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Programs don't execute unless I Query the device node?


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I have a few simple dim-at-sunset/brighten-at-sunrise programs and have been trying to debug them.   Originally I was using a folder with sunrise scheduling, but it was hard to debug.  So instead I set a state variable to control "brightening", "dimming", and "normal" state and have folders keying off those state variables.

 

What I noticed: the folder status (set by the variable in response to schedule) is correct, but the program status (set by the devices) is not.  If I Query the devices involved, then suddenly all the programs run and the system behaves as expected.

 

Why wouldn't the device states be accurate?  Is this indicative of a communication problem? 

 

For reference, here's a snippet of the programs I'm using:

 

2. Start Brightening at Sunrise - [iD 0010][Parent 0022]
If
        Time is Sunrise
     Or Time is Sunrise +  1 hour
     Or Time is Sunrise +  2 hours
 
Then
        $Kitchen_Light_State  = 2
 
Else
   - No Actions - (To add one, press 'Action')
 
I have a "Brightening State" folder:
 
===================================================================================
2. Brightening - [iD 000D][Parent 0022]
Folder Conditions for '2. Brightening'
If
        $Kitchen_Light_State is 2
 
Then
   Allow the programs in this folder to run.
 
 
In the folder, I have a variety of programs like this:
 
Brighten KL if on - [iD 0043][Parent 000D]
If
        Status  'Kitchen Dimmer - Entry Master' is not Off
 
Then
        Set Scene 'Kitchen Main Lights / Kitchen Mains Slow Bright' On
 
Else
   - No Actions - (To add one, press 'Action')
 
...and a "done" program:
 
Done if lights are bright or off - [iD 000F][Parent 000D]
If
        (
             Status  'Kitchen Ceiling Fan-Light' is Off
          Or Status  'Kitchen Ceiling Fan-Light' is 100%
        )
    And (
             Status  'Kitchen Dimmer - Entry Master' is 100%
          Or Status  'Kitchen Dimmer - Entry Master' is Off
        )
 
Then
        Wait  5 seconds
        $Kitchen_Light_State  = 0
 
Else
   - No Actions - (To add one, press 'Action')
 

 

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