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[IMPORTANT] How to use %% timer and is there a replacement for fibaro:sleep



Hello all!


Worst thing with developing for Fibaro is lack of any knowledge database. Please, don't jump immediately and mention e-learning, manuals or developer site because there you can find only some basic information, usually not complete! So, for me, this forum is still the best knowledge base that can be found for Fibaro thanks to experienced members that have no problem with sharing knowledge. I believe I don't need to mention them by name because we all know who they are! I thank them thousand times!!!!


So, I just don't like to use fibaro:sleep any more since ti is not flexible and it doesn't count time that is needed for code to be executed. Due to not precise repeating of Main scene FTBE time for wake up at 06:20h was missed this morning and Angelina didn't wake us up:

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To continue developing next version of Main scene FTBE and all other software I just need HELP to find out if there is a better way to control code execution to avoid such mishits in future.




1) What is %% timer used for in scene header and how to use this feature?

2) How to achieve that code is repeated at exactly same time intervals regardless of amount of code executed?


Any advice in this matter is highly needed and appreciated!

Yours truly Sankotronic

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I found this : 

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 and this: 

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 which is above my comperension 

But sure you already read that.

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The way to do it is to use setTimeout

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Here os.clock is used for some possible better resolution but os.time works too. 

Alternatively, assuming that setTimeout takes a very small amount of time...

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Also look at this old example that schedules functions at hours/sunsets


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doesn't drift and allows to schedule functions/events on relative or absolute time in the future and saves me a lot of headache these days...

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  • Hi @jgab,


    Thank you for suggestion. I had something similar in my head, but I wanted to know if there is even better or simpler way to do it. 

    I'm still processing your event model and I find it very interesting. If you don't mind I'd like to use some of your code snippets?


    But I still want to find out how to use %% timer in scenes? Maybe @A.Socha or @T.Konopka can enlighten me on that matter?


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