Raspberry Pi alarm clock server.
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# sonar
Sonar is an alarm clock server designed to run on a Raspberry Pi, but it could
just as well work anywhere.
For the alarm clock it plays a list of media files from the filesystem. By
default it will use the `mplayer` command.
# Usage
./sonar [-listen]
Sonar has no authentication system. It listens on localhost by default and you
should put a proxy like nginx in front with HTTP Basic Auth or whatever.
It will create its config on first startup.
# Features
It listens on an HTTP service and shows a GUI on the homepage where you can
toggle the volume settings, start/stop the alarm clock playlist, and see/change
the scheduled alarm times.
The clock is controlled over simple RESTful API. You just post to these
* `/volume/higher`: increase volume by 5% (default)
* `/volume/lower`: lower volume by 5%
* `/volume/mute`: toggle mute status
* `/playlist/start`: start the playlist (doesn't stop automatically!)
* `/playlist/stop`: stop the playlist
Example to start the playlist via `curl`:
$ curl -X POST http://localhost:8000/playlist/start
# Screenshots
# How It Works
The config file specifies the shell commands to run to launch your media player,
volume changing commands, etc.
When the playlist starts, the Go app shuffles the files in your media folder
and feeds them one by one to your media player command (`mplayer` by default).
To stop the playlist, it kills the current mplayer task and stops.
When you save a schedule for the alarm clock, it will create and install a
crontab entry for the user running the app. The cron entry hits the API server
to start the playlist at the desired time, and then, an hour later, it stops
it the same way.
## Crontab
The schedule system installs into the user's local crontab. The cron entries
just post back to the API service, like:
30 5 * * * curl -X POST
30 6 * * * curl -X POST
The stop command is installed one hour after the start.
The user's local crontab is **overwritten** by the one Sonar installs. To keep
custom crontab entries, place them into the `crontab.in/` directory.
All custom user crontabs are concatenated together ahead of Sonar's cron entries.
The `000-header.cron` is the standard Debian cron header and tends to be installed
on top.
# Installation
## Supervisor
There's an example supervisor config in the `etc/` folder.
Add it to supervisor and put nginx in front with Basic Auth.
# Makefile
* `make setup` to fetch dependencies.
* `make build` to build the binary to `bin/`
* `make dist` to build a distribution for your current setup
* `make run` to run it in debug mode
* `make watch` to run it in debug mode, auto-reloading (sometimes flaky control over mplayer tho!)
* `make pi` to build a zipped distribution for Raspberry Pi.
See [Cross Compile for Raspberry Pi](#cross-compile-for-raspberry-pi)
# Configuration
The config file will be in your system's native location, which is
`~/.config/sonar.json` on Linux environments.
After running the app once, it will save its default configuration to disk.
The defaults are fine for PulseAudio setups but you may want to revise it to
be sure.
A default config file looks like this, annotated:
"cookieName": "session", // name of HTTP session cookie
"mediaPath": "./media", // path of media files (like .mp3) to shuffle and play
"mediaCommand": [
// The command to actually play the media. Use %s where the filename goes.
"volUpCommand": [
"0", // Sink number, from `pactl list-sinks`
"+5%" // 5% step
"volDnCommand": [
"0", // Sink number
"volMuteCommand": [
"volStatusCommand": [
// How to get the volume status. The command
// should output just a value like: 56%
"pacmd dump-volumes | grep \"Sink 0\" | egrep -o '([0-9]+)%' | head -1"
// scheduled alarm time by default
"hour": 6,
"minute": 30,
"days": [
"1", "2", "3", "4", "5"
## Cross Compile for Raspberry Pi
Use the `make pi` command to build a distribution for Raspberry Pi.
If you get permission errors when trying to download the standard library for
ARM64, make and chown the folders as a workaround:
sudo mkdir /usr/lib/golang/pkg/linux_arm
sudo chown kirsle:kirsle /usr/lib/golang/pkg/linux_arm
make pi
rsync -av sonar.pi
It outputs a `sonar-pi.zip` that you can scp over and run.
# License
Noah Petherbridge © 2018