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GPIO triggered by retroachievements?



  • is it possible to toggle one or more GPIO pins when a Retroachievment is completed?
    Or when you get a new highscore?
    I know the obvious answer is that if the emulator outputs something then its possible, but would anyone know how to do it ? I am making a cabinet, which will have rgb lighting iluminating the floor under it and the wall behind it, and it would be sweet as if I could make it flash a different colour for a while if a new high score is reached.

    Any thoughts? @meleu



  • @spruce_m00se said in GPIO triggered by retroachievements?:

    Any thoughts? @meleu

    yes, launch RetroArch with --verbose and find a way to check runcommand.log. We just have to find an elegant way for that checking, an infinite loop would be a very ugly approach.
    (edit: I found the elegant way and posted here)

    When you earn a cheevo, you'll see something like this on the log:

    RetroArch [INFO] :: CHEEVOS awarded achievement 30444
    RetroArch [INFO] :: CHEEVOS awarding cheevo 30436: From The Grave To Your Plate (Get a platinum relic in Hoppin' Coffins.)
    


  • so do you get a visual notification onscreen that you got the cheevo? and assumedly there is a website (from what I remember reading) that gets updated with your list?

    so obviously for now its not realtime. with the highscore, maybe there is some way to register when the game over has happened? thats normally when a highscore is registered right ?
    how does the emlator update the log? could it be programmed into that part that aswell as update the log it blips a GPIO pin for a while?



  • @spruce_m00se said in GPIO triggered by retroachievements?:

    so do you get a visual notification onscreen that you got the cheevo?

    Didn't you never got a cheevo? Suggestion: start Metroid (NES) and go left to grab the Morph Ball. You'll see what happens. (edit: use QuickNES for this test)

    But I'm afraid you can't trigger GPIO with something happening on the screen, right?

    and assumedly there is a website (from what I remember reading) that gets updated with your list?

    Trying to simplify:

    • RetroArch asks to retroachievements.org if the game X has cheevos (based on the ROM's hash).
    • the website gives the game's achievements list to RetroArch.
    • once RetroArch gets the list, the communication between both ends stops
    • when you do what is needed to earn the cheevo, RetroArch
      • shows a message on the screen;
      • if you're running RetroArch with --verbose it writes that message on the log;
      • tries to register your cheevo on the site;
        • if RetroArch can't register you earned the cheevo on the site, it keeps trying until it succeed or RetroArch terminates.

    so obviously for now its not realtime.

    If you find a way to make your "GPIO manager" check the logs, then you can make it virtually realtime.

    with the highscore, maybe there is some way to register when the game over has happened? thats normally when a highscore is registered right ?

    Well, if you're talking about cheevos, that question doesn't make sense, I'm afraid...

    how does the emlator update the log?

    Realtime. It keeps the file opened and keeps writing in it.

    could it be programmed into that part that aswell as update the log it blips a GPIO pin for a while?

    Yes, but you would need to change the RetroArch code itself. I think it would be overengineering. I think you can get what you want with python and/or bash more easily.



  • Following @meleu advice, you could write a simple script based on tail and grep, or take a look at swatch (raspbian package).



  • @sano I've googled trying to find an "elegant" way to check updates on a file in realtime and no infinite loop. And looks like the inotify-tools worths a try.

    Maybe you'll need to install it:

    sudo apt-get install inotify-tools
    

    You guys can find some inspiration in this question and the first answer:
    https://superuser.com/questions/181517/how-to-execute-a-command-whenever-a-file-changes



  • @meleu AFAIK (but I may be wrong) tail -f use inotify if no sleep interval is specified ;)



  • @sano looks like using tailf has a little advantage over tail -f

    Look what I found on man tailf:

           tailf  will print out the last 10 lines of the given file and then wait
           for this file to grow.  It is similar to tail -f but  does  not  access
           the  file  when  it  is  not  growing.  This has the side effect of not
           updating the access time for the file, so a filesystem flush  does  not
           occur periodically when no log activity is happening.
    
           tailf  is  extremely  useful  for monitoring log files on a laptop when
           logging is infrequent and the user desires that the hard disk spin down
           to conserve battery life.
    

    Buuuuut, we would need to pipe the output of that command to a grep looking for awarded cheevos and then trigger the command to do GPIO magic. I have no idea how we could do that.

    The answer on that superuser.com link I posted makes me believe that using inotify-tools has a good solution for that. But I didn't have a chance to try it yet (away from my Linux now).



  • So from the looks of it, RetroArch must monitor the state fo the game, and when a criteria is met, it awards the cheevo and tries to contact the website to update your profile?
    so it would seem that the same piece of code that causes retroarch to contact the website or display the onscreen achievment notification, could in theory toggle the GPIO pin.

    And nope , i havent played around with the achievements yet. I will do.



  • @spruce_m00se said in GPIO triggered by retroachievements?:

    So from the looks of it, RetroArch must monitor the state fo the game, and when a criteria is met, it awards the cheevo and tries to contact the website to update your profile?

    Yes. Pasting here what I said above putting in bold what I want you to pay atention:

    • when you do what is needed to earn the cheevo, RetroArch
      • shows a message on the screen;
      • if you're running RetroArch with --verbose it writes that message on the log;
      • tries to register your cheevo on the site;
        • if RetroArch can't register you earned the cheevo on the site, it keeps trying until it succeed or RetroArch terminates.

    so it would seem that the same piece of code that causes retroarch to contact the website or display the onscreen achievment notification, could in theory toggle the GPIO pin.

    Well, I really think that doing what you want via bash (or maybe python), checking the log, is a way simpler than implementing a custom C code in RetroArch. But if you really feel confident for implement this in C, then go ahead. The source code file you need to edit in RetroArch is cheevos/cheevos.c.



  • @meleu is that source code file available for view on a windows pc? whilst away from the pi. I will have a butchers at it, I have only dont programming in arduino, but you never know, I may be able to work it out.



  • @spruce_m00se said in GPIO triggered by retroachievements?:

    @meleu is that source code file available for view on a windows pc?

    You can see it on any device with a browser and internet access:
    https://github.com/libretro/RetroArch/blob/master/cheevos/cheevos.c

    But man... Look what happenned when Vegeta saw the difference in difficulty between doing what you want changing RetroArch code in C and writing a small script to check the logs:

    over9000



  • @meleu hahahahahahahaha vegetas a girl anyway



  • @meleu do you know who wrote the code for the cheevos?



  • static void cheevos_unlocked(void *task_data, void *user_data, const char *error)
    {
    cheevo_t *cheevo = (cheevo_t *)user_data;

    if (error == NULL)
    {
    RARCH_LOG("CHEEVOS awarded achievement %u.\n", cheevo->id);
    }

    starting at line 2126, this seems to show signs of being a good place to start looking. maybe the code needed to do the GPIO pin can be added to an IF statement somewhere.



  • @spruce_m00se said in GPIO triggered by retroachievements?:

    @meleu do you know who wrote the code for the cheevos?

    @spruce_m00se yes, this guy here wrote the most part (maybe 95% or more). I wrote some small contributions (other libretro guys too). And Twinaphex is like a quality control boss of RetroArch code (the one who merge most of the PRs).

    If you by chance convince leiradel to insert such code in cheevos.c (wich I think very hard), I'm pretty sure that Twinaphex wouldn't merge it in the master branch.

    Keep in mind that RetroArch is intended to run in several platforms/architectures. Like Raspberry Pi, x86, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, Android, etc... The application you want is a really really really edge case for a little niche of RetroArch users in Raspberry Pi...

    Please, tell me: why not bash/python?



  • @meleu said in GPIO triggered by retroachievements?:

    Please, tell me: why not bash/python?

    @spruce_m00se well, you didn't give me the answer to that question but you know, this is about cheevos and shell scripting... How can I sleep when there's something related with these two subjects pending?

    Here is a prove of how simple is to make what you want via bash:

    #!/bin/bash
    # This script is just a proof of concept of what is being discussed here:
    # https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/11793/gpio-triggered-by-retroachievements
    #
    # Before using this script you need to install inotify-tools:
    #    sudo apt-get install inotify-tools
    #
    # meleu - July/2017
    
    readonly file=/dev/shm/runcommand.log
    
    while inotifywait -qq -e modify "$file" ; do
        if tail -1 "$file" | grep "CHEEVOS awarding cheevo"; then
            echo "PUT HERE THE COMMAND TO FLASH THE FANCY LIGHTS! YOU GOT A CHEEVO!!"
        fi
    done
    


  • @meleu Ooh, that's nifty. I bet I could use this to trigger some kind of popup that's more akin to what you'd see on a PlayStation or X-Box.


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