Pi-Star Hot Spot to Hot Spot connectivity?

General support for the Pi-Star System
VK5BB
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:31 am

Pi-Star Hot Spot to Hot Spot connectivity?

Post by VK5BB »

Hi,

I am not sure whether this is the correct area, as I am a D-Star user.

However, prior to the upgrade to 4.1.4, I was able connect my hot spot directly with another hot spot with the call sign, module and Link command eg: VK5KHZBL. Also other remote hot spot users were able to link directly to my hot spot as well. These connections showed on the Admin D-Star Link Information Dashboard.

I am presuming that this was that if a hot spot has been on line long enough, their IP address has been added to the Host File lists. I regularly run "Update" to keep these files updated.

Now since I have upgraded to 4.1.4, I do not seem to be able to Link to another hot spot? I did have one remote user Link to my hot spot after my upgrade but that was prior to him upgrading. I am not sure what his status is at the moment.

Is there a 'switch' somewhere that I am missing? (such as in Configuration | Expert | MMDVMHost | D-Star ???)

Appreciate any help or advice,

73 Ben VK5BB
User avatar
MW0MWZ
Site Admin
Posts: 1332
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:15 pm
Location: Wales, UK
Contact:

Re: Pi-Star Hot Spot to Hot Spot connectivity?

Post by MW0MWZ »

This is callsign routing in the D-Star world, it still works, but...

OpenQuad took down the old server, you can move to the new one, just head to the config page, turn off callsign routing, apply, turn it back on, apply and you will move over to the new server and should be once again able to route.
Andy

73 de MW0MWZ
http://pistar.uk
VK5BB
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:31 am

Re: Pi-Star Hot Spot to Hot Spot connectivity?

Post by VK5BB »

Hi Andy,

Thanks for the answer, but it did not work at this time??

Drilling into the Host Files, I noticed that the DExtra_Hosts.txt is not updating and is empty?? ( /usr/local/etc/DExtra_Hosts.txt)

Previously when I was able to link my Pi-Star hot spot to another Pi-Star hot spot, we noticed that the link was via DExtra, so could this be the problem?

Thanks for you help and support,

73 Ben VK5BB
User avatar
MW0MWZ
Site Admin
Posts: 1332
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:15 pm
Location: Wales, UK
Contact:

Re: Pi-Star Hot Spot to Hot Spot connectivity?

Post by MW0MWZ »

My host file is full of the usual entries, not sure why yours is not, what version of Pi-Star is this?
Andy

73 de MW0MWZ
http://pistar.uk
VK5BB
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:31 am

Re: Pi-Star Hot Spot to Hot Spot connectivity?

Post by VK5BB »

Hi Andy,

V4.1.4

73 Ben VK5BB
VK5BB
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:31 am

Re: Pi-Star Hot Spot to Hot Spot connectivity?

Post by VK5BB »

Oh, and I have run Updates, several times.

Ben VK5BB
VK5BB
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:31 am

Re: Pi-Star Hot Spot to Hot Spot connectivity?

Post by VK5BB »

I have checked, the DPlus_Hosts.txt and the DPlus_Hosts.txt.20210303 and they are both fully loaded.
The DExtra_Hosts.txt and the DExtra_Hosts.txt.20210303 both have header message but no call sign or IP address listings?

73 Ben VK5BB
VK5BB
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:31 am

Re: Pi-Star Hot Spot to Hot Spot connectivity?

Post by VK5BB »

Hi,
Some further information. A friend, Charlie VK5VC and I have manually loaded the call sign with respective IP addresses into the DExtra_Hosts.txt file located at root.

We are both running Pi-Star V4.1.4 and are only using the D-Star mode of operation.

We then ran "Update" and we were then able to connect our hot spots together, again.

So the system does still work, provided respective call signs and IP addresses are "in the system".

Several times after running "Update", I have checked both the DExtra_Hosts.txt and the DExtra_Hosts.txt.date files located at /usr/local/etc and found that they were empty, only with the text header information and no listings. The two DPlus_Hosts files seem to be fully loaded.
Charlie has confirmed that the files in his Pi-Star system are also empty.

It seems that with the upgrade to V4.1.4, that there is something "broken" and "Update" does not download data from the Pi-Star website to update the DExtra_Hosts.txt files

73, Ben VK5BB
KE7FNS
Pi-Star Team
Posts: 1805
Joined: Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:11 pm

Re: Pi-Star Hot Spot to Hot Spot connectivity?

Post by KE7FNS »

VK5BB wrote: Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:00 am Several times after running "Update", I have checked both the DExtra_Hosts.txt and the DExtra_Hosts.txt.date files located at /usr/local/etc and found that they were empty, only with the text header information and no listings. The two DPlus_Hosts files seem to be fully loaded.
Charlie has confirmed that the files in his Pi-Star system are also empty.

It seems that with the upgrade to V4.1.4, that there is something "broken" and "Update" does not download data from the Pi-Star website to update the DExtra_Hosts.txt files
Whens the last time you updated and checked on those two files?

Both of mine seem to be populated, and have a creation date of:

DExtra_Hosts.txt
# File created at Sunday 7th of March 2021 08:17:29 AM UTC

DExtra_Hosts.txt.20210307
# File created at Saturday 6th of March 2021 06:17:28 PM UTC

So they have been updating on their own on my main system for 2 days now.

Pretty odd that they would be empty on your guys systems. Do your empty ones list a creation date?

Even the one currently on the pi-star webserver is populated.
http://www.pistar.uk/downloads/DExtra_Hosts.txt
Its showing a creation date of
# File created at Monday 8th of March 2021 02:17:29 AM UTC

So it appears that the listing is built every 2 hours or maybe every hour and the 17 minute mark.
If someones previous actions are any indication of their future actions, then I predict the deletion and removal of access will happen at any moment. 7-11-2020.

"07/13/20 This Website Has Been Taken Down" ... again :lol:
VK5BB
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:31 am

Re: Pi-Star Hot Spot to Hot Spot connectivity?

Post by VK5BB »

Hi Jason,

Thanks for your response.

Thursday 11 March 0910 UTC

Since we have found problems linking pi-star hot spot to pi-star hot spot, as we previously have been able, most times I fire up my hot spot, I have been running "Update".

I ran it again just before this reply and then check both versions of the DExtra_Hosts.txt ( /usr/local/etc ) and both files are effectively empty with only the three lines at the top as below,

DExtra_Hosts.txt

# DExtra_Hosts.txt downloaded from http://www.pistar.uk/downloads/DExtra_No$
# Please report issues at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pistarusergroup/
# File created at Thursday 11th of March 2021 08:17:22 AM UTC

DExtra_Hosts.txt.20210311

# DExtra_Hosts.txt downloaded from http://www.pistar.uk/downloads/DExtra_No$
# Please report issues at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pistarusergroup/
# File created at Tuesday 9th of March 2021 02:17:31 AM UTC

Below the above three lines is empty in both files.

Current version of Pi-Star is V4.1.4

73, Ben VK5BB
Post Reply