I preliminary implemented NaNs into the history system. It works such that if a
device driver returns a read error status, the class driver writes a NaN
(Not-a-Number) into the corresponding variable via the new function ss_nan(). The
"mhist" utility directly displays these as "nan" (Linux) or "-1.#IND00" under
Windows, indicating the error status. The history display via mhttpd just skips
these values (see elog:/1). I think this is better than showing just zero values,
because in most cases zero is a valid measurement and could confuse people.
Of course it is not enough just having "gaps" in the history display, so it's
important that the corresponding device driver issues an error message, which could
even trigger an alarm.
I have tested this under Windows, but only compiled under Linux. The only class
driver I modified so far is "multi.c". People should have a look, make some tests,
and let me know if this is a good thing, or if we should change it somehow.