But if using 2.8 or master there is another way to use that file you posted directly.

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29 Jul 2020 00:19 #176311 by TheBigLebowski
I am running 2.8 on linux mint

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29 Jul 2020 00:34 #176317 by cmorley
feel free to try the XML file or:

if you have the board plugged in and any daughter boards powered:
you can try interrogating the board it's self...

on the start page make sure 'show advanced pages' is clicked on
move along till you get to the mesa page.
now under the boardname combobox the is an entry called 'discovery option'
after selecting it a button will show called 'board discovery'
click it and fill in the details and press ok.
if all goes well the mesa page will be filled out and you can then use pncconf as usual.


Now you can also fool pncconf to use a text file rather then talking to the card.
here is how to do that:

run pncconf from a terminal with this command:
pnccond -d debug

now click help in pncconf
click on the input tab
paste the HISTMOT2 text you posted onto that page.

on the start page make sure 'show advanced pages' is clicked on

move along till you get to the mesa page.
now under the boardname combobox the is an entry called 'discovery option'
after selecting it a button will show called 'board discovery'
click it and fill in the details and press ok.
if all goes well the mesa page will be filled out and you can then use pncconf as usual.

I tried the second method with your text file and it looked like it worked fine.

Chris
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30 Jul 2020 00:37 #176430 by TheBigLebowski
I am running into a couple of problems that I cant figure out.

Using the board discovery option only works when I run PNCconf as root. If I do not run as root, it will generate an error and under the output tab say "You need root privileges (or setuid root) to access PCI Hardware".

Is this normal or is this an install problem on my end?

When I run PNCConf as root, the board discovery option works fine and detects the board as it should. While running as root works to fix that, it causes other more major problems down the line. (For example, the /linuxcnc/configs and /linuxcnc/nc_files both are created as root folders, and linux cnc cant access them. It may also screw up some other things, but I am not sure on that)

Using the hostmot2 text method works fine and does not require you to run pncconf as root.


Both methods leave me with the same result. I think what is happening is it is looking a file that it cant find?

Sample one. Errors pulled from terminal while trying to run the PID Test through PNCconf
nc@nc:~$ pncconf

**** INFO firmware 0 changed
**** INFO firmware 0 changed
**** INFO firmware 0 changed
**** INFO firmware 0 changed
s-stepgen-step None
s-pwm-pulse None
s-encoder-a None
spindle-enable None
spindle-cw None
spindle-ccw None
spindle-brake None
s-pot-output None
s-stepgen-step None
s-pwm-pulse None
s-encoder-a None
spindle-enable None
spindle-cw None
spindle-ccw None
spindle-brake None
s-pot-output None
Note: Using POSIX realtime
config=" num_encoders=2 num_pwmgens=2 num_stepgens=10": dlopen: /usr/lib/linuxcnc/modules/config=" num_encoders=2 num_pwmgens=2 num_stepgens=10".so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
<stdin>:14: waitpid failed /usr/bin/rtapi_app config=" num_encoders=2 num_pwmgens=2 num_stepgens=10"
<stdin>:14: /usr/bin/rtapi_app exited without becoming ready
<stdin>:14: insmod for config=" num_encoders=2 num_pwmgens=2 num_stepgens=10" failed, returned -1
<stdin>:15: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.pwmgen.pwm_frequency' not found
<stdin>:16: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.pwmgen.pdm_frequency' not found
<stdin>:17: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.watchdog.timeout_ns' not found
HAL: ERROR: function 'hm2_5i25.0.read' not found
<stdin>:18: addf failed
HAL: ERROR: function 'hm2_5i25.0.write' not found
<stdin>:23: addf failed
<stdin>:42: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.step_type' not found
<stdin>:43: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.control-type' not found
<stdin>:44: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.position-scale' not found
<stdin>:45: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.steplen' not found
<stdin>:46: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.stepspace' not found
<stdin>:47: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.dirhold' not found
<stdin>:48: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.dirsetup' not found
<stdin>:50: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.maxaccel' not found
<stdin>:51: parameter or pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.maxvel' not found
<stdin>:52: Pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.enable' does not exist
<stdin>:53: Pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.velocity-cmd' does not exist
<stdin>:54: Pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.position-fb' does not exist
<stdin>:55: Pin 'hm2_5i25.0.stepgen.00.velocity-fb' does not exist


Sample 2. Error when you try and launch Linuxcnc using the auto generated setup.
Error report created by /usr/lib/tcltk/linuxcnc/show_errors.tcl:

Print file information:
RUN_IN_PLACE=no
LINUXCNC_DIR=
LINUXCNC_BIN_DIR=/usr/bin
LINUXCNC_TCL_DIR=/usr/lib/tcltk/linuxcnc
LINUXCNC_SCRIPT_DIR=
LINUXCNC_RTLIB_DIR=/usr/lib/linuxcnc/modules
LINUXCNC_CONFIG_DIR=
LINUXCNC_LANG_DIR=/usr/lib/tcltk/linuxcnc/msgs
INIVAR=inivar
HALCMD=halcmd
LINUXCNC_EMCSH=/usr/bin/wish8.6
LINUXCNC - 2.8.0~pre1
Machine configuration directory is '/home/nc/linuxcnc/configs/TEST1'
Machine configuration file is 'TEST1.ini'
INIFILE=/home/nc/linuxcnc/configs/TEST1/TEST1.ini
VERSION=1.1
PARAMETER_FILE=linuxcnc.var
TASK=milltask
HALUI=halui
DISPLAY=tklinuxcnc
COORDINATES=XYZ
KINEMATICS=trivkins coordinates=XYZ
Starting LinuxCNC...
Starting LinuxCNC server program: linuxcncsvr
Loading Real Time OS, RTAPI, and HAL_LIB modules
Starting LinuxCNC IO program: io
Starting HAL User Interface program: halui
Found file(REL): ./TEST1.hal
Shutting down and cleaning up LinuxCNC...
Running HAL shutdown script
hm2: loading Mesa HostMot2 driver version 0.15
hm2: unloading
Removing HAL_LIB, RTAPI, and Real Time OS modules
Removing NML shared memory segments

Debug file information:
Note: Using POSIX realtime
config=" num_encoders=2 num_pwmgens=2 num_stepgens=10": dlopen: /usr/lib/linuxcnc/modules/config=" num_encoders=2 num_pwmgens=2 num_stepgens=10".so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
./TEST1.hal:9: waitpid failed /usr/bin/rtapi_app config=" num_encoders=2 num_pwmgens=2 num_stepgens=10"
./TEST1.hal:9: /usr/bin/rtapi_app exited without becoming ready
./TEST1.hal:9: insmod for config=" num_encoders=2 num_pwmgens=2 num_stepgens=10" failed, returned -1
4822
Stopping realtime threads
Unloading hal components
Note: Using POSIX realtime



-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Info report created by linuxcnc_info:
The file:    /tmp/linuxcnc_info.txt
can be posted to a forum or a web site like:
     http://pastebin.com
in order to provide information about the linuxcnc
system and configuration.

                Date: Wed Jul 29 18:34:40 EDT 2020
            UTC Date: Wed Jul 29 22:34:40 UTC 2020
        this program: /usr/bin/linuxcnc_info
              uptime: 18:34:40 up 1:18, 1 user, load average: 0.17, 0.17, 0.18
     lsb_release -sa: LinuxMint Linuxcnc Uspace Powered by Linux Mint 19.2 Tina 19.2 tina
      which linuxcnc: /usr/bin/linuxcnc
                 pwd: /home/nc/linuxcnc/configs/TEST1
                USER: nc
             LOGNAME: nc
                HOME: /home/nc
              EDITOR: 
              VISUAL: 
            LANGUAGE: en_US
                TERM: dumb
           COLORTERM: 
             DISPLAY: :0
             DESKTOP: mate
        display size: 1920x1080 pixels (508x285 millimeters)
                PATH: /usr/bin:/home/nc/linuxcnc/configs/TEST1/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games

uname items:
         nodename -n: nc
      kernel-name -s: Linux
      kernel-vers -v: #1 SMP PREEMPT RT Thu Mar 5 00:02:34 AEDT 2020
          machine -m: x86_64
        processor -p: x86_64
         platform -i: x86_64
      oper system -o: GNU/Linux

/proc items:
             cmdline: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.19.106-rt44-lcnc root=UUID=b576e09e-7c03-4e54-91d8-6f38c7096c56 ro quiet splash isolcpus=1,2,3 vt.handoff=1
          model name: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570 CPU @ 3.40GHz
               cores: 4
             cpu MHz: 1870.338
             parport: 
              serial: 0000-0000 : serial

Versions:
                 gcc: gcc (Ubuntu 7.5.0-3ubuntu1~18.04) 7.5.0
              python: Python 2.7.17
                 git: git version 2.17.1
          git commit: NA
                 tcl: 8.6
                  tk: 8.6
               glade: not_in_PATH
          glade-gtk2: not_in_PATH

linuxcnc_var all:

     LINUXCNCVERSION: 2.8.0~pre1
LINUXCNC_AUX_GLADEVCP: /usr/share/linuxcnc/aux_gladevcp
LINUXCNC_AUX_EXAMPLES: /usr/share/linuxcnc/aux_examples
            REALTIME: /etc/init.d/realtime
                 RTS: uspace
          HALLIB_DIR: /usr/share/linuxcnc/hallib

dpkg -l '*linuxcnc*':
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                Version                      Architecture Description
+++-===================-============================-============-=====================================================================
un  linuxcnc            <none>                       <none>       (no description available)
un  linuxcnc-dev        <none>                       <none>       (no description available)
un  linuxcnc-doc        <none>                       <none>       (no description available)
ii  linuxcnc-doc-en     1:2.8.0~pre1.5821.g7525a1528 all          motion controller for CNC machines and robots (English documentation)
un  linuxcnc-sim        <none>                       <none>       (no description available)
un  linuxcnc-sim-dev    <none>                       <none>       (no description available)
ii  linuxcnc-uspace     1:2.8.0~pre1.5821.g7525a1528 amd64        motion controller for CNC machines and robots
ii  linuxcnc-uspace-dev 1:2.8.0~pre1.5821.g7525a1528 amd64        PC based motion controller for real-time Linux



Any thoughts? I am not sure where to start on it.
If it tells you anything, I get the same error on a virtual machine. From what I can tell the setups for standardized mesa firmware work fine, so I think it is a problem isolated to the non standard mesa firmware.

Thanks,
Shawn

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30 Jul 2020 00:54 #176432 by cmorley
Yes don't run pncconf with sudo.
You must have a slightly old version of 2.8 - the sudo-for-pci-card problem was fixed maybe a week or so ago.
use the text method until you update.

can you post the config files it created.

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30 Jul 2020 01:09 #176435 by cmorley
if you look in the TEST1.hal file look for
loadrt    config=" num_encoders=2 num_pwmgens=2 num_stepgens=10"

change it to:
loadrt hm2_pci  config=" num_encoders=2 num_pwmgens=2 num_stepgens=10"

See of that helps
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30 Jul 2020 01:28 #176441 by TheBigLebowski
It no longer produced the error testing on a VM. I will try it out on the actual computer tomorrow.

Thank you for the help.

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