MiCasa Verde (MiOS) DataMine Logging

For my home automation goals, I chose MiCasaVerde VeraLite due to my friend’s recommendation. The VeraLite is a small linux controller that runs the MIDIbox Operating System MiOS and gives a homeowner the ability to easily control lights, security cameras, door locks, alarm systems, and even the thermostat, among many other home systems. For example, you could set your temperature from your mobile device or web browser. I chose this device because of my friend’s experience and the Vera’s compatibly with INSTEON, Z-Wave, and X10 devices and I had previously made a big investment in X10.

Setup was easy and everything worked well with my 2gig CT100 Z-Wave Programmable Thermostat after I completed my initial pairing.

I was happy to see the dataMine Graphing and Logging plugin for my micasaverde veralite, but after mounting my usb, I still couldn’t see any channels.

MiCasaVerde Screenshot

MiCasaVerde Screenshot

First thing was to get SSH access to my account so I could do some troubleshooting. To do that, I had to go to account, tech support and enable remote access. If you do that, you get a message like this:

Tech support full control enabled, access code 34014212-123456 (SSH: SSH_22=27032 TS_SRV=ts2)

And your password is 123456 for the user “remote”. In order to get the root password you need to run:

nvram show | grep pass

You’ll see something like this:


So in this case, shade83forest, is the actual root password.1

In my ssh shell, I was able to see that my mount was correct and available:

/dev/sda1               506.2M     16.5M    464.0M   3% /dataMine

Through using the file command I could tell this was an ext3 partition:

/dev/sda1: Linux rev 1.0 ext3 filesystem data (needs journal recovery) (large files)

I also could get any details on my MiOS version:

Linux MiOS_35017272 #2 Fri Feb 22 04:07:32 PST 2013 mips GNU/Linux

After installing, your /dataMine/ directory should be mounted and have the following files:

/dataMine# ls -l
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root           252 Jan 26 07:38 InternetOk.log
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         27646 Jan 26 07:48 LuaUPnP.log
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root             0 Jan 26 07:38 NetworkMonitor.log
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          2112 Jan 29 06:37 Notifications [R2299].txt
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root           468 Feb  1 06:20 Notifications [R2300].txt
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root           150 Feb  1 06:20 dataMineConfig.json
drwxr-xr-x    2 root     root          4096 Jan 26 07:55 database
drwx------    2 root     root         16384 Jan 26 07:37 lost+found
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            26 Jan 26 07:38 mount_tests
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          2110 Jan 26 07:38 serproxy.log
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root             0 Jan 26 07:48 signal.flag.log
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root            50 Jan 26 07:48 signal.log
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root           414 Feb  1 07:15 sunriseSunset.txt

If I request debugging information (via /port_3480/data_request?id=lr_dmCtrl&control=debug), I get:

First I found the variable I wanted (current temperature) and enabled logging:

Current Settings for HVAC

Current Settings for HVAC

Initially, you don’t get good feedback. I thought I was getting an error and couldn’t get to any logs (see the red exclamation mark where the results should be)



But that should change once events occur and the logging starts.

My debug file has provided the following information:


One problem was that I was getting lots of errors like:

50  02/01/14 12:08:54.833   luup_log:11: dataMine: 1:Unable to open file for read - /dataMine/database/4/raw/2300.txt <0x2d6fa680>

I fixed this this through a little shell script:

cd /dataMine
mkdir database
cd database
for x in 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   
mkdir $x 
mkdir $x/raw
for y in 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 
mkdir $x$y
mkdir $x$y/raw

Here are some initial questions I had:

  • How do I change update frequency? (Answer: You don’t, you record on state changes.)
  • How can I export? (Answer: You ssh to the data directories, and pull out the raw data.)
  • How can I match the scales of two different variables? (This one I don’t know.)

It seems all the data are stored in this structure:

root@MiOS_35017272:/dataMine/database# find . -iname "*.txt"

Pretty basic, even though the data are very straightforward (unix time stamp and value):

root@MiOS_35017272:/dataMine/database# more ./3/raw/2300.txt

Now, I can make these plots:

Display from dataMine app

Display from dataMine app

This is direct from the dataMine app, which has really great browsing capability, but I can’t get the axes to match.

Custom Plot (using MATLAB)

Custom Plot (using MATLAB)

Here is a much better plot with a common axis and appropriate scaling. It is interesting how slowly my house cooled. I need to compare this with local temperatures.

Any thoughts appreciated in the comments.


3 thoughts on “MiCasa Verde (MiOS) DataMine Logging

  1. Read with interest yr article about dataMine and followed yr guidance. I’m up and running and wish to take it to the next level, i.e. Mathlab. Could you share with me which file you used to feed Mathlab and whether you had to manipulate the file to make it compatible. Appreciate some guidance.
    Dick Wismeijer

  2. Just a note: you can match the axis if you put them on the same axis. Save Graph –>Axis. I am graphing setpoint and current temperature on the same graph, with the same axes.

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