OpenHab2 Rules

Got my server up and running with zwave and everything finally even got plex working. I had all this working in windows before but decided to switch over to a raspberry pi. The only problem im running into is the rules i have setup for plex. I have some rules setup so that when im playing a movie the lights turn off and back one when movie is over. It all works great but the only issue i am having is when i reboot the pi the rules show this error. NOT_INITIALIZED - HANDLER_INITIALIZING_ERROR to fix it i just need to go into the rule in paperui and then close it and it is fine. Any ideas? I have a feeling its something to do with the zwave controller not being started before the rules are loaded so openhab cant initalize the rule because the zwave light is not seen as a item yet. Im not sure how to fix this.

If the issue, is indeed one of loading the rules too quickly, you could have a look at this thread:

Thats interesting… Im using openhab2 so im not sure where the openhab.cfg is located or if i need to create one. Also im running the new rule engine that you can install from paperui

Doh, sorry, I did see the OH2 references. In OH2 you can make a openhab.cfg for legacy binding information, but i’m not sure it would apply for this use-case.

I’ve also never used the experimental rule engine (although it looks like it’d be nice). In fact, i’ve not seen any questions about it before so not sure where to help look either.


Its actually really easy to use and works well when initalized haha… in windows it worked well and my guess is because the com port was always available right when openhab started.

Since I dont have alot of experience with rules i wouldnt mind trying to setup a few rules the old way… Anybody have some pointers on how to get started… here are the items im trying to control:

PlexTVStatus (Type=StringItem, State=Stopped, Label=Status, Category=video)

zwave_device_9e525cd7_node2_switch_dimmer (Type=DimmerItem, State=100, Label=Standing Lamp, Category=null, Tags=[Lighting])

zwave_device_9e525cd7_node3_switch_dimmer (Type=DimmerItem, State=100, Label=Side Lamp, Category=null, Tags=[Lighting])

Basically when the state of the PlexTVStatus changes to Playing i want the lights to turn off and when the state changes to Stopped then i want them to turn back on… and possibly turn on to like 10% when the state is Paused.

Good starting point are the sample rules:

and the rules wiki page:

Are you using persistence?

If you set up persistence with restoreOnStartup those Item will be initialized to their previous value when OH starts up instead of Undefined which is why that rule is throwing an error.

Not entirely certain as to why you are seeing the error now and didn’t before, but I believe using persistence in this case is the best answer.

See the following for details:

The New Rule Engine is experimental so there could be some other things going on as well. I still think persistence will address your issue.

Hmm I’ve seen a little about persistence and not sure exactly where to start. Is there any type of persistence that is built-in? Without the need to setup a database?

If you just want to use the last state of your items for restore on startup, mapdb is the easiest to setup:

But it doesn’t provide any history, for that you could use rrd4j. Both create the database automatically, no need to install one.

Perfect for now that’s all I need is mapdb. For openhab2 I installed the persistence extension through paperui and also set mapdb is the default persistence in paperui. Is there anything else I need to do or will it handle all the rest it’s self?

In addition to that you need to create a mapdb.persist file in


You may persist single items

Items {
        ItemName : strategy = everyChange, restoreOnStartup

or groups

Items {
        GroupName* : strategy = everyChange, restoreOnStartup

or everything

Items {
        * : strategy = everyChange, restoreOnStartup

Then change your switch state so the database gets populated, restart openhab and the switch should have the same state as before the restart

Hey how did you get your Plex entered in on OH2? I have been racking my brain on how to do that. I am not running on a PI but a stand alone server. Any help would be great.

Was having issues with plex as well… this thread helped me…

So I guess the binding is in that post too?

Binding is downloaded from openhab main site. It’s in the main addons download.

I see the one for OH1 but is there a OH2 one or is it one in the same?

Should be the same one.

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Any update on this ?

In my OH2 i have a mapdb persist file with the following info.

Strategies {
default = everyUpdate

Items {
// persist all items on every change and restore them from the db at startup

  • : strategy = everyChange, restoreOnStartup


I still get Not_Initialised, on every rule, every morning when i log into OH2.

Any help ?


That should not be part of your mapdb.persist file. Maybe it is causing problems because it cannot be parsed correctly.

If you want to define a default persistence service edit runtime.cfg to
org.eclipse.smarthome.persistence:default=mapdb or set that via PaperUI oder HABmin.