[Solved] How do I reset a USB device using a script?

RoboJ1M Asks: How do I reset a USB device using a script?
I have a USB GSM modem that does not always work property (Huawei E367u-2) Sometimes it gets reset (USB device disconnect/reconnect in logs) and when it comes back up, it has different ttyUSB numbers. Sometimes on boot, usb_modeswitch seems to just not get fired. The computer is a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian.

I have a simple solution to this: every minute cron runs the following script (pseudo-code):

If WVDIAL is not running:
    Run WVDIAL

I want to change the script to be this:

If /dev/ttyUSB0 is not present:
    If DevicePresent(12d1:1446):
    ElseIf DevicePresent(12d1:1506)
If WVDIAL is not running:
    Run WVDIAL

Obviously this is pseudo-code, but I have the following lines that I need to string together but I can’t figure out how:

This loads wvdial if it is not running:

#! /bin/sh 
# /etc/init.d/wvdial

# Provides:          TheInternet
# Required-Start:    $remote_fs $syslog
# Required-Stop:     $remote_fs $syslog
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6
# Short-Description: Simple script to start a program at boot
# Description:       A simple script from www.stuffaboutcode.com which will start / stop a program a boot / shutdown.

# If you want a command to always run, put it here

# Carry out specific functions when asked to by the system
case "$1" in
    echo "Starting GPRS Internet"
    # run application you want to start
    /sbin/start-stop-daemon --start --background --quiet --exec /usr/bin/wvdial internet
    echo "Stopping GPRS Internet"
    # kill application you want to stop
    /sbin/start-stop-daemon --stop --exec /usr/bin/wvdial 
    echo "Usage: /etc/init.d/noip {start|stop}"
    exit 1

exit 0

This lets me find the /sys path to a certain device:

for X in /sys/bus/usb/devices/*; do
    echo "$X"
    cat "$X/idVendor" 2>/dev/null
    cat "$X/idProduct" 2>/dev/null

And this resets a USB device if you know the correct /sys path:

echo 0 > /sys/bus/usb/devices/1-
echo 1 > /sys/bus/usb/devices/1-

So, I need to string together those last 2 sections and a test to /dev/ttyUSB0 into a section that goes under the “If you want a command to always run, put it here” comment.

  • How can I do that?
  • Is there a better way to do this?

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