Thursday 8 December 2016

Raspberry Pi - bash memory split check

I needed a bash script which would only launch a program on a Raspberry Pi if there was enough memory dedicated to the GPU.

I pulled this script together which checks to see if there is at least 128 MB dedicated to the GPU before starting the program.


#check there is enough gpu memory to start
#get the gpu memory and output to a file called gpu_mem
vcgencmd get_mem gpu > gpu_mem
source gpu_mem
#strip last char from the output (i.e. 64M)
if (( $gpu >= 128 )); then
    echo "The program needs at least 128MB of memory allocated to the GPU"
    echo "Use sudo raspi-config (Advanced Options > Memory Split) to change"
#remove the gpu_mem file
rm gpu_mem

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