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The CSS Tool enables one to play with the total color schema of the Pi-Star software. The combinations are unlimited. Using a comprehensive color table I chose to only change the "border" color…
… from among the following possibilities. See what you think.
Remember to "Apply Changes" to see results. (To return one or a few colors to a default value see this list of default colors.) At the page bottom there is a safety "reset values" to all default colors should your total schema wanders off the rails. Do make a record of your CSS changes as the Pi-Star Configuration > Backup/Restore > Download Configuration ZIP file does not include the color values.
After upgrading and updating Pi-Star on one hotspot's SD card, I made a second SD card for a second hotspot. The first hotspot worked. The second failed to work. It made no sense; I assumed the SD card was the problem. The solution? (Tip of the hat to WB3EHB for suggesting a solution.) Using two Windows SD utilities:
A fringe benefit of this exercise? Making a full SD card image includes all settings and configurations, including those items not saved in a Configuration ZIP file. If you make additional cards for one hotspot, skip step 4.
Pi-Star's scrolling logo, by default, is turned off as of version 4.1.0 rc7 / 20191220. The calls et al continue to be displayed when the talkgroup is active. In the Configuration > Expert > MMDVM Host > OLED section, the default values are now "Type | 3" and the remaining fields are zeros (0's). To turn the scrolling logo back on, change "LogoScreensaver" from 0 to 1. Thanks to Rex, WD0AJG, for sorting out these changes and alerting us to same in the Colorado HD Telegram group.
Adding remote commands to Pi-Star made a few things easier. One can remotely restart Pi-Star if a WiFi connection is lost and shut down the hotspot without removing power. Enter the Expert mode.
-Modify the sections where the fields are marked in yellow.
# Pi-Star Remote config file
# This config file is desiged for the Pi-Star Keeper remote control
# The remote control system is designed to give repeater keepers an
# RF KillSwitch for their repeaters.
# Is the Pi-Star Remote Enabled? (true|false)
# Keepers Information
callsign=W2AAA ← Enter your call. Use all upper case.
# TG commands
Save and exit. Then make changes in the codeplug.
With my dual VFO MD-UV380, I put these commands into VFO B to join Unlink/4000. Otherwise, add Reboot and Shutdown to whatever Zone List contains an Unlink.
For more information on the remote commands, see Remote Commands in the Pi-Star Notes by KE0FHS.
It is normally recommended to use the secure shell (SSH) commands to update both the OS (operating system) and Pi-Star.
Not familiar with the secure shell (SSH) commands? See the how-to by KE0FHS.
Download and.install a new image file. After doing so, run the sudo commands (above) to bring the installation up to date.
Pi-Star's SSH Access provides Linux access to controlling the device. The APT (Advanced Package Tool) is a command-line utility to interact with the packaging system. Read Using APT Commands in Linux for the how-to.