The kernel generates a virtual file with the values for the famous temperature sensor DS 18B20.

Is there a plug and play kernel support for the I2C digital pressure sensors BMP180 and BMP85 too?

And if so, what is the minimal kernel version?

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The kernel has drivers for the bmp085 and bmp18x digital barometric pressure and temperature sensors from Bosch Sensortec.


I don't think they are compiled into the kernel by default so you'll have to build your own kernel.

Why not just use I2C?

  • Can I use the listed drivers optionally to a standard I2C driver? Sep 2, 2014 at 16:29
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    I don't know what happens if you enable the kernel drivers and then attempt to use ordinary I2C to access the device. I suspect they would co-exist happily enough but that is a pure guess. I don't know of anyone using the BMP085 kernel drivers on the Pi. There are plenty of posts from people who use the ordinary I2C drivers to read the chip.
    – joan
    Sep 2, 2014 at 17:32

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