Counter Resets randomly

Hi there, I have a problem with a function node (or node-red generally?). I have built a counter that writes the value to a variable and sends it to a database. This worked fine until a system update (Linux Debian) in May. Since then I have the problem that the counter resets after about 86 - 87s and starts from 0. I have updated Node-Red to 3.1.1. and also updated Node.JS. There has been no improvement. I have replaced the input (sensor via MQTT) with an Inject Node and the error is still present.

Node-Red Version V3.1.1
Node.JS Version 20.10.0

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Welcome to the forums @0x80000

Have you checked that Node RED is not restarting after 86 - 87s ?
I can't think of any reason why a flow variable will get wiped, other then Node RED restarting whilst not using the disc as context storage.

I would check logs, to see if there are any restarts of Node RED that would explain the pattern.

And are you sure nothing else in your flow is setting/wiping out that flow variable to 0 :thinking:

If you installed using the recommended Debian script then you can run
to monitor the log and watch for restarts.

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I've taken your flow and run it. It works fine for me. Counts up to past 10 without any problems.
I'm using a RPi-4B running NR 3.1.0 and Node.js v18.18.2

Thank you all for your Help. I think I solved the problem by reinstalling node-red via the recommended Script. :slight_smile:

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