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Entry  11 Mar 2019, Francesco Renga, Forum, Run length 
    Reply  12 Mar 2019, Stefan Ritt, Forum, Run length 
    Reply  12 Mar 2019, Pierre Gorel, Forum, Run length 
    Reply  13 Mar 2019, Konstantin Olchanski, Forum, Run length 
Message ID: 1490     Entry time: 13 Mar 2019     In reply to: 1484
Author: Konstantin Olchanski 
Topic: Forum 
Subject: Run length 
I did not quite understand your desired sequence, is this what you want:

- at 1pm
- start a run
- record 100 events
- end the run
- (this will be, say, 1:15pm)
- start a run
- at 2pm
- end the run
- start a run
- record 100 events
- ad infinitum

There are 2 difficulties with this:

1) If you want your cycle to be exactly 1 hour, you need to use cron or something similar - if you just "start; sleep 3600; stop", 
your cycle will be slightly longer than 1 hour because starting and stopping runs takes some time to complete.

2) if you want your "100 event" run to start exactly precisely on the hour, you need to stop the previous run a few 
minutes/seconds before the hour to avoid the "run stop" delay.

Instead of using the sequencer, I would use a shell script (run it from crontab to avoid problem (1))

mtransition stop # stop the previous long run
odbedit set "/logger/channels/0/settings/event limit" 100
odbedit set "/logger/auto restart" "y"
mtransition start # start the short run
# end

In your frontend end_of_run() function, add this:
odb set "/logger/channels/0/settings/event limit" 0

This will produce the following sequence:

- script will stop previous long run
- set event limit to 100, start the "100 events" run
- logger will stop at 100 events, call your frontend end_of_run(), set event limit to 0
- logger auto restart will start a new run, event limit is now 0, this is your long run
- on the hour, cron runs your script, cycle repeats from the top.

Instead of cron, your can use a looper script. Note that you must run
the main script in the background (note the "&") to avoid problem (1).

# looper script
while (true) {
   main_script &
   sleep 3600   

To stop the sequence, kill the looper script.


> Dear all,
>         I need to implement a DAQ sequence where a short run (100 events, which takes a couple of 
> minutes) is taken every hour, with a long run in between two short runs. In the sequencer, I can do:
> LOOP infinite
> .... some ODB settings ....
>      WAIT events 100
> .... some ODB settings ....
>      WAIT seconds 3600
> I have two questions: 
> - for the long run, I want to write on disk only a maximum number of events. I think I can suppress 
> the event polling in the frontend, with an ODB query of the number of collected events. I'm 
> wondering if there is a smarter way to do that. It is also ok if the run is stopped after a maximum 
> number of events, but the subsequent short run should still start exactly after 1h from the previous 
> short run. 
> - with the script above, the real time lapse between the start of two short runs would depend on 
> the duration of the short run itself. Is there a way to start the short run exactly 1 h after the starting 
> of the previous short run?
> Thank you in advance for your help,
>               Francesco
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