problem with usbtmc-communication

Jerry Hill malaclypse2 at
Wed Dec 12 01:49:26 CET 2012

On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 1:58 AM, Jean Dubois <jeandubois314 at> wrote:
> I found examples in the usbtmc kernel driver documentation (the
> examples there are given in C):

Thanks for that link.  I think it explains how the driver works pretty
well.  I haven't done any work with devices like this, but I see a few
things in those docs that might help.

In their example code, they open the device with: open(“/dev/usbtmc1”,O_RDWR);

That's not exactly the same as what you've been doing.  I would try
opening the file this way in python:
usb_device = open('/dev/usbtmc1', 'w+', buffering=0)

That truncates the file after it opening it, and disables any
buffering that might be going on.

Then, I would try writing to the device with usb_device.write() and  read() attempts to read to end-of-file, and based
on the docs, the driver will work okay that way.  Doing that, along
with turning off buffering when you open the file, should eliminate
any issues with the driver failing to emit newlines someplace.

Personally, I would probably try playing with the device from python's
interactive interpreter.  I think that could shed a lot of light on
the behavior you're seeing.


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