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  2323   26 Jan 2022 Konstantin OlchanskiBug ReportUnknown Error 319 from client
> I’m trying to run MIDAS using a frontend code/client named “fetiglab”. Run stops 
> after 2/3sec with an error saying “Unknown error 319 from client “fetiglab” on 
> localhost.

actually run never starts.

> 11:46:32 [fetiglab,ERROR] [odb.cxx:11268:db_get_record,ERROR] struct size 
> mismatch for "/" (expected size: 1, size in ODB: 41920)

this is the error that causes run start to fail. for reasons unknown
your frontend is trying to do a db_get_record() from "/" (ODB root top directory).

if this is an mfe.c frontend, I do not think I have ever seen it do something
like this.

so, a puzzle.

K.O.
  2324   26 Jan 2022 Konstantin OlchanskiForummhttpd error
> > Enable IPv6                     y
> 
> Probably the IPv6 problem, see here elog:2269
> 
> I asked to turn off IPv6 by default, or at least mention this in the documentation,
> but unfortunately nothing happened.

But IPv4 and IPv6 code is completely separate, if IPv6 bind fails, IPv4 should still 
work.

This is all very strange.

It does not help that the OP does not say in which way things do not work,
"the server is not accessible from other machines" is not an error message
reported by any browser, and we do not know what URL he is using
to access mhttpd - http: or https:

Also he is enabling the "insecure" port 8081, I am pretty sure the documentation
is pretty clear, either use the secure https port or the insecure port,
but not both at the same time.

In any case, I see current version of mongoose have removed support
for password files, so all this stuff will likely become reworked
and at the end mhttpd will only listen to localhost ports. To make it "accessible
to other machines", one will have to use the apache https proxy. (or mtpcproxy from 
midas).

K.O.
  2325   26 Jan 2022 Marius KoeppelBug ReportWritting MIDAS Events via FPGAs
> If you are connected locally (no mserver), I want to know the value returned by bm_send_event(). Simplest
> if you edit mfe.c and everywhere it calls bm_send_event() and rpc_send_event(), print the returned value.
> 
> It would be very interesting to see if bm_send_event() returns 1 (SUCCESS), but the event vanishes
> without a trace.

I checked bm_send_event(rbh, (EVENT_HEADER*)(&pdata[0]), 0, 20); which gives me back 1. I also check the status of rb_increment_wp which is also 1.

> Before you do that, try something simpler:
> Run "mdump -s -d", it will print some event buffer internals.
> Watch to see if any data pointers change when you send your events ("wp", "rp", etc).

"rp" & "wp" are not counting up. 

> But there is some funny logic for event_id and trigger_mask and it is worth checking their
> values. For a good test, set event_id=1 and trigger_mask=0x1. There might be trouble if either is set to zero.

Changing both to 0x1 did not change the behavior. 

Cheers,
Marius
  2326   28 Jan 2022 Stefan RittBug ReportWritting MIDAS Events via FPGAs
I finally got the dummy program working. There were several issues:

- event_buffer_size was defined as 10000 * 32 MB = 320 GB, exceeding the RAM of the computer

- SERIAL number starting with 1. Actually in midas, event serial numbers always started with zero, but this was wrong in the documentation at 
https://midas.triumf.ca/MidasWiki/index.php/Event_Structure, so I also fixed the documentation

- the event header time stamp must be seconds since 1.1.1970, and thus the function ss_time() should be used to set it

- calling set_equipment_status() for each event slows down the event collection considerably, since this function access the ODB each time

- dma_buf_dummy is defined inside the event loop, so it gets allocated and de-allocated on the stack for each event. Of course this might vanish 
when the real FPGA buffer will be used.

- The line pdata+=sizeof(dma_buf_dummy); is wrong. pdata is pointer to uint32_t, but the sizeof() operation returns the size of the 
dma_buf_dummy in bytes. Therefore, pdata gets incremented by four times the size of dma_buf_dummy

- Instead the call to std::this_thread::sleep_for(std::chrono::milliseconds(2000)); one can call the standard midas call ss_sleep(2000); which 
is a bit shorter

- Finally, sending many events to the ring buffer triggered a bug in the midas ring buffer functions which were lingering there since 2007. I'm 
glad that this happened and now could be fixed. Not sure if other experiments where affected in the last decade by that. This could have 
manifested itself in lost events or crashing front-ends. Anyhow, now it's fixed. You need to update midas to get the fix.

I attached a working version of the dummy program for your reference. Banks a different but the principle should become clear.

Stefan
  2327   29 Jan 2022 Isaac Labrie BoulayForumMIDAS and GRIF-16 digitizer (Standalone Mode).
Hi all,

I was sent a version of the frontend for the TIGRESS Detector lab setup so that 
I can test detectors using a GRIF-16 digitizer in standalone mode.

I followed the GRIF-16 wiki (https://grsi.wiki.triumf.ca/wiki/GRIF-16#One-
level_operation) to setup the GRIF-16 through the webpage. The digitized data is 
supposed to come into my UDP port 8800 but it is never retrieved in the 
frontend.

Here's the readout scheme:
// readout sequence ...
// poll_event() true (if still have data in buffer or testmsg() true)
// -> read_trigger_event() -> read_grifc_event() - re-buffers into midas events
//                         -> grifc_eventread()  - returns single grif fragment
//                         -> grifc_dataread()   - returns single net-pkt 


Here's poll_event():
INT poll_event(INT source, INT count, BOOL test)
{
   int i, have_data=0;

   for(i=0; i<count; i++){
      if( data_available ){ break; }
      have_data = ( testmsg(data_socket, 0) > 0 );
      if( have_data && !test ){ break; }
   }
   return( (have_data || data_available) && !test );
}

This being said, testmsg() always returns empty and "data_available" is only set 
to TRUE when there's leftover data after a GRIF-C reading (I'm obviously not 
using a GRIF-C).

I know that when GRIF-16 is in standalone mode, MIDAS does not change GRIF-16s 
settings based on the ODB, it has to be done through the GRIF-16 webpage. Is the 
user frontend code even responsible for the GRIF-16 data readout in standalone 
mode? If not, could it just be that my UDP offloader is incorrectly setup?

Here are its current settings:

SETTINGS/UDP
- Offloader: ON
- Dst IP: my IP
- Dst Port: 8800 (DATA_PORT)

SETTINGS/MIDAS
- Use MIDAS: OFF
- MIDAS Hostname: my hostname
- MIDAS IP: same as Dst IP from UDP settings
- Dst Port: 8080 (I'm assuming that this is the mhttpd port)

Again, the frontend runs but I get 0 events. What might I be missing?

Thanks for helping me out!

Isaac
  2328   31 Jan 2022 Frederik WautersForum.gz files
> > I adapted our analyzer to compile against the manalyzer included in the midas repo.
> > TMReadEvent: error: short read 0 instead of -1193512213
> 
> I think this problem is fixed in the latest version of midasio and manalyzer, but this update
> was not pulled into midas yet. (Canada is in the middle of a covid wave since December).
> 
> What happens is you do not have the gzip library installed on your computer and
> your analyzer is built without support for gzip.
> 
> The fix is done the hard way, the gzip library is no longer optional, but required.
> 
> You do not say what linux you use, so I cannot give exact instructions, but for:
> ubuntu: apt -y install libz-dev
> centos7: installed by default
> centos8: installed by default
> debian11/raspbian: same as ubuntu
> 
> K.O.

My libz under ubuntu

-- Found ZLIB: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so (found version "1.2.11") 
-- MIDAS: Found ZLIB version 1.2.11

I got both the manalyzer example and mine going with
* the latest midas dev
* + the latest manalyzer (cf6c233)
* + almost latest midasio (568a617, otherwise I get an linking error 

./libmidas.a(midasio.cxx.o): In function `Lz4Error(int)':
midasio.cxx:(.text+0x359): undefined reference to `MLZ4F_getErrorName(unsigned long)'

So this works, I will assume that in the near future this all will come together in the standard midas release.

thanks  
  2329   07 Feb 2022 Konstantin OlchanskiForumMidasWiki moved from ladd00 to daq00.triumf.ca and updated to MediaWiki 1.35
MidasWiki moved from ladd00 (obsolete SL6) to daq00.triumf.ca (Ubuntu LTS 20.04) 
and updated from obsolete MediaWiki LTS 1.27.7 to MediaWiki LTS 1.35, supported 
until mid-2023, see https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Version_lifecycle

Old URL https://midas.triumf.ca and https://midas.triumf.ca/MidasWiki/...
redirect to new URL https://daq00.triumf.ca/MidasWiki/index.php/Main_Page

All old links and bookmarks should continue to work (via redirect).

To report problems with this MediaWiki instance and to request
any changes in configuration or installed extensions, please reply to this
message here.

K.O.
  2330   08 Feb 2022 jago aartsenBug FixODBINC/Sequencer Issue
Hi all,

I am having some issues getting the ODBINC command to work within the MIDAS 
sequencer. I am trying to increment one of the ODB values but it is returning a 
mismatch data-type size error (see attached image).

All the ODB variables are MIDAS data-type FLOAT and should all be 32-bit values, 
but for some reason MIDAS is thinking they are 4-bit values. I have tried creating 
new ODB keys of type INT32, UINT32 and DOUBLE but they all give the same error.

If anybody has any suggestions I would really appreciate some help:)

Thanks



 
  2331   08 Feb 2022 Konstantin OlchanskiBug FixODBINC/Sequencer Issue
Please post the output of odbedit "ls -l" for /eq/ar.../variables. (you posted the 
variable name as an image, and I cannot cut-and-paste the odb path!). BTW data size 4 is 
correct, 4 bytes for INT32/UINT32/FLOAT. For DOUBLE it should be 8. For you it prints 32 
and this is wrong, we need to see the output of "ls -l".
K.O.
  2332   09 Feb 2022 jago aartsenBug FixODBINC/Sequencer Issue
> Please post the output of odbedit "ls -l" for /eq/ar.../variables. (you posted the 
> variable name as an image, and I cannot cut-and-paste the odb path!). BTW data size 4 is 
> correct, 4 bytes for INT32/UINT32/FLOAT. For DOUBLE it should be 8. For you it prints 32 
> and this is wrong, we need to see the output of "ls -l".
> K.O.

Hi,

Thanks for getting back to me regarding this. The output of "ls -l" is:

[local:mu3eMSci:S]/>cd Equipment/ArduinoTestStation/Variables
[local:mu3eMSci:S]Variables>ls -l
Key name                        Type    #Val  Size  Last Opn Mode Value
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
_T_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  20.93
_F_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  12.8
_P_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  56
_S_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  5
_H_                             FLOAT   1     4     60h  0   RWD  44.74
_B_                             FLOAT   1     4     60h  0   RWD  18.54
_A_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  14.41
_RH_                            FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  41.81
_AT_                            FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  20.46
SP                              INT16   1     2     1h   0   RWD  10

Many Thanks
Jago
  2333   09 Feb 2022 Konstantin OlchanskiBug FixODBINC/Sequencer Issue
> 
> [local:mu3eMSci:S]/>cd Equipment/ArduinoTestStation/Variables
> [local:mu3eMSci:S]Variables>ls -l
> Key name                        Type    #Val  Size  Last Opn Mode Value
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> _T_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  20.93
> _F_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  12.8
> _P_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  56
> _S_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  5
> _H_                             FLOAT   1     4     60h  0   RWD  44.74
> _B_                             FLOAT   1     4     60h  0   RWD  18.54
> _A_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  14.41
> _RH_                            FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  41.81
> _AT_                            FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  20.46
> SP                              INT16   1     2     1h   0   RWD  10
> 

This looks okey, so we still have no explanation for your error. Please post your sequencer 
script?

K.O.
  2334   10 Feb 2022 Francesco RengaForumOPC client within MIDAS
Dear all,
        I finally succeeded to get a working driver for the communication with an OPC 
UA server. It is based on the open62541 library and I use it in combination with the 
generic.h driver class. This is still a crude implementation, but let me post it here, 
maybe it can be useful to somebody else.

BTW, if there is somebody more skilled than me with OPC UA and MIDAS drivers, who is 
willing to give suggestions for improving the implementation, it would be extremely 
appreciated.

Best Regards,
      Francesco



> Dear all,
>      I need to integrate in my MIDAS project the communication with an OPC UA 
> server. My plan is to develop an OPC UA client as a "device" in 
> midas/drivers/device.
> 
> Two questions:
> 
> 1) Is anybody aware of some similar effort for some other project, so that I can 
> get some example?
> 
> 2) What could be the more appropriate driver's class to be used? generic.cxx? 
> multi.cxx?
> 
> Thank you for your help,
>            Francesco
  2335   10 Feb 2022 Stefan RittBug FixODBINC/Sequencer Issue
I tried following script:

ODBSET /Equipment/ArduinoTestStation/Variables/_S_, 10

LOOP 10
  WAIT seconds, 3
  ODBINC /Equipment/ArduinoTestStation/Variables/_S_
ENDLOOP

and it worked as expected. So I conclude the problem must be in your script. Probably a typo in 
the ODB path pointing to a 32-byte string instead to a 4-byte float.

Stefan  
  2336   10 Feb 2022 Stefan RittBug ReportHistory plots deceiving users into thinking data is still logging
The problem has been fixed on commit 825935dc on Oct. 2021 and runs fine since then at PSI. If TRIUMF people 
agree, we can close that issue and proceed.

Stefan
  2337   11 Feb 2022 Alexey KalininBug Reportsome frontend kicked by cm_periodic_tasks
Thanks for the answer.
As soon as I can(possible in a month) I'll try suggestion below:

> One thing to try is set the write cache size to zero and see if your crash goes away. I see
> some indication of something rotten in the event buffer code if write cache is enabled. This
> is set in ODB "/Eq/XXX/Common/Write Cache Size", set it to zero. (beware recent confusion
> where odb settings have no effect depending on value of "equipment_common_overwrite").

I tried to change this ODB for one of the frontend via mhttpd/browser, and eventually it goes back 
to default value (1000 as I remember). but this frontend has the minimum rate 50DWORD/~10sec. and 
depending on cashe size it appears in mdump once per 31 events but all aff them . SO its different 
story, but m.b. it has the same solution to play with Write Cashe Size.    


double free message goes from mserver terminal. 
all of the frontends are remote.
I can't exclude crashes of frontend , but when I run ./frontend -i 1(2,3 etc) thet means that I run 
one code for all, and only several causes crash.also I found that crash in frontend happened while 
it do nothing with collected data (last event reached and new data is not ready), but it tries to 
watch for the ODB changes.I mean it crashes iside (while {odb_changes(value in watchdog)}),and I don't 
know what else happenned meanwhile with cahed buffer.

Future plans is to use event buider for frontends when data/signals will be perfectly reasonable 
i/e/ without broken events. for now i kinda worry about if one of frontends will skip one of the 
event inside its buffer.


Thanks for the way to dig into.
A.    

> > The problem is that eventually some of frontend closed with message 
> > :19:22:31.834 2021/12/02 [rootana,INFO] Client 'Sample Frontend38' on buffer 
> > 'SYSMSG' removed by cm_periodic_tasks because process pid 9789 does not exist
> 
> This messages means what it says. A client was registered with the SYSMSG buffer and this 
> client had pid 9789. At some point some other client (rootana, in this case) checked it and 
> process pid 9789 was no longer running. (it then proceeded to remove the registration).
> 
> There is 2 possibilities:
> - simplest: your frontend has crashed. best to debug this by running it inside gdb, wait for 
> the crash.
> - unlikely: reported pid is bogus, real pid of your frontend is different, the client 
> registration in SYSMSG is corrupted. this would indicate massive corruption of midas shared 
> memory buffers, not impossible if your frontend misbehaves and writes to random memory 
> addresses. ODB has protection against this (normally turned off, easy to enable, set ODB 
> "/experiment/protect odb" to yes), shared memory buffers do not have protection against this 
> (should be added?).
> 
> Do this. When you start your frontend, write down it's pid, when you see the crash message, 
> confirm pid number printed is the same. As additional test, run your frontend inside gdb, 
> after it crashes, you can print the stack trace, etc.
> 
> > 
> > in the meantime mserver loggging :
> > mserver started interactively
> > mserver will listen on TCP port 1175
> > double free or corruption (!prev)
> > double free or corruption (!prev)
> > free(): invalid next size (normal)
> > double free or corruption (!prev)
> > 
> 
> Are these "double free" messages coming from the mserver or from your frontend? (i.e. you run 
> them in different terminals, not all in the same terminal?).
> 
> If messages are coming from the mserver, this confirms possibility (1),
> except that for frontends connected remotely, the pid is the pid of the mserver,
> and what we see are crashes of mserver, not crashes of your frontend. These are much harder to 
> debug.
> 
> You will need to enable core dumps (ODB /Experiment/Enable core dumps set to "y"),
> confirm that core dumps work (i.e. "killall -SEGV mserver", observe core files are created
> in the directory where you started the mserver), reproduce the crash, run "gdb mserver 
> core.NNNN", run "bt" to print the stack trace, post the stack trace here (or email to me 
> directly).
> 
> >
> > I can find some correlation between number of events/event size produced by 
> > frontend, cause its failed when its become big enough. 
> > 
> 
> There is no limit on event size or event rate in midas, you should not see any crash
> regardless of what you do. (there is a limit of event size, because an event has
> to fit inside an event buffer and event buffer size is limited to 2 GB).
> 
> Obviously you hit a bug in mserver that makes it crash. Let's debug it.
> 
> One thing to try is set the write cache size to zero and see if your crash goes away. I see
> some indication of something rotten in the event buffer code if write cache is enabled. This
> is set in ODB "/Eq/XXX/Common/Write Cache Size", set it to zero. (beware recent confusion
> where odb settings have no effect depending on value of "equipment_common_overwrite").
> 
> >
> > frontend scheme is like this:
> > 
> 
> Best if you use the tmfe c++ frontend, event data handling is much simpler and we do not
> have to debug the convoluted old code in mfe.c.
> 
> K.O.
> 
> >
> > poll event time set to 0;
> > 
> > poll_event{
> > //if buffer not transferred return (continue cutting the main buffer)
> > //read main buffer from hardware
> > //buffer not transfered
> > }
> > 
> > read event{
> > // cut the main buffer to subevents (cut one event from main buffer) return;
> > //if (last subevent) {buffer transfered ;return}
> > }
> > 
> > What is strange to me that 2 frontends (1 per remote pc) causing this.
> > 
> > Also, I'm executing one FEcode with -i # flag , put setting eventid in 
> > frontend_init , and using SYSTEM buffer for all.
> > 
> > Is there something I'm missing?
> > Thanks. 
> > A.
  2338   14 Feb 2022 jago aartsenBug FixODBINC/Sequencer Issue
> I tried following script:
> 
> ODBSET /Equipment/ArduinoTestStation/Variables/_S_, 10
> 
> LOOP 10
>   WAIT seconds, 3
>   ODBINC /Equipment/ArduinoTestStation/Variables/_S_
> ENDLOOP
> 
> and it worked as expected. So I conclude the problem must be in your script. Probably a typo in 
> the ODB path pointing to a 32-byte string instead to a 4-byte float.
> 
> Stefan  

Hi Stefan,

Cheers for the reply. I believe the syntax we are using is correct. I have tried copying the script 
you used above and it results in the same error as before. Perhaps something is going wrong 
elsewhere - I will take another look today.

Jago
  2339   14 Feb 2022 jago aartsenBug FixODBINC/Sequencer Issue
> > 
> > [local:mu3eMSci:S]/>cd Equipment/ArduinoTestStation/Variables
> > [local:mu3eMSci:S]Variables>ls -l
> > Key name                        Type    #Val  Size  Last Opn Mode Value
> > ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > _T_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  20.93
> > _F_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  12.8
> > _P_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  56
> > _S_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  5
> > _H_                             FLOAT   1     4     60h  0   RWD  44.74
> > _B_                             FLOAT   1     4     60h  0   RWD  18.54
> > _A_                             FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  14.41
> > _RH_                            FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  41.81
> > _AT_                            FLOAT   1     4     1h   0   RWD  20.46
> > SP                              INT16   1     2     1h   0   RWD  10
> > 
> 
> This looks okey, so we still have no explanation for your error. Please post your sequencer 
> script?
> 
> K.O.

Hey, thanks for getting back to me

We are fairly confident the syntax is correct. Having tried the test script posted by Stefan:

> ODBSET /Equipment/ArduinoTestStation/Variables/_S_, 10
> 
> LOOP 10
>   WAIT seconds, 3
>   ODBINC 

The same error is returned:/

We will take another look today.

Jago
  2340   14 Feb 2022 Stefan RittBug FixODBINC/Sequencer Issue
Just post here a minimal script which produces the error, so that I can try myself.

... and make sure that you have the latest develop version of midas.

Stefan
  2341   14 Feb 2022 jago aartsenBug FixODBINC/Sequencer Issue
> Just post here a minimal script which produces the error, so that I can try myself.
> 
> ... and make sure that you have the latest develop version of midas.
> 
> Stefan

Here is the simplest script which produces the error:

WAIT seconds, 3
ODBINC /Equipment/ArduinoTestStation/Variables/_S_

I noticed that "Jacob Thorne"  in the forum had the same issue as us in Novemeber last 
year. Indeed we have not installed any later versions of MIDAS since then so we will 
double check we have the latest version.

Jago
  2342   14 Feb 2022 Stefan RittBug FixODBINC/Sequencer Issue
> I noticed that "Jacob Thorne"  in the forum had the same issue as us in Novemeber last 
> year. Indeed we have not installed any later versions of MIDAS since then so we will 
> double check we have the latest version.

As you see from my reply to Jacob, the bug has been fixed in midas since then, so just 
update.

Stefan
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