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  2245   28 Jun 2021 Stefan RittSuggestionODB Load in Sequencer
> > > > Hi all,
> > > > for my experiment we ended up with the need of changing lot of parameters (~9000 values) in the ODB at once by the sequencer.
> > > > The very first solution was to use a sequencer function with a ton of ODBSET calls, however a more elegant solution may be to provide an "ODBLoad" command which mimics the "load" command of odbedit.
> > > > I already have a working modification to the sequencer for this, if you agree I will commit it to a dedicated brach.
> > > > Let me know if you think this is a good approach.
> > > > 
> > > 
> > > Sounds like a good idea. I trust you are using the data in json format? Perhaps the command
> > > should be named "ODBLoadJSON" to be clear about this.
> > > 
> > > (JSON is preferred over .odb and .xml for many reasons (ask me))
> > 
> > What if some experiment keep some files in .xml format (ask me!). The routine should check for the extension and support all three formats.
> > 
> 
> Yes, hard to tell without seeing his full proposal, including the code. If it is load from file,
> sure we look at the file extension, I think the existing code already would do this and support all 3 formats.
> 
> But if he wants to load ODB data from a text literal or from a string,
> we might as well stick to json. I guess we could support the other formats, but I do not see anybody
> using anything other than json for new code like this.
> 
> ODBPasteJSON("/foo/bar/baz", '{"var1":1, "var2":"somestr"}');

I agree that if one would paste a string to the ODB, then JSON would be best.

But at MEG, we keep hundreds of XML files for configuration. Mostly historical, but that's how it is.

Stefan
  2246   28 Jun 2021 Konstantin OlchanskiSuggestionODB Load in Sequencer
> ... at MEG, we keep hundreds of XML files for configuration. Mostly historical, but that's how it is.

same here, lots of historical .odb and .xml files.

I think the .odb and .xml support is here to stay. Best I remember, latest things I fixed in both
was support for unlimited string length (and removal of associated buffer overflows). Right now,
I am not sure if both are UTF-8 clean and if they properly escape all control characters,
something to fix as we go or as we bump into problems.

K.O.
  2247   28 Jun 2021 Marco FrancesconiSuggestionODB Load in Sequencer
My idea was to collect some feedback instead of blindly submitting code for a pull request.

Currently I'm just calling db_load() with a given file, so it is only supporting .odb formatting.
It is pretty easy to extend to json by calling the db_load_json() depending on the file extension.
I do not see a similar call for the .xml format, maybe I can study tomorrow how it is implemented in odbedit and port it to the sequencer.

I guess that the ODBPasteJSON can be a solution as well but I find it a bit too technical.
Anyway it is easy to implement just by calling db_paste_json(), I will keep this in mind.

I'll try to sort this out and make a commit soon.
Best,

Marco



> > ... at MEG, we keep hundreds of XML files for configuration. Mostly historical, but that's how it is.
> 
> same here, lots of historical .odb and .xml files.
> 
> I think the .odb and .xml support is here to stay. Best I remember, latest things I fixed in both
> was support for unlimited string length (and removal of associated buffer overflows). Right now,
> I am not sure if both are UTF-8 clean and if they properly escape all control characters,
> something to fix as we go or as we bump into problems.
> 
> K.O.
  2248   29 Jun 2021 Marco FrancesconiSuggestionODB Load in Sequencer
I just submitted a pull request for this feature, I did quite a lot of testing and it looks good to me.
Let me know if something is not clear.

I'll take care of adding the relevant informations to the wiki once it is merged.
Best,

Marco


> My idea was to collect some feedback instead of blindly submitting code for a pull request.
> 
> Currently I'm just calling db_load() with a given file, so it is only supporting .odb formatting.
> It is pretty easy to extend to json by calling the db_load_json() depending on the file extension.
> I do not see a similar call for the .xml format, maybe I can study tomorrow how it is implemented in odbedit and port it to the sequencer.
> 
> I guess that the ODBPasteJSON can be a solution as well but I find it a bit too technical.
> Anyway it is easy to implement just by calling db_paste_json(), I will keep this in mind.
> 
> I'll try to sort this out and make a commit soon.
> Best,
> 
> Marco
> 
> 
> 
> > > ... at MEG, we keep hundreds of XML files for configuration. Mostly historical, but that's how it is.
> > 
> > same here, lots of historical .odb and .xml files.
> > 
> > I think the .odb and .xml support is here to stay. Best I remember, latest things I fixed in both
> > was support for unlimited string length (and removal of associated buffer overflows). Right now,
> > I am not sure if both are UTF-8 clean and if they properly escape all control characters,
> > something to fix as we go or as we bump into problems.
> > 
> > K.O.
  2251   30 Jun 2021 Stefan RittSuggestionODB Load in Sequencer
I quickly checked the pull request and could not find any obvious problem, so I merged it.
  2259   11 Jul 2021 Konstantin OlchanskiSuggestionMidasConfig.cmake usage
> > > So you say "nuke ${MIDAS_LIBRARIES}" and "fix ${MIDAS_INCLUDE}". Ok.
> > A more moderate option ...
> 
> For the record, I did not disappear. I have a very short time window
> to complete commissioning the alpha-g daq (now that the network
> and the event builder are cooperating). To add to the fun, our high voltage
> power supply turned into a pumpkin, so plotting voltages and currents 
> on the same history plot at the same time (like we used to be able to do)
> went up in priority. 
> 

in the latest update, find_package(midas) should work correctly, the include path is right, 
the library list is right.

please test.

I find that the cmake install(export) method is simpler on the user side (just one line of 
code) and is easier to support on the midas side (config file is auto-generated).

I request that proponents of the find_package(midas) method contribute the documentation and 
example on how to use it. (see my other message).

K.O.
  2289   14 Oct 2021 Amy RobertsSuggestionAdding (or improving discoverability) of TID for odbset
Creating an ODB key requires users to know the Type ID that are defined in 
https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/midas/src/develop/include/midas.h starting at line 320.

I can't find any information on the Midas Wiki about these values or how to find 
them.

Am I missing something obvious?  Is there a way to improve how to find these values?  
Or is this not the best way to interact with the ODB?
  2290   15 Oct 2021 Stefan RittSuggestionAdding (or improving discoverability) of TID for odbset
> Creating an ODB key requires users to know the Type ID that are defined in 
> https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/midas/src/develop/include/midas.h starting at line 320.
> 
> I can't find any information on the Midas Wiki about these values or how to find 
> them.
> 
> Am I missing something obvious?  Is there a way to improve how to find these values?  
> Or is this not the best way to interact with the ODB?

Well, you found them in midas.h, so where is the problem?

If you want a more detailed description, just look in the midas documentation (RTFM):

https://midas.triumf.ca/MidasWiki/index.php/Midas_Data_Types

If you want a more modern interface to the ODB without these data types, look here:

https://midas.triumf.ca/MidasWiki/index.php/Odbxx

Best regards,
Stefan
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