I just set up OH2 (latest official docker image) after having some time off from home automation since I last played with OH1 two years back. I have several z-wave devices around the house and found it a bliss to get up and running in a short time with PaperUI and automatic discovery of things and items.
The PaperUI does, however, lack a lot in the rules/scripting department, so when I had all devices working I decided to expand my configuration options by employing the Eclipse SmartHome Designer which I assumed would be very familiar to how OH1 was administrated.
However before I got to that I discovered, to my surprise, that the openhab/conf directory was virtually empty. None of my auto-discovered things/items nor test-rules definitions were there, just a bunch of readmed.txt placeholder files. As it turns out they are all stored in the (new to me) jsondb.
Quickly after that, I also discover that the SmartHome Designer works only with files in the openhab/conf folder, not the jsondb were PaperUI puta it’s things.
- PaperUI has a low bar to get started, but too limited rules editor
- ESHD supports my rule needs, but all manual config of bindings, etc
I don’t require PaperUI nor ESHD, I just want discovery like in PaperUI items and a proper rule editor like ESHD.
I just want the good of both, but right now it seems that I have to pick between 2 half-solutions.
Does anyone have a solution to that?
I found this post which suggests that no (or not much) development effort is going into ESHD anymore, and that PaperUI is the future.
But right now PaperUI does not match ESHD when it comes to advanced configuration.
Is there any kind of workaround for this, or is OH2 in a kind of limbo when it comes to auto discovery and rules?