I am trying to edit the timer of heartbeat trigger on RPi Zero. I have found original .c file of kernel driver here https://github.com/raspberrypi/linux/blob/rpi-5.4.y/drivers/leds/trigger/ledtrig-heartbeat.c. But when I look into my Pi's kernel drivers, in directory with triggers /lib/modules/5.4.51+/kernel/drivers/leds/trigger there are only three triggers and none of them are heartbeat : ledtrig-camera.ko ledtrig-netdev.ko ledtrig-transient.ko. So I am assuming the heartbeat trigger is defined elsewhere.

Where can I find and edit the heartbeat trigger of led ?

  • Take a look at this thread - I don't think it's a complete answer to your Question, but it may provide useful clues. And if you find the answer, please post it here... I'm interested.
    – Seamus
    Aug 15, 2020 at 14:57
  • And this repo on GitHub may be relevant also. Never imagined this objective would be so complicated. And this is cool - an LED heartbeat driver that resembles a real heart.
    – Seamus
    Aug 15, 2020 at 15:59
  • I have tried writing my own module, but it is really hell to get it working on raspbian with their undocumented stuff. I am just updating that I will be continuing to work on it in 2 weeks, now I am taking a pause because of school stuff. Aug 18, 2020 at 10:50
  • Take heart - if it were easy, anyone could do it :)
    – Seamus
    Aug 18, 2020 at 21:45

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In order to build a kernel object for ledtrig-heartbeat.c, you need to add CONFIG_LEDS_TRIGGER_HEARTBEAT=Y to your kernel configuration:

    tristate "LED Heartbeat Trigger"
      This allows LEDs to be controlled by a CPU load average.
      The flash frequency is a hyperbolic function of the 1-minute
      load average.
If unsure, say Y.

Kernel configuration can usually be changed by running make menuconfig in the kernel source folder.

  • so in order to build the object I have to rebuild whole kernel ? Aug 23, 2020 at 15:22
  • No, you can just jun make modules_prepare; make M=drivers/leds/trigger modules; depmod. Aug 24, 2020 at 9:17

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