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Manage the GPIO lines using the sysfs user interface (deprecated)

GPIO sysfs is the legacy way to manage the GPIO lines under Linux from user space. It uses the directory /sys/class/gpio to set or read any GPIO line. replaced with the GPIO character device.

Inside this directory there are two directories called:

  • export
  • unexport

To manage a GPIO line you have to know its kernel ID. The Kernel IDs of any Acme Systems SoM are available on:

Check the port available by typing this command:

sudo less /sys/kernel/debug/pinctrl/fc038000.pinctrl-atmel_pinctrl/pinconf-pins

The Microchip chips have the GPIO lines organized by 32 bit port called PA,PB, etc.

Before set or read a port you have to export it. Follow an example on how to set, reset and read the port PA1 (Kernel ID 1) from the command line:

Set the line status of GPIO line PA1

sudo sh -c "echo 1 > /sys/class/gpio/export"
sudo sh -c "echo out > /sys/class/gpio/PA1/direction"
sudo sh -c "echo 1 > /sys/class/gpio/PA1/value"

Reset the line status of GPIO line PA1

sudo sh -c "echo 0 > /sys/class/gpio/PA1/value"

Read the line status of GPIO line PA1

sudo sh -c "echo in > /sys/class/gpio/PA1/direction"
cat /sys/class/gpio/PA1/value

The official documentation about the GPIO Sysfs interface is available on:

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