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Inoperative rule - roller shutter closure based on virtual weather station sunset

Erokani shared this question 3 years ago
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Hi all,

I've been trying and playing around for some time now, without success. I need your help to understand why it does not work.

I'm trying to launch the closure of my roller shutter, if not already closed, if sunset is passed, and during a period of the day.

This gives rule enclosed. It does not work, and I could not understand why.

Could you please help?

By the way, is there any way to debug a rule?? o_O

Thank you in advance


Comments (8)


What is the scheduler set for (time or astro)?

First I would not over complicate the rule, keep them simple. Just create 2 rules, one triggered on sunset, the other by a time variable. No need really for a time between either unless it misses the time event for some reason, just use the scheduler again to set a time for 17:30. You only need a time between variable when something else changes state between these times, such as a light level.

Though I would personally create a separate rule for triggering a virtual switch for sunset and sunrise. this way you can use this switch to activate many different rules.

Also I dont see a need to have the check "if the blinds are not at 0 position" just set them to 0. If they already at 0, they are not going anywhere anyway.

Good luck.


I agree with Adrian, do not over complicate rules, they're harder to debug. Also I would recommend you to split the rule, and since sunset/sunrise is something we could potentially use in many rules, instead of having a scheduler for every one I have created a virtual sensor "Daylight" which I'm going to turn ON at sunrise and turn it OFF at sunset, and then I would just use this sensor in any rule that I want.

See attached rules, I did add the OR just because the scheduler with astro depend on internet connection, if for some reason I loose my internet connection, the scheduler with time will take care of it (times are set to aproximately one hour after the average sunset/sunrise at home). If you do this you will see that this rule becomes much more simple.


Hi gents,

Thank you very much for the advices, it's appreciated.

I tried to follow them, and played around as far as possible to make it works, but it still doesn't!

I'm lost... :-(

See enclosed rules.

Could you please help me make this working??....

Thank you in advance


again, why do you have some many schedulers? Try and keep things simple. Have you tried the rule based on a time puzzle. very simple to find where the problems are occuring. When "time now "equals select a time, then the action puzzles. Have you also tried to group the blinds so you dont need so many action puzzles. Or try just a sensor or switch in the sensor block and try activating the rule. Then expand and add you other sensor devices such as virtual sensors or scheduler.

I dont know which puzzle is causing it to not operate as I do not know all the factors for each scheduler or virtual sensor you have set.

Why didn't you just try the example we posted for you? Then expand on them.


Hi Adrian,

I should have come back to this thread earlier.

I had a ticket opened for another subject, and while fixing it, Zipato support also unlached something else which allowed recovering the rules. They are well working now (like described above).

Nevertheless I slightly simplified them since, see enclosed.

Thanks again for your help. It's all working like a charm now! :-)




I should mention that the "sunset" and "sunrise" values in the Zipabox weather device don't actually contain any values, as far as I can gather. Rather like tempMaxC and tempMinC, they're always 0.

So your first rule never had a chance, for that reason alone. :-)


After some more investigation, the "sunrise" and "sunset" values in the Zipato weather station seem, in fact, to be strings. If I copy those values to a virtual meter and try to compare them to other date values, they always behave as 0. If I send them to an email, the reason becomes clear. This is what I see (the description in brackets were added by me).

19:36 (Sunset)

08:25 (Sunrise)

They're not numerical time values at all.


The comparison with sunset in the original rule should work if you use

hour of (sunset)

rather than just sunset, because "hour of" seems to cast it to a valid time value.