Really NOOB Question. Stopping Magic Mirror App

  • Hi Everyone,

    I am a real noob to both Raspberry Pi’s and Magic Mirror but I’m really excited about this application. I was able to install the app on my Raspberry Pi (with help from MichMich himself!!) and it is running. I’m still configuring the Calendar/Weather (which I have questions about but I’ll search for those first before asking). One thing I’m noticing is that when CNTL-Z the NPM, the screen is still kind of up. How do I “kill” the screen so I can get back to my normal Raspberry Pi desktop?



  • Ctrl W 

    That’s it.

  • Wow…that was easy. Thanks!!!

  • @jtyle6 OMG! I was freaking out that I could not stop it. Thank you so much :)

  • Moderator

    Alternatively, rather than working ON the Raspberry Pi itself, consider using a different computer (like the one you’re sitting at now, to post questions on the forum) to remotely SSH into the Raspberry Pi. Then you don’t have to worry about needing to get back to the desktop on the rPi to do anything. You can trigger everything remotely.

    My rPi is setup so that MagicMirror will come up automatically when it reboots (please read the installation instructions on how to do this.) It does not have neither a keyboard nor mouse that are active on it (with that I mean, the wireless dongle is plugged in, but the keyboard and mouse are turned off, I don’t need them.) If I need to restart the process, or update files, from my windows machine, I use a program called SecureCRT to remotely log into the rPi with SSH. You can use something else, like PuTTY. Note that this is text-only, not a graphical interface. Once logged in, I can do anything/everything from the command line that I would do if I was logged onto the rPi itself with its keyboard and mouse.

    If you really want a desktop environment (I really don’t know why), you can setup VNC on the rPi, and use that to connect. On the Windows side, you can use a free version of RealVNC client to connect to the rPi and you have a desktop.

    Side note: having the rPi on the same network means that together with the display that’s connected on the rPi, I can also launch another instance of MagicMirror on my Windows machine simply by going to 'http://myrpi_address:MM_port', for example, '' (assuming the rPi is at that address.) This allows me to write code and hit refresh on my browser which instantly refreshes, as opposed to constantly restarting the actual process on the rPi. It also allows me to compare. The instance running on the rPi is completely unaffected by the refreshes done on the local browser. So I can make a change, refresh locally, and compare the two, one local, and the other on the rPi’s display. Works great.

  • @KirAsh4 You are a God sent. Thanks to your previous post, I started using Putty.exe and it’s excellent! MagicMirror is my first project and I’m learning so much running into all sort of issues. Google has been my best friend for the last 2 days

  • Moderator

    @MagicCrumps1, tell @MichMich that. He doesn’t pay me enough. Hehehehehe …

  • @KirAsh4 @MichMich Please give this guy a raise.

  • Moderator

    LOL!! Oh this ought to be good. :)

    Seriously though, this is coming from decades of being in the field of computers, coding, working with electronics, designing my own stuff … you tend to pick up a thing or two over the years. Then you start to forget them as you start losing your hair … It’s a harsh reality.

  • MagicMirror Creator

    @KirAsh4 should have gotten a raise. But he recently delayed a pull request in favor of a female-species. Therefor the raise is postponed …

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