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Z Rev February 2016

Serial.write crashes program in Qt (C++)

I am attempting to write a command to a serial port that will change my TV input, but when I try to write the necessary command to the port, I get a very strange output.

#include <QCoreApplication>
#include <QSerialPort>
#include <Windows.h>

int set_id = 0;
int fd = -1;
int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    QCoreApplication app{argc, argv};

int timeInSeconds=0;

QSerialPort serial;


/*char cmd1='x';
char cmd2='b';
int value=20;
char cmd[20];
int len;
if (value >= 0x100)
    len = sprintf(cmd, "%c%c %02x %02x %02x\r", cmd1, cmd2, set_id, value>>8, value&255);
    len = sprintf(cmd, "%c%c %02x %02x\r", cmd1, cmd2, set_id, value);

serial.write(cmd, len);

char cmdHex[5]="0xc5";

int stall;

//return a.exec();

The code is supposed to change the tv input to av. (Starting from HDMI 1) Also, the block that is commented out is my first attempt at sending the command.


Ilya February 2016

You should study the QSerialPort examples shipped with Qt. There's the terminal project, which is interactive (nice for testing ports), and the cwritersync does what you're trying to do.

Here is the full cwritersync code:

** Copyright (C) 2013 Laszlo Papp <lpapp@kde.org>
** Contact: http://www.qt.io/licensing/
** This file is part of the QtSerialPort module of the Qt Toolkit.
** Commercial License Usage
** Licensees holding valid commercial Qt licenses may use this file in
** accordance with the commercial license agreement provided with the
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** GNU Lesser General Public License Usage
** Alternatively, this file may be used under the terms of the GNU Lesser
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** LICENSE.LGPLv3 included in the packaging of this file. Please review the
** following information to ensure the GNU Lesser General Public License
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** As a special exception, The Qt Company gives you certain additional
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#include <QtSerialPort/QSerialPort>

#include <QTextStream>
#include <QCoreApplication>

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