Support for Alix LEDs

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    Thank you very much for this software, its great.

    Would like to be able to use the LEDs on Alix boards.

    This board is a perfect fit for Zeroshell so far. It makes DIY router/firewall/Stable AP a breeze.

    OpenWRT has a patch that drives the LEDs but one has to write a script to use the LEDs for now.



    We are using the alixled program for accessing the LEDs. It is available under

    Best regards,

    Albert Brandl


    Would be able to use the LEDs on Alix boards… by the way thank you for the software… I really like it.. you have to write a script to use the LEDs right.. then would you mind sharing us that?


    I didn’t write the software, just provided the link πŸ˜‰

    When you start alixled without arguments, it shows a short
    usage description:

    – alixled led1|led2|led3|all on|off|toggle|state [debug]
    – alixled switch state [debug]

    Up to now I’ve only usedl “alixled led1 on” or “alixled 2 off”, depending on the state
    of the device. Here is a short example that sets the state of the first LED to on or
    off, depending on the online state of the device

    [Perform an online check, e.g. with wget]
    if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
    [path to alixled] led1 on
    [path to alixled] led1 off


    Albert Brandl



    Still on it ?

    It is said everywhere that the GPIO method should rather be used now.

    And usually the goal is to do more than switching a led on/off: for instance I’d like to trigger one with the WAN side traffic, it’s a pain to be missing that on a router/firewall…

    Then it does not work so easily:

    I have found some modules a priori compatible there:
    (the kmod_led* series)

    Who wants to do his ZS Frankenstein with all that ? πŸ˜€

    Best regards.



    I downloaded the program and the source file at:

    Very bad surprise 😯

    Visibly the code was “simplified” from the how-to provided 3 posts above !

    All what it is able to do now is to blink the first led at 1Hz or 10Hz, depending of the presence of any argument.

    Then I explored the parent directories and downloaded the archives there:

    There is a compiled program alix-leds and its source file.

    This one is able to address the 3 leds and use them in various ways:
    – blink slow or fast,
    – show the CPU load or the disk activity,
    – show the state of the network interfaces…

    Unfortunately the state of network is just up/down, not flashing with the activity, so it is quite perfectly useless – unless you have a process randomly touching your NICs and need to monitor how you are configured πŸ˜†

    I could only use it to turn a led on or off by showing the state of a network interface that is always up, or one that does not exist πŸ˜†

    And after that, it is necessary to kill the process because there is not even an option to set a led and exit πŸ˜₯

    The GPIO working on Alix will be really welcome πŸ™

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