A post in the Software forum today about bluetooth caused me to finally bring
up this topic here.
I like to work on my cars, and occasionally I need to read the Check Engine
Light (MIL) codes. About a year ago I bought an ELM-327 bluetooth enabled
code reader off eBay. If you google for Linux software, pyOBD comes up a
lot, but it really hasn't been maintained for a very long time and it doesn't
compile easily. Eventually I tracked down a person working on modifying
pyOBD for his cell phone, and with his kind help (I take absolutely no
credit whatsoever, all I did was ask for help), I got a very hacked up
version of pyOBD working pretty well on my laptop. I can read and clear
codes, and read some live data.
It's ugly; I'm not proud of it. It's not ready for prime time. It's not close
to being ready for prime time. That's why I'm posting this in the
Code Hackers forum.
If anyone is looking for check engine light code reader Linux software
that works with a bluetooth ELM-327 code reader, I would be very happy to send
you a copy of what I've got (if you promise not to complain too loudly about
how ugly it is). I can only really answer questions about my hacks;
I can't really tell you anything about the meat and potatoes python code.
If there's a desire, maybe someone else would be able to take a look at
it and package it correctly so other mainstream users could take advantage