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[Timer API]

 BaseType_t xTimerChangePeriod( TimerHandle_t xTimer,
                                TickType_t xNewPeriod,
                                TickType_t xBlockTime );

Software timer functionality is provided by a timer service/daemon task. Many of the public FreeRTOS timer API functions send commands to the timer service task through a queue called the timer command queue. The timer command queue is private to the RTOS kernel itself and is not directly accessible to application code. The length of the timer command queue is set by the configTIMER_QUEUE_LENGTH configuration constant.

xTimerChangePeriod() changes the period of a timer that was previously created using the xTimerCreate() API function.

xTimerChangePeriod() can be called to change the period of an active or dormant state timer. Changing the period of a dormant timers will also start the timer.

The configUSE_TIMERS configuration constant must be set to 1 for xTimerChangePeriod() to be available.

xTimer   The handle of the timer whose period will be changed.
xNewPeriod   The new period for xTimer. Timer periods are specified in tick periods, so the constant portTICK_PERIOD_MS can be used to convert a time that has been specified in milliseconds. For example, if the timer must expire after 100 ticks, then xNewPeriod should be set to 100. Alternatively, if the timer must expire after 500ms, then xNewPeriod can be set to ( 500 / portTICK_PERIOD_MS ) provided configTICK_RATE_HZ is less than or equal to 1000. The timer period must be greater than 0.
xBlockTime   Specifies the time, in ticks, that the calling task should be held in the Blocked state to wait for the change period command to be successfully sent to the timer command queue, should the queue already be full when xTimerChangePeriod() was called. xBlockTime is ignored if xTimerChangePeriod() is called before the RTOS scheduler is started.
pdFAIL will be returned if the change period command could not be sent to the timer command queue even after xBlockTime ticks had passed. pdPASS will be returned if the command was successfully sent to the timer command queue. When the command is actually processed will depend on the priority of the timer service/daemon task relative to other tasks in the system. The timer service/daemon task priority is set by the configTIMER_TASK_PRIORITY configuration constant.
Example usage:

/* This function assumes xTimer has already been created.  If the timer
referenced by xTimer is already active when it is called, then the timer
is deleted.  If the timer referenced by xTimer is not active when it is
called, then the period of the timer is set to 500ms and the timer is
started. */
void vAFunction( TimerHandle_t xTimer )
    /* or more simply and equivalently
    "if( xTimerIsTimerActive( xTimer ) )" */
    if( xTimerIsTimerActive( xTimer ) != pdFALSE )
        /* xTimer is already active - delete it. */
        xTimerDelete( xTimer );
        /* xTimer is not active, change its period to 500ms.  This will also
        cause the timer to start.  Block for a maximum of 100 ticks if the
        change period command cannot immediately be sent to the timer
        command queue. */
        if( xTimerChangePeriod( xTimer, 500 / portTICK_PERIOD_MS, 100 )
                                                            == pdPASS )
            /* The command was successfully sent. */
            /* The command could not be sent, even after waiting for 100 ticks
            to pass.  Take appropriate action here. */

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