January 10, 2016
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openHAB Designer is a utility that I think is worthwhile to add to the environment. It allows the editing of the openHAB configuration files with much more ease that with “sudo nano x” on the RPi itself. I completed my initial installation all from the command line, so I don’t want to hear any commentary on how I should stay true to the platform, I already can do it, now I want to do it easier!
You download the designer on most any platform, my desktop is running windows 10, so I put the program there.
To get to the files on the RPi, I did need to install samba, but that is a fast and easy setup:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install samba samba-common-bin
sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf
Now you will need to add the openHAB info to share the directory:
comment = openhab share
path = /opt/openhab
browseable = yes
read only = no
Save that, and then go and add the samba user:
sudo smbpasswd -a pi
I used the credentials for pi.
The last step will be to restart the services, after which you should be able to map a drive from the windows platform.
sudo service smbd restart
sudo service nmbd restart
You are good to go, just test the mapping from the PC, and you now have a tool that can edit the configuration files, check syntax, and give you a GUI to edit your openHAB installations.