According to the documentation for w1-therm:

Writing a value between 9 and 12 to the sysfs w1_slave file will change the precision of the sensor for the next readings. This value is in (volatile) SRAM, so it is reset when the sensor gets power-cycled.

To store the current precision configuration into EEPROM, the value 0 has to be written to the sysfs w1_slave file. Since the EEPROM has a limited amount of writes (>50k), this command should be used wisely.

I can read the w1_slave file(s) easily enough:

pi@xenon:~$ cat /sys/bus/w1/devices/28*/w1_slave
a0 01 80 80 1f ff 80 80 f5 : crc=f5 YES
a0 01 80 80 1f ff 80 80 f5 t=26000

But I haven't yet figured out how to write them:

pi@xenon:~$ sudo echo 12 >/sys/bus/w1/devices/28-0315549b98ff/w1_slave 
-bash: /sys/bus/w1/devices/28-0315549b98ff/w1_slave: Permission denied

Any insight into how to make this work.

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The permissions problem is because the redirection (>) is done before sudo takes effect.

Try the following invocation.

sudo sh -c "echo 12 >/sys/bus/w1/devices/28-0315549b98ff/w1_slave"

This should run the shell with sudo and then issue the command.

  • Thanks! And I subsequently learned that writing a zero tells the driver to write it into the device's EEPROM, thereby making it permanent. Commented Aug 25, 2017 at 17:03

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