I've been wanting to get Siri up and running with my Home Automation system for quite a while. I tried and failed last year, but recently attacked the problem again; this time with great success. Not only did I get it running on 4 versions of Linux (long story), but also on my Raspberry PI. Further, I now have it integrated with my Home Automation system. (The approach I chose for this should work with virtually any Home Automation system.) The instructions in this article will get you up and running--virtually guaranteed--in under 30 mins. If you don't want to start from scratch, you can download a 250MB VMware appliance with it fully installed. All that's required are a few minor config changes for your own IP address. In Part 1, we'll cover the basics (using a Linux VM). In Part 2, we'll cover Raspberry PI installation. In Part 3, we'll cover Home Automation integration.

Siri Home Automation Integration from Start to Finish <br>Part 1 - The Basics (using a Linux VM)

Mark Anderson - HomeToys.com

Filed Under - Lighting And Automation Systems

Part 1 - The Basics (using a Linux VM)

Intro

After trying and failing to get SiriProxy up and running last year, I was inspired to get it working on my Raspberry PI by this article, but had much grander plans. There have been lots of posts about installing a SiriProxy, but a lot are very specific applications that don’t interest me (using GPIB to open a garage door for example) or there have been too many vagaries in the instructions: usually because your environment is different from the authors. My aim is to remedy this so that mere mortals can enjoy tinkering with Siri.

As expected, while following the instructions in the above article, everything didn’t go as expected. Further, in addition to installing on my Raspberry PI, I installed the SiriProxy on a Linux VM while tinkering with MythTV. Having now installed this over a dozen times on several distro’s of Linux and discovered there are slight nuances with each, I’m pretty experienced with the SiriProxu installation and configuration process.

In this article, I’ll show where to download a 55MB VMWare appliance and provide all the instructions to have a siri proxy server up and running (guaranteed) in about 30 mins. (On my last run through, it took me about 10 minutes.) I also include instructions to install it on a Raspberry PI running Raspian—Debian Wheezy. This takes a few hours, as the Raspberry is much slower: Ruby install takes over an hour. That said, functions perfectly once installed.

In addition, I'll give you download links to my guaranteed virus/spyware free (to the best of my knowledge) working LinuxVM and Raspberry PI image. All that’s needed for these to be deployed is to change an IP address in one file, install the certificate on your phone and you’ll have a working SiriProxy server in about 10 minutes. For those who prefer this approach, skip to the downloads section.

Skills Required

You should be able to complete this with little or no Linux knowledge. For those who are totally new to Linux, I’ve include a section called “Linux Fundamentals”, which includes a few helpful tips for getting around.

I’m no expert on Linux; however, I worked in R&D about 10 years ago and developed an automated benchmarking tool entirely with UNIX shell scripts. The tool could control from one to (theoretically) an unlimited number of IBM RS6000 machines running IBM’s AIX operating system. I also developed a number of tools with shell scripts. That said, everything I developed was for turnkey systems that had no communications with the outside world, so I never had to be too concerned with security, etc. I’ve also forgotten most of it. Over the last few weeks, I’ve unintentionally re-learned a lot of this.

I’m assuming you’re running a bash shell, but I don’t think there’s anything in the commands that wouldn’t work with other shells (other than a few things related to .bash_profile)

NOTE: if you transfer any scripts from windows to UNIX use dos2unix to fix line endings (see installing dos2unix)

My Configuration

There’s nothing special about my configuration.

  • iPhone 5 (6.0.2)
  • VMWare Player 5.0.2 on Windows 8

Linux Distros

I’ve successfully got the SiriProxy working on the following.

  1. VMWare - Jeos VMWare Applicance (Ubuntu 12.04LTS) - 55MB download!
  2. VMWare - LinuxMint14 with Mate (Ubuntu 12.10)
  3. VMWare - Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop
  4. RapsberryPI (Model B, 2GB SD Card) - Debian Wheezy

These instructions focus on No 1, as it’s such a small download (but no GUI). I’ve included some tips you may need if you’re using one of the other distros mentioned. There are also instructions for Raspberry installation below

How Does the SiriProxy Work?

When you say something to Siri, it simultaneously sends it to Apple’s server and sends it a recognition engine on the iPhone to see if it’s something that can be executed locally (like “Open Safari” or “Play Stairway to heaven”)

If the command can be serviced locally, the server request is cancelled. If not, it waits for a response from the server.

When the SiriProxy server is installed (and the iPhone is pointed at it) it essentially behaves as a local recognition engine on the LAN. Instead of commands being sent to the Apple server, they are sent to the local SiriProxy. If they are recognized there they respond to the phone (as if it’s Apple's server), if not, they are forwarded to Apple’s server as normal.

This essentially gives us a precedence:

  1. iPhone
  2. SiriProxy
  3. Apple Server

When integration with a Home Automation system, No 1 can be a real pain as commands like “Open…”, “Play…”, etc. are interpreted by the iPhone as commands to run apps or play songs/videos.

Installation

If you’re using the 55MB Jeos (pronounced "juice") download then start here. The key commands are in red, so if you want skip all the verbage, just run the commands in red.

If you’re using your own VM. Skip ahead to “Main SiriProxy Install”. (You may want to create a user called “siri”. If not, just make sure you swap your user name anywhere you see “/home/siri/”.) There are a few things you made need to do. These are highliighted in green.

If you’re using my pre-configured VM, go to the downloads section and follow the instructions there.

Installing the Linux Virtual machine

Download and install VMWare Player (Windows) or VMWare Fusion for Mac

Download Virtual Appliance and Unzip (https://solutionexchange.vmware.com/store/products/12-04-lts-jeos-ubuntu )

Go to VMWare Player, Select Open a Virtual Machine, browse to extracted folder and open the VM (Ubuntu-12.04-LTS-Jeos-1.0.ovf)

Click Virtual Machine Settings

  • Allocate RAM (I’m using 1GB on 8GB host PC, you can probably use much less)
  • Set networking to Bridged mode (very important)

That’s it. Click "Play Virtual Machine" and voila!, a Linux VM is running

Linux Configuration

We’ll need to do the first few steps as root. Once we get sudo installed, we’ll switch to a regular user. If any of the commands prompt for confirmation, say yes.

	Login as user: root password: root

An Easier to use Editor than vi

Most people aren’t that comfortable with the vi editor, so the first thing we’ll do is get an easier to use editor. Before doing this, we’ll update our packager manager sources so it has all the latest info. If you’re OK with vi, skip this. Even with nano, it’s unlikely your number pad will work, so use the numbers on the main keyboard when editing.

Update Package Manager Sources

    apt-get update

Editor

Skip this if comfortable with vi

    apt-get install nano

Update Package Sources

Now we’ll edit our Package Source list (required later to get dnsmasq). There were a lot of changes in dns and dhcp in 12.04 and later. So I just installed dnsmasq as normal. This will fail if the sources are not updated. (If anyone knows how to setup the DNS entries correctly with Network Manager in 12.04 and later, I’d be grateful for the instructions.)

    nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Change the line in this file from:

    deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main

to

    deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main universe restricted multiverse

Save and Exit (Ctrl-O, Enter, Ctrl-X)

Now update sources again

    apt-get update

Create hosts file

    nano /etc/hosts

Add a line containing the following (or whatever hostname you like) then save and exit

    127.0.0.1 ubuntu

Get sudo

It’s considered poor practice to do everything as root (su). The best practice is to add a user to the sudo group, which will allow them to execute commands as su. (e.g. sudo reboot). First we’ll install sudo:

    apt-get install sudo

Create a new user

Add user for siri (this can be any user, I just setup a dedicated user called “siri: so I could remember it easily. I also set my password to “siri”)

    adduser siri

Add to sudo group

    adduser siri sudo
    Logout (Ctrl-D) and log back in as user siri

Install Ancillary Packages

These are just a bunch of things that I find makes it easier. Skip any you feel you don’t need.

OpenSSH Server

I prefer to use SSH instead of running a terminal in the in VM (easier to copy and paste and don’t have to keep pressing Ctrl-Alt to get the mouse out of the VM and back into windows). You can skip this step if you’re happy to use a terminal.

    sudo apt-get install openssh-server

Now, it’s possible to ssh to the VM. TerraTerm is great and free SSH/Telnet client

Find out IP address

In order to connect we need to find out IP address

    ifconfig

Look for IP address next to eth0 and inet addr

If it’s not on same network as your PC/Mac, you probably didn’t enable bridged mode. (See instructions above.) Close the VM and change network setting then restart VM.

Main SiriProxy Install

I’ve added a user named siri (see creating a VM). If you’re using a different user, anywhere you see “/home/siri” replace “siri” with your user name and check items in green.

Start here if you’ve already got a distro installed (i.e. not using the Jeos VM). The key commands are in red, so if you want skip all the verbage, just run the commands in red.

If you’re not using Jeos you may need to be running a login shell for this.

One common way to check is to run:

    echo $0

If the result starts with a “-“ (i.e. “-bash”) it’s a login shell.

If it doesn’t start a login shell:

    bash -l

or

    bash --login

Networking

You’re going to need a static IP or DHCP reservation. If you use DHCP, setting up a reservation is best. To find the Mac address and current IP run ifconfig (as shown above). Do this first and then reboot (or restart the networking services if you know how) before continuing.

1. Install Required Packages

    sudo apt-get install dnsmasq ruby build-essential openssl libreadline6 libreadline6-dev curl git-core zlib1g zlib1g-dev libssl-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-0 libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libxml2-dev libxslt-dev autoconf libc6-dev ncurses-dev automake libtool bison subversion
    

Select ‘y’ to continue.

2. Edit DNS

(You can skip this if you have another DNS server on your network and can configure it there.)

    sudo nano /etc/dnsmasq.conf

Find the line starting with: #address=/double-click.net/127.0.0.1 (use Ctrl-W to search)
Add a new line redirecting the Apple’s Siri server to your Linux VM’s IP

    address=/guzzoni.apple.com/192.168.168.63

Save and exit (Ctrl-O, Enter, Ctrl-X)

Restart dnsmasq

    sudo /etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart

Test DNS is resolving correctly

    ping guzzoni.apple.com

as soon as you see an IP address (almost immediately).

    Ctrl-C

This should return Apple’s IP address (I got 17.174.8.16). Apple blocks ICMP, so the pings will timeout just make sure it resolves into a 17.x.y.z address.

If it doesn’t, it’s DNS issue and on Ubuntu 12.04 onwards, it’s probably a conflict a conflict with network manager. See “Problem XXX” below). (I’d be eternally grateful if someone could tell me how to do this step correctly when running NM on 12.04+)

3. Install RVM

    bash < <(curl -s  https://raw.github.com/wayneeseguin/rvm/master/binscripts/rvm-installer)

Don’t worry about the warning in red, the next two commands take care of it

Load RVM as a function and update profile

    [[ -s "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" ]] && . "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm"
    echo '[[ -s "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" ]] && . "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" # Load RVM function' >> ~/.bash_profile
    rvm install 1.9.3 

(answer “Y” to all prompts – takes quite a while to run)

Don't worry if you see two messages saying failed to make directories. It's always worked for me, despite these.

Set Ruby 1.9.3 as default

    rvm use 1.9.3 --default

4. Install the SiriProxy

    git clone git://github.com/plamoni/SiriProxy.git
    cd SiriProxy 

Select 'y' to warning to continue.

    mkdir ~/.siriproxy
    cp ./config.example.yml ~/.siriproxy/config.yml
    rake install
    echo 'export rvmsudo_secure_path=1 ' >> ~/.bash_profile
    source ~/.bash_profile 

5. Generate Certificates

    siriproxy gencerts

6. Install the Certificate on your iPhone

You can use any mechanism to get it to the iPhone. As I’m using TerraTerm, I just used SSH SCP (File menu -> SSH SCP…)

Another great alternative (if you’ll be doing a lot of editing on your local machine is WinSCP):

E-mail the certificate yourself, click it and install on phone (ignore warning about it being untrusted)

7. Run Bundler

    rvmsudo siriproxy bundle

8. Start the server

    rvmsudo siriproxy server
        

A message should appear saying something like:

    Starting SiriProxy on 0.0.0.0:443..
    SiriProxy up and running.

9. Set DNS server on phone

The last step is to point your iPhone at your DNS server. This will be the Linux VM's IP unless you are using an external DNS server.

  1. Got to Settings -> Wi-Fi
  2. Click the blue arrow next to your connection
  3. Enter the Linux VM's IP

10. Test

Press and hold the home button.

(If you got an error—highly likely, see the fixes below – especially InvalidByteSequence)

Say the exact phrase “Test Siri Proxy”. It should respond with exactly “Siri Proxy is up and running”. The output on the terminal should be something like this:

    Create server for iPhone connection 
    start conn #, @zip_stream=#, @consumed_ace=false, @name="iPhone",
    @ssled=false>
    [Info - Plugin Manager] Plugins laoded: [#>]
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: LoadAssistant
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SetRestrictions
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SetRestrictions
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: ClearContext
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SetSessionObjects
    [Info - Guzzoni] Received Object: AssistantLoaded
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: StartSpeechRequest
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SetRequestOrigin
    [Info - User Location] lat: XX.07408038900973, long: -YY.70323611215576
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SpeechPacket
    [Info - Guzzoni] Received Object: SetConnectionHeader
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SpeechPacket
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SpeechPacket
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SpeechPacket
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SpeechPacket
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SpeechPacket
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SpeechPacket
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SpeechPacket
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SpeechPacket
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SpeechPacket
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: SpeechPacket
    [Info - iPhone] Received Object: FinishSpeech
    [Info - Guzzoni] Received Object: SpeechRecognized
    [Info - Plugin Manager] Processing 'Test Siri proxy '
    [Info - Plugin Manager] Processing plugin #
    [Info - Plugin Manager] Matches (?i-mx:test siri proxy)
    [Info - Plugin Manager] Applicable states:
    [Info - Plugin Manager] Current state:
    [Info - Plugin Manager] Matches, executing block
    [Info - Plugin Manager] Say: Siri Proxy is up and running!
    [Info - Plugin Manager] Sending Request Completed

Running the proxy after initial power on

Make sure you’re in a login shell (echo $0). If not run bash -l.

    cd SiriProxy
    rvmsudo siriproxy server

If you want to connect to a headless server, start the server, then disconnect, use one of these methods. I prefer tmux.

  • nohup
  • screen
  • tmux

Using tmux

  1. ssh or telnet to server
  2. run tmux
  3. start siriproxy server
  4. close ssh/telnet
  5. reconnect via ssh or telnet
  6. tmux attach

Adding Functionality

Simple Messages

In order to extend the functionality,you need to edit the siriproxy-example.rb in the plugin directory. If you’re running a GUI, use a decent graphical editor. If not, you can copy to PC/Mac, edit and copy back. Way easier if you’re making extensive changes. WinSCP is great for this

    sudo nano ~/SiriProxy/plugins/siriproxy-example/lib/siriproxy-example.rb

Then simply copy and paste “listen_for” sections:

See “Home Automation Integration” for more examples.

After changing the config, the SiriProxy needs updating – run:

    siriproxy update .

(Note the period. This will cause the update to use the local clone of the repo instead of going to github. Saves a few seconds).

    rvmsudo siriproxy server

Running Linux Commands

This is the way I’m integrating with my Home Automation System (more on that later)

    “Puts %x{ }” runs the command between braces. (back ticks also work).

Alternatively, the system function can be used:

    system("ssh root@192.168.168.23 shutdown -h now")

Adding Plug-ins

I have a Radio Thermostat CT-30 which is the same as the one that the original developer of the Proxy has, so I downloaded this. If you’ve worked with Ruby, Bundler and git before, the instructions on the site will probably make sense. Unfortunately, it made little sense to me, so here are the exact steps I figured out:

    sudo nano ~/.siriproxy/config.yml

Uncomment the following lines and change the IP to match your thermostat’s. Note: the column alignment and spacing are critical on this, so make sure you match the example.

    - name: 'Thermostat'
      git: 'git://github.com/plamoni/SiriProxy-Thermostat.git'
      host: '192.168.168.200'

If the lines are not there, copy from the config.yml at https://github.com/plamoni/SiriProxy-Thermostat

If you want a local copy for updates, use git clone

    cd ~/SiriProxy
    siriproxy update
    rvmsudo siriproxy server

Test by entering a phrase such as “Get Thermostat Status” or “Set Thermostat to 72 degrees”

A list of other plug-ins can be found here: https://github.com/plamoni/SiriProxy/wiki/Plugins

Known Errors and Fixes

InvalidByteSequenceError

It’s extremely likely that the first time you test, you’ll get an error on the Linux host when you hold down the home button

    /home/siri/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p374@SiriProxy/gems/CFPropertyList-2.2.0/lib/rbBinaryCFPropertyList.rb:217:in `encode': "\xDD" followed by "n" on UTF-8
    (Encoding::InvalidByteSequenceError)

This seems to be due to CFPropertyList-2.2.0 being downloaded in place of CFPropertyList-2.1.2. I’ve seen various suggestions for a fix (google it). I know this is not the right way to do it, but it worked every time. We’re basically downloading CFPropertyList-2.1.2 and copying its contents to the 2.2.0 directory.

    gem install CFPropertyList -v 2.1.2
    sudo cp -r ~/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p374@SiriProxy/gems/CFPropertyList-2.1.2/* ~/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p374@SiriProxy/gems/CFPropertyList-2.2.0
    rvmsudo siriproxy server

siriproxy: No such file or directory

You’re in the wrong directory. Run

    cd ~/SiriProxy

(see “Running the proxy after initial power on”)

Config.yml not found

If you get a message saying “config.yml not found. Copy config.example.yml to config.yml, then modify it.” Make sure it’s there. If it is there, it’s probably because it’s looking in /root/.siriproxy directory (because of rvmsudo). This can be fixed by making a symbolic link to /root/.siriproxy

    sudo ln -s ~/.siriproxy /root/.siriproxy

zlib(finalizer): the stream was freed prematurely (after very fast scrolling of error messages)

This error is a DNS issue. This is because guzzoni.apple.com is resolving to your local IP and not apple.

It shouldn’t happen if you’re using Jeos as Network-manager is not installed. If you’re using a normal distro of Ubunto 12.04 or 12.10, this should help. I don’t fully understand the issue (here’s a full explanation: http://www.stgraber.org/2012/02/24/dns-in-ubuntu-12-04/ ) and wasted a lot of time trying to find out how to enter the equivalent DNS entry in 12.04.

I don’t recall the exact steps, but I’m pretty sure it was

    sudo nano /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf

comment out the line: dns=dnsmasq

    sudo restart network-manager
    sudo apt-get remove --purge resolvconf

Other suggested fixes are here:

https://github.com/plamoni/SiriProxy/issues/79

https://github.com/plamoni/SiriProxy/issues/385

https://github.com/plamoni/SiriProxy/issues/56

Other Good Sources Installation/Configuration Info

https://github.com/plamoni/SiriProxy/wiki/Installation-How-Tos

In Part 2, we'll cover how to install SiriProxy on the Raspberry PI, and in Part 3, we'll look at Home Automation integration.

 

Downloads

If you don't have the time or inclination to start from scratch, you can download a fully configured working VMWare Appliance or Raspberry PI image, change a few settings and be up and running.

VM Installation

These only require the free version of VMWare. (The Mac and Windows downloads below are identical.)

 

Mac OS X
(VMWare Fusion)

Windows
(VMWare Player)

Raspberry PI
  1. Download the VMWare ZIP (239MB)
  2. Select File -> Import
  3. Browse to the vmx and select it
  4. Click "Upgrade" (if prompted)
  5. Select "I copied it" when prompted
  6. Leave networking set Bridged
  7. Click the "Play" or "Power On" button
  1. Download the VMWare ZIP (239MB)
  2. Select "Open a Virtual Machine"
  3. Browse to the vmx and select it
  4. Click "Upgrade" (if prompted)
  5. Select "I copied it" when prompted
  6. Leave networking set Bridged
  7. Click "Play the Virtual Machine"
  1. Download the SD Image (7-zip format) (423MB)
  2. Extract the .img
  3. Use an image copying tool to copy the image to an SD card (MINIMUM 8GB) - (See Part 2 for imaging the SD card)
  4. Insert into Raspberry
  5. Power On

 

Configuration

Once you reach the login prompt the procedure should be the same for all three platforms

    login as siri
    password siri

1. IP address

run ifconfig to find IP address
Make this static or setup a DHCP reservation. If you change it from it's initial address, reboot (sudo reboot)

2. DNS

edit dnsmasq and enter your VM's new IP

    sudo nano /etc/dnsmasq.conf 

Find the line containing guzzoni.apple.com (use Ctrl-W to search) and change IP

    address=/guzzoni.apple.com/192.168.168.63 

Save and exit (Ctrl-O, Enter, Ctrl-X)

Restart dnsmasq

    sudo /etc/init.d/dnsmasq restart 

Test DNS is resolving correctly

    ping guzzoni.apple.com 

Type Ctrl-C as soon as you see an ip address (almost immediately)
This should return Apple’s IP address (I got 17.174.8.16). Apple blocks ICMP, so the pings will timeout just make sure it resolves into a 17.x.y.z address.

3. Install certificate

e-mail yourself the certificate from (see step 6 in part 1 for methods)

    /home/siri/.siriproxy/ca.pem

install on phone

4. Point iPhone DNS at VM

The last step is to point your iPhone at your DNS server. This will be the Linux VM's IP unless you are using an external DNS server.

  1. Got to Settings -> Wi-Fi
  2. Click the blue arrow next to your connection
  3. Enter the Linux VM's IP

5. Start server

    cd ~/SiriProxy
    rvmsudo siriproxy server

6. Test

Press and hold home button

Say exactly "Test Siri Proxy

It should respond with exactly “Siri Proxy is up and running”

For those who want to learn how to install the SiriProxy on a Rasberry PI, continue to Part 2. For details about integrating the SiriProxy with other systems (such as Home Automation systems), see Part 3.

 

Linux Fundamentals

For those of you who’ve never used Linux, here’s a few tips. Generally, it’s considered bad practice to do anything as the super user (root). On most installs, you will have to run sudo to run a command with super user if you’re running as the super user, jut leave “sudo” off the commands below

Reboot

    sudo reboot

Shutdown

    sudo halt

Copy and Paste

On mist Linux GUI’s (Linux Mint is one exception), you highlight the text you want to copy and right click to paste. If you’re using something like TerraTerm, copy the text from Windows/Mac and right click to paste in the terminal session

Login shells

It’s important that most of this is executed under a login shell. You can usually tell if you’re in a login shell by running the command echo $0. If the first character is a “-“ it’s a login shell. (See this article for info.). This is generally an issue if you’re running a terminal session in a Linux GUI. if you’re using my VM or Raspberry image, no need to worry about it.

Editing

You cannot use Ctrl-C., Ctrl-V to copy and paste in a command shell. See “Copy and Paste” above. It’s unlikely you’re number pad will work (unless you’ve specifically configured it), so stick to the number keys on the main section of the keyboard.

Use a GUI editor if running full distro

If you have a desktop environment (such as Gnone, XDE, Mate, etc.). Use a graphical editor instead of vi or nano. It’ll normally be under accessories.

Editing Files/Scripts on a PC

If you are doing this, I’d recommend something like Notepad++, which has syntax coloring. Make sure you do one of the following when transferring files to Linux:

  • Save with Linux line endings
  • Convert during transfer
  • Run dos2unix (or fromdos) after transferring

Finding Files

To find a file use the command:

    find / -name siri* -print (find anything from root down starting with “siri”)

To find a command use

    whereis ifconfig

Running Commands Scripts

If it’s not in your search path it won’t run! If I want to run a script in my current directory 9and it’s not in the search path, I need to use

   ./script.sh

Home Directory

~ is a shortcut for your home directory. If I’m logged in as “siri”, the following are equivalent

    cd ~/SiriProxy and cd /home/siri/SiriProxy

Repeating a Command

Up arrow will scroll backwards through commands.

History is a great tool. This will display all your previous commands. (To display a page at a time, pipe the results to 'more'. To limit results to a specifc string, pie the results to 'grep'. See this article for examples.)

    history 
    ...
    31 sudo nano /etc/hosts
    32 sudo nano plugins/siriproxy-example/lib/siriproxy-example.rb
    ...

To re-run 32 use:

    !32

Here endeth Part 1. For those who want to learn how to install the SiriProxy on a Rasberry PI, continue to Part 2. For details about integrating the SiriProxy with other systems (such as Home Automation systems), see Part 3.

 

About Mark

Mark Anderson is a software consultant. In his spare time, he's and avid Home Theater and Home Automation enthusiast and a regular contributor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (11)

Posted by Joseph Smith on 12/19/13, 10:29 PM

Hi Greg I am having an issue with receiving my certificate from the .pem file. It keeps saying "permission denied". Any suggestions

Posted by Member on 08/21/13, 01:16 PM

Sorry about the broken links guys --- my bad. All fixed now.

Posted by Bob Ahlers on 08/13/13, 01:29 AM

Hi Mark, I wanted to download the fully configured VMWare image but it seems the links is dead, anyway you could help fix this?

Posted by Steve Kuehner on 07/22/13, 05:24 PM

At the risk of sounding stupid but the SD image is a .COM file extention after I extract it with 7zip. Any idea?

Posted by DV M on 06/24/13, 02:46 AM

Hi Mark,great work!yes can you tell me,the sd image that we can download for the raspberry application,do i download the file extract it copy the ".img" file onto the blank sd card and then follow the instructions from "Configuration" on this page? I have extracted the sd image from this site it says its a "MS DOS application" is this correct?Sorry i am new to this please can you assist me,Kind Regards DV

Posted by Mark Anderson on 03/30/13, 05:53 AM

Hi Jon I never update anything except the ~/SiriProxy/plugins/siriproxy-example/lib/siriproxy-example.rb. Unfortunately, I know little about Ruby, so the whole update/bundle stuff is a bit vague for me. I've had that happen once or twice and either ran bundle or update again Regards Mark

Posted by Mark Anderson on 03/30/13, 05:51 AM

Hi Tom Sorry about the delay. Only thing I can think of is that the card sizes are slightly different. I included the link to the one I bought, so I'd try that brand. I've imaged mine several times

Posted by Mark Anderson on 03/30/13, 05:50 AM

Hi Greg The VM definitely has the .ca file; however, I'm not sure if it's link to any hardware, so it's best to regenerate. I ran through the intructions MANY times, so I know they're correct. Sounds like you missed a step. I know it's a bit of work, but I'd start over

Posted by Greg Simpson on 03/29/13, 02:14 PM

Hi Mark, Very nice thing you've done here. I did have one problem, and am wondering if you can provide some guidance? the VM did not contain a .ca file. I followed the instructions for the non-VM system and tried to run siriproxy gencerts but that failed as well since the .lock file had no permissions - looked like root owned it. Can you get me out of the woods here? Thanks

Posted by Tom H on 03/06/13, 08:29 PM

Mark, this is really a great solution, however, the SD image for the RPi does not fit on a 8GB card; I tried it twice.. Any idea why?

Posted by Jon Danforth on 02/09/13, 11:02 PM

Mark, THANK YOU for this incredible article. I bought a Raspberry Pi specifically for hacking with little projects like this. I have a question. You say to edit ~/SiriProxy/plugins/siriproxy-example/lib/siriproxy-example.rb which I am able to do however the changes aren't reflected even after updating. I found that instead I had to edit /home/siri/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p374@SiriProxy/gems/siriproxy-0.3.3/plugins/siriproxy-example/lib/siriproxy-example.rb Once I applied changes to THAT file things started happening. If I edit the config.example.yml file, however, I find that the path is ./plugins/siriproxy-example which is consistent with your instructions. Am I doing something wrong (highly likely)? I am using the Raspberry Pi image you provided (thank you!). Thanks! Jon

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