How to Troubleshoot
Hey there beginners like me
I would like to show you, where and how to find errors while installing, using or developing MagicMirror 2.
What we need:
MagicMirror2 from github -> https://github.com/MichMich/MagicMirror installed on a Raspberry Pi.
Try to use the automatic install as described in the Readme.md.
A really good tool to see whats going on behind your MM2 is Firebug -> http://getfirebug.com/
If you run you MM2 as
node serveronlyyou will have a lot of informations.
Connect to your Raspberry using Putty -> http://www.putty.org/
- Start StandaloneServer:
- open your FirefoxBrowser
http://192.168.0.150:8080(replace your Raspy’s IP adresse)
F12to start Firebug
If you are using PM2 you will get informations running these command:
pm2 info mm(replace mm whit your App Name)
pi@raspberrypi:~ $ pm2 info mm Describing process with id 0 - name mm ┌───────────────────┬───────────────────────────────────┐ │ status │ online │ │ name │ mm │ │ restarts │ 5 │ │ uptime │ 3h │ │ script path │ /home/pi/mm.sh │ │ script args │ N/A │ │ error log path │ /home/pi/.pm2/logs/mm-error-0.log │ │ out log path │ /home/pi/.pm2/logs/mm-out-0.log │ │ pid path │ /home/pi/.pm2/pids/mm-0.pid │ │ interpreter │ bash │ │ interpreter args │ N/A │ │ script id │ 0 │ │ exec cwd │ /home/pi │ │ exec mode │ fork_mode │ │ node.js version │ N/A │ │ watch & reload │ ✘ │ │ unstable restarts │ 0 │ │ created at │ 2016-05-13T08:30:59.308Z │ └───────────────────┴───────────────────────────────────┘ Add your own code metrics: http://bit.ly/code-metrics Use `pm2 logs mm (--lines 1000)` to display logs Use `pm2 monit` to monitor CPU and Memory usage mm
Here you’ll find again a lot of informations where to find your error_log or your out_log.
If you create a
console.log("something");debug message or output you’ll be able to see this info using the following command:
tail -f /home/pi/.pm2/logs/mm-out-0.log(replace the path with your paht to log or error file)
This will be continued…
so long Bangee…
- Start StandaloneServer:
Nice work! Feel free to add this to the wiki!
You could also use
pm2 logs mmto get the logs! A bit easier than remembering the file path
If you have any problems regarding a
black screen, always make sure to use jslint.com to validate your
config.js(just paste its content into the website). You can of course also use
firebugas stated above.
If I am debugging code I am writing, is the easiest way to:
-save the module.js files
-run “pm2 restart mm”
-run “pm2 logs mm”
Or is there a different command that will update the code and how the system in running on the fly without having to restart the mirror each time?
you can test your software in a browser using the webserver:
install in firefox a tool called
it will show you errors on the fly.
Changes in node_helper.js requires a restart of your mirror software.
Is there a way to see the log via a module?
One command that has been a lifesaver for me when I’ve munged up the config.js is: “npm run config:check”. The key is to be in the MagicMirror directory when you run it. It’ll check out your config.js and is much more convenient than pasting into jslint.com.
For example here is one instance when I had multiple issues and even left the letter “v” at the bottom of my config.js file (on line 255). I would have never found that…The symptom was some modules would load and other would just say “loading” perpetually.
pi@raspberrypi:~/MagicMirror $ npm run config:check
firstname.lastname@example.org config:check /home/pi/MagicMirror
Checking file… /home/pi/MagicMirror/config/config.js
Line 201 col 24 Duplicate key ‘classes’.
Line 223 col 20 Duplicate key ‘classes’.
Line 255 col 1 Expected an assignment or function call and instead saw an expression.
Line 255 col 2 Missing semicolon.
@Lexingtonian Thank you for that tip with
npm run config:check. Should be in the dev docs…
While trying to debug modules, I’ve been given quite mixed feedback regarding what to use to print messages to console, on either local system or in remote browser DevTools.
So far, I have found the only reliable way that always seem to print something in the browser, is using
console.error(). The others have varied. I’m on MM