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New "gpio" config command

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:12 pm
by PhilE
The latest firmware - build date 21/03/18 or later - includes a new config.txt command for configuring pins at boot time. It can be considered an easier alternative to a custom dt-blob.bin for applications that don't need to reassign the named pins (e.g. "LAN_RUN") or create custom clocks.

The new command is called "gpio", and the syntax is based on the raspi-gpio utility. Each line applies the same settings (or at least makes the same changes) to a set of pins, either a single pin ('3'), a range ('3-4'), or a comma-separated list of either ('3-4,6,8'). The pins are followed by an '=', then one or more comma-separated attributes from this list:

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      ip - Input
      op - Output
      a0-a5 - Alt0-Alt5
      dh - Driving high (for outputs)
      dl - Driving low (for outputs)
      pu - Pull up
      pd - Pull down
      pn/np - No pull
gpio commands are applied in order, so those appearing later override those appearing earlier.


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      # Select Alt2 for GPIOs 0 to 27 (for DPI24)

      # Set GPIO12 to be an output set to 1

      # Change the pull on (input) pins 18 and 20

      # Make 17 to 21 inputs
Pins configured by this command are not reserved in any way, so they won't stop kernel drivers or the user-space sysfs GPIO interface from claiming and using them.

The "gpio" command respects the "[...]" section headers in config.txt, so it is possible to use different settings based on the model, serial number and EDID.

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