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Revision as of 15:06, 7 July 2015


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Introduction

When a run is started, by default only the run number of the upcoming run will be displayed for editing (Figure 1).

Figure 1
Run start with no edit-on-start parameters defined
Using mhttpd
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Using odbedit

 [local:bnmr:S]/Experiment>start
 Run number [30499]: 
 Are the above parameters correct? ([y]/n/q):





edit-on-start parameters

It is often convenient to display and edit additional parameters prior to the run start. Not surprisingly, these parameters are known as edit-on-start parameters, since they automatically appear every time a run starts, and they are editable by the user.

Edit-on-start parameters are defined by creating ODB keys (or links to existing ODB keys) in a special subtree named Edit on start that the user creates in the /Experiment ODB tree.

Many users link to the Write data key (see below) which enables/disables writing of data. A quick test run can then be made without data logging (see Figure 2).

Figure 2
Run start with one edit-on-start parameter defined
Using mhttpd
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Using odbedit
 [local:test:S]/Experiment>start
 Write data : n
 Run number [30499]:
 Are the above parameters correct? ([y]/n/q):  



Creating edit-on-start parameters

Note
The examples shown here use odbedit for ease of documentation; many users will prefer to use the editing function of the mhttpd ODB Page to create the ODB keys.


The first step to setting up the edit-on-start parameters is to create the subtree Edit on start under /Experiment as follows:

$odbedit
[local:Default:S]/>cd /experiment
[local:Default:S]/Experiment>mkdir "Edit on start"
[local:Default:S]/Experiment>cd "Edit on start"
[local:Default:S]/Edit on start>

Then the user either creates the required parameters, or, if the parameters already exist elsewhere in the ODB, creates links to the parameters in the Edit on start subtree.

Many users find it convenient to create a subtree of /Experiment named Run Parameters to contain their run parameters. Links are then created in the Edit on start subtree.

The example below shows the creation of three parameters in the Edit on start subtree.:

  • a parameter to contain the title of the run (called run_title )
  • a link to the ODB parameter /Logger/Write data
  • a link to the ODB parameter /Equipment/FIFO_acq/frontend/hardware/num cycles(previously created by the user)
  • a link to the ODB parameter /Equipment/Run Parameters/Run Description (previously created by the user)
[local:Default:S]/Edit on start>
[local:Default:S]/Edit on start>create string run_title
String length [32]:128
[local:Default:S]/Edit on start>ln "/Equipment/FIFO_acq/frontend/hardware/num cycles" "Number of cycles"
[local:Default:S]/Edit on start>ln "/Experiment/Run Parameters/Run Description" "Description"
[local:Default:S]/Edit on start>ln "/Logger/Write data" "write data"
[local:Default:S]Edit on start>ls -lt
Key name                        Type    #Val  Size  Last Opn Mode Value
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 run_title                      STRING  1     128   13m  0   RWD
 Number of cycles -> /equipment/fifo_acq/frontend/hardware/num cycles
                               DWORD   1     4     >99d 0   RWD  0
 write data -> /logger/Write data
                               BOOL    1     4     >99d 0   RWD  y
 Description -> /Experiment/Run Parameters/Run Description
         

edit-on-start parameter comments

An optional subdirectory Parameter Comments can be created under the /Experiment ODB tree to display some extra text on the mhttpd Start page under an edit-on-start parameter where the parameter name may not contain enough information. In this case, a parameter comment can be created by the user.

This "parameter comment" option is visible ONLY when using the MIDAS web server mhttpd. The odbedit start command will not display this extra information.

The name of the parameter in the Parameter Comments subtree must match that of the corresponding edit-on-start parameter. Comments may contain html tags if desired.

Note
If the edit-on-start parameter is a link which is named differently from the actual parameter, then the parameter name in the Parameter Comments subtree must match the name of the actual parameter, rather than the link-name.

This is illustrated in the example below, where the Edit-on-start parameter is a link named "number of cycles", which links to the actual parameter named /equipment/fifo_acq/frontend/hardware/num cycles.

The parameter name in the Parameter Comments subtree for this parameter must be "num cycles" and NOT "number of cycles".

Example of edit-on-start parameters

The relevant parts of the /Experiment tree are shown below

[local:test:S]/Experiment>ls -lr
Key name                        Type    #Val  Size  Last Opn Mode Value
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Experiment                     DIR
   Name                        STRING  1     32    5s   0   RWD  test
   .........
   Run Parameters              DIR
       Run Description         STRING  1     256   2h   0   RWD  Test run
   edit on start               DIR
       run_title               STRING  1     128   1m   0   RWD  test without beam
       experiment number       STRING  1     32    1m   0   RWD  12345
       sample                  STRING  1     32    1m   0   RWD  NA
       field                   STRING  1     32    52s  0   RWD  2500
       Number of cycles -> /equipment/fifo_acq/frontend/hardware/num cycles
                               DWORD   1     4     >99d 0   RWD  0
       write data -> /logger/Write data
                               BOOL    1     4     >99d 0   RWD  y
       Description -> /Experiment/Run Parameters/Run Description
                               STRING  1     256   2h   0   RWD  Test run
   parameter comments          DIR
       field                   STRING  1     64    35m  0   RWD  Entered in Tesla unit
       active                  STRING  1     64    35m  0   RWD  Enter y to save data to disk
       Num cycles              STRING  1     80    34m  0   RWD  Stop run after num cycles is reached. Enter 0 to disable (free running) 
      .......

Starting a run with edit-on-start parameters set up as above results in a list of the edit-on-start parameters which the user can change (Figure 3).


Figure 3
Run start with many edit-on-start parameters defined


Using mhttpd
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Using odbedit
 [local:test:S]/Experiment>start
 run_title : test without beam
 experiment number : 12345
 sample : NA
 field : 2500
 Number of cycles : 0
 write data : y
 Description : Test run
 Run number [30499]:
 Are the above parameters correct? ([y]/n/q):
 Starting run #30499