May be not the right place, but ran again that on the RPi platform.

I want to have - say - an output on the RPi. I'm user pi. I'm in gpio group. I say 'echo 26 > /sys/class/gpio/export'. Works. I then say 'echo out > /sys/class/gpio/gpio26/direction'. Works, too. I can now set or clear that pin from bash. Okay.

I do 'echo 26 > /sys/class/gpio/unexport', then.

Now, I launch that script:

echo 26 > /sys/class/gpio/export
echo out > /sys/class/gpio/gpio26/direction

This throws permission denied in line 3, accessing the direction file.

After unexporting the GPIO 26, I patch my script. It now looks like

echo 26 > /sys/class/gpio/export
sleep 1
echo out > /sys/class/gpio/gpio26/direction

That works.

Any known reason?

1 Answer 1


It takes a fraction of a second for the kernel to export the GPIO. Adding a short delay lets the action complete before the next command is run.

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