Provided by: odyssey_0.4-2.2_i386
odyssey - PIC serial microcontroller programming utility
odyssey [options] init
odyssey [options] chiptype command [command arguments]
odyssey is a serial device programming utility designed for use under
Linux and other alternative operating systems. At the moment, it only
supports programming PIC microcontrollers but it is designed to support
many different types of devices and many different types of programming
-V Print the Odyssey version
-q Quiet mode. Don’t display the progress counters during an
Specify an alternate configuration file in ~/.odyssey/ to use.
The default value for this option is "config".
Set the value of a configuration variable, overriding the
previous value. For example, to temporarily change the I/O
driver to direct hardware access, the option would be -v
-l Lists the supported values for the chiptype parameter. Device
names prefixed with a * have not yet been tested. You should not
include the * character when specifying an untested device.
init Initializes the PIC programmer hardware and turns off all the
power and data lines. You should do this before inserting a PIC
into the programming socket. A chiptype does not need to be
specified for this command.
Programs the data in filename to a PIC. Odyssey autodetects the
file type and currently supports Intel 8, 16, and 32-bit hex
Reads the memory contents of a PIC and writes it to filename.
The default output file format is Intel 32-bit hex.
Compares the contents of a PIC’s memory against filename and
reports the first location that doesn’t match.
check Checks that the PIC is connected and of the correct type, and
reports the device ID. (This is not yet implemented for all PIC
families; on other families it will succeed, but print a
erase Erases an electrically erasable PIC.
Checks if a PIC is blank. This is especially useful when using
EPROM based PICs.
On startup, odyssey will load its hardware configuration from two
places. The system-wide configuration file /usr/local/etc/odyssey.conf
will be read first. After that, the user-specific configuration file,
$HOME/.odyssey/config, is read. The variables in the user configuration
override any settings in the system-wide configuration.
For your convienence, if the $CONFIG environment variable is set, the
user configuration will be read from $CONFIG/odyssey/config. This is a
futile attempt to reduce the number of dotfiles in $HOME.
CONFIGURATION FILE FORMAT
The configuration file is a plain ASCII text file that is divided into
sections, each which contain variable/value pairs. Comments can be
included by starting a line with a pound sign (#).
A section is started with a line containing only the section name
enclosed in square brackets. After a section is started, variables can
be assigned values. Section and variable names must only contain
characters from the set [0-9A-Za-z _-]. Values can contain any
characters. Variable assignment is accomplished by text lines of the
Here is a sample section definition
Values given to variables must match the type of the variable being
assigned. The following types are defined
An integer can be in standard decimal form ("123") or in
hexadecimal form ("0x7B"). Integers in standard decimal form are
signed and can be positive or negative.
A boolean indicates either true or false. To indicate a true
boolean value, the value should be one of "1", "true", "yes", or
"on". To indicate a false boolean value, the value should be one
of "0", "false", "no", or "off".
string The value of a string variable will be used verbatim. There are
no constraints on string variables.
odyssey is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public
License version 2.
Mark Aikens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
$Date: 2004/09/26 15:02:31 $ ODYSSEY(1)