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Recently I've started mining litecoins. My miner consists of 3 Radeon R9 290x GPUs. From time to time one of them (not a specific one, it happens randomly) stops mining. Usually restarting cgminer (mining program) doesn't help, the only thing that helps is reboot. Next week I'm leaving for 8 days and I have nobody to do that for me so I thought of a script that would do that automatically.

The script would have to periodically verify if all GPUs are working and if not - reboot. I think temperature reading is the easiest thing to determine if all cards are working. I know how to read temperature, reboot, add stuff to cron. What I don't is how to put it all together.

Get temperature command:

 aticonfig --odgt --adapter=all | grep Sensor:

Output looks like this:

 Sensor: Temperature - 77.00 C
 Sensor: Temperature - 77.00 C
 Sensor: Temperature - 77.00 C

I would like the script to read the numerical value and reboot if it drops below XX.

Can you please help me out?

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I've just noticed that on my PC aticonfig --odgt --adapter=all shows really only temp of GPU0. Three times. When I do aticonfig --adapter=1 --odgt it also shows the temp of GPU0. Even when I do aticonfig --adapter=7 --odgt it keeps returning the temp of GPU0 despite the fact that GPU7 does not exist. – JazzGott Jan 4 '14 at 22:46
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Save this a script and make it executable (chmod +x and run it with bash using sudo as reboot requires root.

#! /bin/bash
while :
    temp=$(aticonfig --odgt --adapter=all | grep Sensor: | sed 's/[a-zA-Z:-]//g'|  tr -d ' ')

    action=$(echo $temp|awk '{ print ($1 < 76) ? "reboot" : "" }')

    sleep 1

I have not tested it with the ATI command as I don't have access to the command, but it works replacing aticonfig --odgt --adapter=all | grep Sensor: with echo 'Sensor: Temperature - 77.00 C'. This was how I tested it.

The 76 is the restart temp. You can edit that.

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When I change "reboot" to "echo blabla" it just keeps echoing blabla despite having changed the temp to 50 and the real temp being 78. Suggestions? – JazzGott Jan 4 '14 at 22:52
I know. I replaced > with < and it worked. Thanks! – JazzGott Jan 4 '14 at 22:54
I have corrected the > to < now. I didn't read carefully, I assumed you had an overheating problem!! – Julian Stirling Jan 5 '14 at 9:35

This should do work:

#!/usr/bin/env bash    
while true; do
  aticonfig --odgt --adapter=all | 
   awk var t="$1" '(/Sensor:/ && $(NF-1) < t ){exit(1)}' || reboot 
   sleep 10 

Save the script above as, make it executable and run it with the temperature limit you want as an argument:

/path/to/ 77

I don't have an ati card so I can't test this but that should cause your machine to reboot if a GPU core falls below 77 °C.


  • The while true starts an endless loop, the script will run until killed.
  • The awk line checks if the next to last field (($NF-1)) of lines containing Sensor: is less than whatever you chose and, if so, exits with exit status 1.
  • The command to the right of || will be executed if the command on the left failed, if it exited with non-zero status. So, if one if the cores is below a certain temperature, the awk script will fail and the system will be rebooted.
  • sleep 10 just pauses the script for 10 seconds so you don't flood your system with requests.
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