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To read the temperature in Raspbian (and most other systems) you can read the file /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/temp, which will output the temperature in millicelsius, like this:

pi@raspberrypi0 ~ $ cat /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/temp 
54072

There is also a file, /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/subsystem/thermal_zone0/temp which works exactly the same way, and outputs the exact same numbers.

So my question is: Why the different location? What meaning does the extra directory /subsystem/ have?

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lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 0 2016-02-19 22:24 thermal_zone0 -> ../../devices/virtual/thermal/thermal_zone0

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 0 2016-02-25 17:31 /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/subsystem/thermal_zone0 -> ../../devices/virtual/thermal/thermal_zone0
  • I know that they're the same sensor. I just don't know why there would be two files for the output. – Patrick Cook Feb 25 '16 at 6:44
  • They are just links to the same place. This is usually for compatibility with other distributions or previous usage. – Milliways Feb 25 '16 at 6:46

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