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Is there documentation for RPi.GPIO? I have searched the web and can't find anything.

I know I can use pydoc or help() but this produces the following:-

wait_for_edge(...)
    Wait for an edge.  Returns the channel number or None on timeout.
    channel      - either board pin number or BCM number depending on which mode is set.
    edge         - RISING, FALLING or BOTH
    [bouncetime] - time allowed between calls to allow for switchbounce
    [timeout]    - timeout in ms

This is OK, in as far as it goes, but doesn't really explain. I assume the function blocks until the interrupt, but this is not stated. What are the limits/defaults for timeout?

I have the following code, which I start on boot. Pressing the button successfully shuts down, but I have noticed it also seems to shut down at other times.

I could add some code to verify the button push, or some circuitry to make it more robust, but though I would check the documentation first.

while True:
    # set an interrupt on a falling edge and wait for it to happen
    GPIO.wait_for_edge(INT, GPIO.FALLING)

    subprocess.call(['poweroff'], shell=True, \
        stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.PIPE)

Edit 2016-01-03


I downloaded the source from SourceForge, which made things somewhat clearer, but the timeout parameter seems to be missing in action.

  • Have you tried here: raspi.tv/2013/… – Patrick Cook Jan 1 '16 at 10:15
  • it's common knowledge that you can always find the documentation on the source code and examples. Authors use seldescripted names: usually 'wait' means that :) – fcm Jan 1 '16 at 23:15
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The official documentation is http://sourceforge.net/p/raspberry-gpio-python/wiki/Examples/

It doesn't seem to have a traditional API style of documentation.

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    This answers my question - with "No". I have tried teaching myself python many times over the last 2 years. I like the philosophy and the language itself (apart from classes - which are bizarre). When I want to develop something using a library I get lost in the woeful documentation, and take the easy path and use c or c++, with well documented libraries. – Milliways Jan 2 '16 at 2:40
  • I can grasp a language tg – fcm Jan 2 '16 at 3:17
  • @Milliways My pigpio Python module has, perhaps, more traditional documentation. Python classes are pretty much the same (in my opinion) with the Arduino class wrappers for motors/servos etc., i.e. pretty similar to C++ classes. – joan Jan 2 '16 at 10:07

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