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[QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:47 am
by cwempe
I created my first QPKG for the home automation solution openHAB.


What is openHAB?
openHAB is a software for integrating different home automation systems and technologies into one single solution that allows over-arching automation rules and that offers uniform user interfaces.

This means openHAB
  • is designed to be absolutely vendor-neutral as well as hardware/protocol-agnostic
  • can run on any device that is capable of running a JVM (Linux, Mac, Windows)
  • lets you integrate an abundance of different home automation technologies into one
  • has a powerful rule engine to fulfill all your automation needs
  • comes with different web-based UIs as well as native UIs for iOS and Android
  • is fully open source
  • is maintained by a passionate and growing community
  • is easily extensible to integrate with new systems and devices
  • provides APIs for being integrated in other systems

Download (v1.7.1 and older): ... aring#list

openHAB on Google Groups: ... N1kHT6POsJ

Any kind of feedback is welcome. :)

btw: I still don't know how to provide additional information (like description and screenshot) in the App Center.

Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:44 pm
by teilmeier
Hi Christoph,

thanks for your work until now. I've been struggling around with a startup routine for openHAB since days.

To provide you further help it would be nice if you could change the following line in your qpkg.cfg file:

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This will enable me to install the package on my ARM-based QNAP.

To add additional information like description, screenshot, forum and download link you have to add the plugin information to the following files:

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(Depending on your HDDs and QNAP model you have to replace "HDA_ROOT" with your active HDD mount point for example "MD0_DATA")

As far as I know there is no automatic step in the routine to maintain this information because the file is provided by QNAP containing only plugins which are available in the App Center.

Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:08 pm
by teilmeier
To support file system structures of other QNAP models I modified the variables section of your file as follows:

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# Variables
publicdir=`/sbin/getcfg Public path -f /etc/config/smb.conf`
if [ ! -z $publicdir ] && [ -d $publicdir ];then
   publicdirp1=`/bin/echo $publicdir | /bin/cut -d "/" -f 2`
   publicdirp2=`/bin/echo $publicdir | /bin/cut -d "/" -f 3`
   publicdirp3=`/bin/echo $publicdir | /bin/cut -d "/" -f 4`
   if [ ! -z $publicdirp1 ] && [ ! -z $publicdirp2 ] && [ ! -z $publicdirp3 ]; then
      [ -d "/${publicdirp1}/${publicdirp2}/Public" ] && BASE="/${publicdirp1}/${publicdirp2}"

if [ -f "$QPKG_PATH/JRE_ARM/jre/bin/java" ];
elif [ -f "$QPKG_PATH/JRE/jre/bin/java" ];
  echo "Java executable not found."


The first modification finds the .qpkg folder by determinating where the public folder is. The second change I made is on the path to the java executable (not sure if the full path is required or simply "java ... -jar" is enough). The last change is on the relative paths. I modified them to absolute ones.

Does openHAB automatically start when your QNAP is starting? On my QNAP it doesn't. I always have to run the script via shell. Maybe it's because I only added a dummy QPKG package which points to the startup script.

It would be nice if you could integrate my modifications into your package. As far as I can see this should make the package ARM-compatible.

Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:18 am
by cwempe
Thanks for your feedback and suggestions.
In my opinion it is to complicated to edit the qpkgcenter_eng.xml.
It is not worth it, I think.

Regarding the JRE path: I tried that.
Unfortunately the JRE path is not listed in the environment variable $PATH if the App Center runs the deamon.
It works however if you manually execute the start script.
This kept me clueless for a couple of days, actually. ;)

I updated the package with your code and uploaded it again.

Download: ... sp=sharing

Changelog of build from 2014/07/22 22:13
  • [new] more command line parameters
    mow available: start|startdebug|forcestart|forcestartdebug|restart|restartdebug|stop|status
    *debug starts the debug mode of openHAB
    force* starts the deamon even the qpkg is diabled in the App Center
  • [new] service ports (http, htpps, telnet, debug) can be configured in ../configurations/openhab.ports
    so customized ports wont be overwritten when the start script gets updated
  • [new] support for ARM devices
    by adding "JRE_ARM" as optional requirement and looking for the actual JRE path (thanks to teilmeier)

Not tested on ARM device, yet!

EDIT: Yes, openHAB starts after a reboot.

Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:13 am
by cwempe
I just realized there is another issue.

OpenHAB shows a wrong timezone.

All my logs and persitened data are -2 hours off.
In germany we have UTC+2.

Executing "date" in CLI and the QNAP web interface show the right time.

Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:33 am
by cwempe
Found the problem and fixed it.
source: viewtopic.php?f=252&t=45994&start=165#p233325

CHangelog for build from 2014/07/22 23:31
  • [fix]did not use correct time zone

Download updated.

Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:52 pm
by teilmeier
Thanks for the update. The package runs fine on my ARM-based QNAP.

Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:14 am
by cwempe
Updated to v1.5.1.
Download in first post.

Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:35 pm
by pcoenen
Hi Christoph,

Looks like you did a nice job and I can't wait to try it out. Unfortunately I can't seem to access the file:

"Sorry, you can't view or download this file at this time.

Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently. Please try accessing the file again later. If the file you are trying to access is particularly large or is shared with many people, it may take up to 24 hours to be able to view or download the file. If you still can't access a file after 24 hours, contact your domain administrator."

Any hope for me you could make the file available somewhere else, or email it to me directly?


Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:00 am
by cwempe
I wonder what the limit of Google Drive is.

But I added a mirror in the first post.

Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:26 am
by gruijter
On my Qnap TS119plus I have installed JRE_ARM (v8.0.1), and openHAB v1.5.1 using your qpkg. When clicking on the "open" button in the QNAP app center a new tab opens in my browser: http://[ip-address]:8082/

I however get an error as pasted below. I do not know how to proceed from here. Can you please help?




Problem accessing / Reason:

Sitemap 'demo' could not be found

Caused by:

org.openhab.ui.webapp.render.RenderException: Sitemap 'demo' could not be found
at org.openhab.ui.webapp.internal.servlet.WebAppServlet.service(
at org.eclipse.equinox.http.servlet.internal.ServletRegistration.service(
at org.eclipse.equinox.http.servlet.internal.ProxyServlet.processAlias(
at org.eclipse.equinox.http.servlet.internal.ProxyServlet.service(
at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(
at org.eclipse.jetty.servlet.ServletHolder.handle(
at org.eclipse.jetty.servlet.ServletHandler.doHandle(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.session.SessionHandler.doHandle(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ContextHandler.doHandle(
at org.eclipse.jetty.servlet.ServletHandler.doScope(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.session.SessionHandler.doScope(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ContextHandler.doScope(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ScopedHandler.handle(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.ContextHandlerCollection.handle(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.HandlerCollection.handle(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.handler.HandlerWrapper.handle(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.Server.handle(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.AbstractHttpConnection.handleRequest(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.AbstractHttpConnection.headerComplete(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.AbstractHttpConnection$RequestHandler.headerComplete(
at org.eclipse.jetty.http.HttpParser.parseNext(
at org.eclipse.jetty.http.HttpParser.parseAvailable(
at org.eclipse.jetty.server.AsyncHttpConnection.handle(
at org.eclipse.jetty.util.thread.QueuedThreadPool.runJob(
at org.eclipse.jetty.util.thread.QueuedThreadPool$

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Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:39 am
by cwempe
It is ok.
There is no sitemap available in the pakage.

You need to manually install the demo pakage from openhab or brows to an existing sitemap (see the url) you already configured.

Since I cannot know what sitemaps the users will have I used the demo one.
It is the most likely working URL. Even the demo pakage is not provided here.

Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:14 am
by gruijter
Thanks for the quick reply. Sorry for being a complete noob, but how do I install the demo package on the Qnap?


Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:23 am
by cwempe
Download the demo pakage:
Unpack and copy to: /share/MD0_DATA/.qpkg/openHAB

This path may varie for different QNAPs.

Re: [QPKG] openHAB - The open Home Automation Bus

Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:34 am
by gruijter
Yes, I got the demo to work on my TS119P+ and can connect to it using my Android phone. It took me some time to find out how to upload to the Qnap using Putty over SSH and the CommandLineInterface. I'm still not sure if this is indeed the most efficient way of doing it, but it works!

The location of the files on my Qnap is: /share/HDA_DATA/.qpkg/openHAB

I will now try to activate the Dropbox sync, so that I do not have to use Putty and CLI anymore to further configure openHAB, but can "drag-and-drop" into my dropbox folder.

@cwempe: Thanks for your work on the qpkg, and your support. I hope you continue to work on future qpkg's for new releases of openHAB.