- Enable RFC 2217 (and other URL handlers) in programs using pySerial.
Patch the code where the
serial.Serialis instantiated. E.g. replace:
s = serial.Serial(...)
s = serial.serial_for_url(...)
or for backwards compatibility to old pySerial installations:
try: s = serial.serial_for_url(...) except AttributeError: s = serial.Serial(...)
Assuming the application already stores port names as strings that’s all that is required. The user just needs a way to change the port setting of your application to an
rfc2217://URL (e.g. by editing a configuration file, GUI dialog etc.).
Please note that this enables all URL types supported by pySerial and that those involving the network are unencrypted and not protected against eavesdropping.
- Test your setup.
To test cables, connecting RX to TX (loop back) and typing some characters in serial.tools.miniterm is a simple test. When the characters are displayed on the screen, then at least RX and TX work (they still could be swapped though).
There is also a
spy:://URL handler. It prints all calls (read/write, control lines) to the serial port to a file or stderr. See spy:// for details.
- Example works in serial.tools.miniterm but not in script.
The RTS and DTR lines are switched when the port is opened. This may cause some processing or reset on the connected device. In such a cases an immediately following call to
write()may not be received by the device.
A delay after opening the port, before the first
write(), is recommended in this situation. E.g. a
- Application works when .py file is run, but fails when packaged (py2exe etc.)
py2exe and similar packaging programs scan the sources for import statements and create a list of modules that they package. pySerial may create two issues with that:
- implementations for other modules are found. On Windows, it’s safe to exclude ‘serialposix’, ‘serialjava’ and ‘serialcli’ as these are not used.
serial.serial_for_url()does a dynamic lookup of protocol handlers at runtime. If this function is used, the desired handlers have to be included manually (e.g. ‘serial.urlhandler.protocol_socket’, ‘serial.urlhandler.protocol_rfc2217’, etc.). This can be done either with the “includes” option in
setup.pyor by a dummy import in one of the packaged modules.
- User supplied URL handlers
On POSIX based systems, the user usually needs to be in a special group to have access to serial ports.
On Debian based systems, serial ports are usually in the group
dialout, so running
sudo adduser $USER dialout(and logging-out and -in) enables the user to access the port.
- Support for Python 2.6 or earlier
- Support for older Python releases than 2.7 will not return to pySerial 3.x. Python 2.7 is now many years old (released 2010). If you insist on using Python 2.6 or earlier, it is recommend to use pySerial 2.7 (or any 2.x version).
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