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New W0CHP-PiStar-Dash 'System Manager' Function

I’ve added a new feature to my W0CHP-PiStar-Dash software to help scratch yet another personal itch of mine. It’s called the “System Manager”.

You’ll find it in the admin section of the dashboard.

It manages/accomplishes two things (for now):

  1. Disables / Enables the intrusive and slow Pi-Star Firewall. Handy if you already have a decent firewall on your network. Also handy to re-enable it for mobile or off-site use.

  2. Disables / Enables Cron, to allow for late-night/early AM operation without interruptions form the native Pi-Star update and service restart process.

(More system controls may be added in the future.)

Screenshots

System Manager Page

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Admin Page Status Panel

The Firewall, Cron (and many other services/processes) statuses are reflected here at a glance.

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Command Line Goodness!

You can also disable/enable the firewall or cron daemon from command line… Run:

pistar-system-manager -h

…and you will be presented with the following options to chose:

pistar-system-manager usage:

  -h,   --help                     Display this help text.
  -dfw  --disable-firewall         Disable Pi-Star firewall rules and allow all traffic
  -efw  --enable-firewall          Enable Pi-Star firewall rules to defaults and only allow required traffic
  -dc,  --disable-cron             Stop the Cron daemon
  -ec,  --enable-cron              Start the Cron daemon

Ver. # e92ebd8 - Document last updated: 1/22/2022
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