Raspberry Pi LCD program

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download the program source from http://www.bitwizard.nl/software/bw_lcd.c

You will need a kernel with spidev enabled and the raspberry pi SPI driver included. See Raspberry pi spi kernel

This program works well with the rpi_serial board http://www.bitwizard.nl/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=25&products_id=69 and the spi_lcd board: http://www.bitwizard.nl/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=89 .

Command line arguments

 SPI options: 
 -D <device>       SPI device to use. default: /dev/spidev0.0
 -s <speed>        speed to use on the SPI bus default 0.5MHz. 
 -d <delay>        delay between bytes. default: 15 us. 
 LCD options:
 -a <addr>          address of display, defaults to 0x82
 -p <c>,<l>         Jump to line <l> and character <c>
 -t <text>          print text
 -T <c>,<l> <text>  Print tekst starting at line <l> character <c>. 
 -b < b >           Adjust backlight level
 -c <c>             Adjust contrast
 -C                 clearscreen 
 -f <file>          display text from file (not implemented yet).
 general bw SPI options: 
 -r <reg>           
 -v <val>           set register to value. Requires -r.

Example commands

Print current date on line 0:

bw_lcd -p 0,0 -t `date +%m/%d/%Y`

Print the text "Hello World" on line 1, character 2:

bw_lcd -T 2,1 "Hello World"

Print the contents of "textfile":

bw_lcd -f textfile

Write two different strings to two daisy-chained displays:

bw_lcd -a 82 -T 0,0 display0
bw_lcd -a 84 -T 0,0 display1

My Pi runs the following script every minute:

#! /bin/sh

./bw_lcd -a 80 -C
./bw_lcd -a 82 -C
./bw_lcd -a 80 -T 0,0 'My wlan0 IP is'
./bw_lcd -a 80 -T 0,1 `/sbin/ifconfig wlan0 | sed '/inet\ /!d;s/.*r://g;s/\ .*//g'`
./bw_lcd -a 82 -T 0,0 'My eth0 IP is'
./bw_lcd -a 82 -T 0,1 `/sbin/ifconfig eth0 | sed '/inet\ /!d;s/.*r://g;s/\ .*//g'`

This prints the IP addresses of both network interfaces on my two displays.