I'm using Atmega8 with CVAVR 2.05.0 and trying to slightly modify the way ds18b20 library works. I want to store temperatures from sensors in global array and start conversion for all sensors at one time - so i can avoid useless delays and do something usefull. For now in "Project Configure - C Compiler -Code Generation - (s)printf Features" are set to "float,width,precision". float configured

I found a problem (tested it in Proteus 7.7 SP2 and on real atmega8) - if i call tempature reading in function inside printf like this:

    printf("t%i read=%.4f \n\r", i, ds18b20_read_temperature(&rom_code_ds18b20[i][0]));

it works fine, except it can't read global variable inside function. But if before that print i put any assigment to global float array like this:

    temperatures[i] = i + 0.275;
    printf("t%i read=%.4f \n\r", i, ds18b20_read_temperature(&rom_code_ds18b20[i][0]));

i start getting errors (-9999) for every read for 2nd and 3rd sensor, no matter what is in asigment - if it is assigment to global varible. But it starts reading from global array right values.

Firs I tried to read global float array in main - it works fine. Then i tried to do same temperature reading in main - again, inside printf it works fine, but if i try assign result of reading to local variable t1 and then printf those t1 - i get zero.

Here is example for "good" output (no assign before prints, but no global variable read in function): enter image description here

Here is example for "bad" output (put assign before prints, global variable starts reading normally, but 2&3 sensors are lost (see those -9999?) ): enter image description here

Where is the problem? Or there is something i should know about defining or using arrays and/or in functions?

About global variable i found only about problems inside interrupts, there was recomended to use volatile. Tried volatile - no effect. Also tried pointers (i'm not familiar with them, but with help of friend...) - the same thing - no reading global in function and "loosing sensor readings".

Also after compiling project i get warnings:

Warning: C:...\my_reading_ds18b20\my_reading_ds18b20.c(261): array index is out of range Warning: C:...\my_reading_ds18b20\my_reading_ds18b20.c(263): array index is out of range Warning: C:...\my_reading_ds18b20\my_reading_ds18b20.c(265): array index is out of range

I checked that variable number_of_sensors=3 (with printf), so i don't understand why i get this warning. Maybe because this varible is set with preprocessor?

Here is my .c file: watch for lines 80, 251, 252


(with comments and "debug" printf. if anything isn't clear - ask me)

And here (if needed) .prj file: https://app.box.com/s/52oo40bvo0fx02dshmjaw0nsv1mlywco

I draw your attention that it is NOT about reading dsb18b20 - those function is from library and works well, but about problems got from global float variable. I really need to store those values for later use!

UPDATE1: Seems the problem in everything except t1..t4 was in setting variable number of sensors, because if change initializng array float temperatures[number_of_sensors] to float temperatures[4] all previous problems are gone. So it seems i can't get number of sensors defined by way i used. Is there any other way except automatically change number of sensors depending on used options?

  • \$\begingroup\$ From those warning messages, it appears there is a problem with the first index of the rom_code_ds18b20[i][0] array - looks like "number_of_sensors" is not getting set correctly. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 21, 2015 at 23:23

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From those warning messages, it appears there is a problem with the first index of the rom_code_ds18b20[i][0] array - looks like "number_of_sensors" is not getting set correctly.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Very interesting! Thank you! Replacing number_of_sensors with 4 makes everything work well. Except the t1 t2 t3 t4 - still getting zero. \$\endgroup\$
    – nekit_p
    Jun 22, 2015 at 0:00

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