Setup/Configuration for another Magic Mirror

Note: Unfortunately, a glitch from the TV, which sometimes occurred before, seems now to be manifested. The TV doesn't power on anymore, neither using remote control nor buttons. I couldn't find a faulty component on TV circuit board. I will/have to stop this project. However, I have learned a lot, so it was not wasted time. 

General setup

  • Raspberry PI 2
  • SEG ArtColor TV 
  • PIR module (GPIO 17, 18), IR transmitter (GPIO 4)
The PIR module will detect motion. If a motion is sense the TV will be switched on via the IR transmitter (simulation of IR remote). After a predefined timeout periode without further motion the TV will switched off (to standby).

Install and enable lirc

  • install lirc
    sudo apt-get install lirc
  • enable lirc module - edit /boot/config.txt
  • configure lirc - edit /etc/lirc/hardware.conf

Setup IR command to power on/off the TV

  • learn IR command
    irrecord -d /dev/lirc0 ~/lircd.conf
  • copy new file
    sudo cp ~/lircd.conf /etc/lirc/lircd.conf
  • edit the name parameter in /etc/lirc/lircd.conf I choose magicmirror
  • start lirc
    pi@mamomami /etc/lirc $ sudo /etc/init.d/lirc start
    [ ok ] Loading LIRC modules:.
    [ ok ] Starting remote control daemon(s) : LIRC :.
  • check if IR command is available
    pi@mamomami /etc/lirc $ irsend LIST "magicmirror" ""
    irsend: 00000000000043bc KEY_POWER
  • run lirc service on start up
    sudo update-rc.d lirc defaults


Ansible: using numbered backreference followed by digit in lineinfile

While playing around with Ansible I've stumbled over a problem with backreferences followed by a digit.

The problem

I've want to modify some lines in a file like this:
# an example
Lets assume I want to update the xxxx with some values.

A possible ansible playbook may look as follows:
- hosts: localhost
  - name: create file
    copy: src=./demo dest=/tmp/demo

  - name: update xxxx
      dest: /tmp/demo
      regexp: '^(.*)xxxx'
      line:   '\1{{ansible_date_time.year}}'
      backrefs: yes
      state: present

The update task "update xxxx" should inspect the file, search for the line with "xxxx" and replace the "xxxx" while keeping the part in front of it.
But the result is:
# an example

The problem is that the backreference \1 is not resolved as expected but merged with (some) of the year digits. This results in the "P".


To solve it you have to use named groups. A named group is defined by (?P<name>pattern) and can than be reference with \g<1> or \g<name>

The following playbook shows all three variants.
For the example file
# an example
simple backref=xxxx
group backref with number=yyyy
group backref with name=zzzz
the generated output is:
# an example
group backref with number=2016
group backref with name=2016

Update 2019-10-29: Replace inline code by embedded github gist to fix issue with not shown group in example.