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  184   15 Dec 2004  ForumWhere's the definition of "H1_BOOK()"
When i compile the experiment example of 1.9.5 the problem happened:

adccalib.c: In function `INT adc_calib_init()':
adccalib.c:114: `H1_BOOK' undeclared (first use this function)
adccalib.c:114: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once for each
   function it appears in.)
make: *** [adccalib.o] Error 1

my ROOT is 4.01 and Zlib is 1.2.2
  Draft   05 Mar 2018  Suggestion 
  Draft   07 Jun 2017 Alberto RemotoForumIncrease MAX_EVENT_SIZE
Hello,

I am using a CAEN v1720 to digitise signal coming from 5 PMTs and I need to extend the read-
out window to 1ms.

Given the sampling frequency of 250 MHz, each event would consist of about 4.78 MB

Accordingly to the documentation I found in:

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

 - I modified the value of ODB /Experiment/MAX_EVENT_SIZE to 8 MB (I overestimated it in case 
I will readout all 8 channels of the v1720)
 - I modified the ODB key /Experiment/Buffer Sizes/SYSTEM to 512 MB (which allow to contain 
about 100 events in the buffer)

The max_event_size in the frontend source code is set to 32 MB while the event_buffer size is 
200 times the max_event_size. So I did not modify those values.

When I start a new run, the MIDAS crash and the ODB gets corrupted:

$ odbedit 
[ODBEdit,ERROR] [odb.c:1134:db_open_database,ERROR] Different database format: Shared 
memory is 262148000, program is 3
[ODBEdit,ERROR] [midas.c:2157:cm_connect_experiment1,ERROR] cannot open database
Unexpected error #326

Do you have any idea of what might be the problem?

The same thing happen if I reduce the buffer size to 128 MB.

The computer running MIDAS has 2 Quad CPU @ 2.83GHz and 4 GB RAM.

Thank you in advance for any help!
Alberto
  2011   06 Nov 2020 Alexandr KozlinskiySuggestioncmake build fixes
hi,

there are several problems with current cmake build files in midas:
- not all systems have cuda libs in /usr/local/cuda
- not all cmake version like when redefining vars
  (i.e. redefining ROOT_CXX_FLAGS)
- c++ standard not matching the one used to build ROOT
- ROOTSYS is not needed to find ROOT (it is enough to have root in PATH)

I have posted pull request 'https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/midas/pull-requests/17'
which tries to fix some of the problems.
Tests and comments are welcome.
  1006   06 Jun 2014 Alexey KalininForumproblem with writing data on disk
Hello,
Our experiment based on MIDAS 2.x DAQ.
I'm using several identical frontend-%d  with only lam source & event id changed, 
running on 2 computers(~3frontends per one).
Each recieve about 10k Events (Max_SIZE =8*1024, but usually it is less then 
sizeof(DWORD)*400) per 7sec.
With no mlogger running it works just fine, but when I'm starting mlogger (on 3-d 
computer with mserver running)... looking at ethernet stat graph first 2-3 spills 
goes well, with one peak per 7 sec, then it becomes junky and everithing crushed 
(mlogger and frontends).
I tried to increase SYSTEM buffer and restart everything. What I saw was Logger 
writes only half of recieved events from sum of frontends, it stays running for 
awhile ~15minutes. If I push STOP button  before crashing, mlogger continious 
writing data on disk enough priod of time.
I will try to look at disk usage for bad sectors @HDD, but may be there is an easy 
way to fix this problem and i did something wrong. 
structure of frontend has code like
EQ_POLLED , POLL for 500,

frontend_loop{
read big buffer with 10k events;bufferread=true;
}

poll_event{
for (i=0;i<count;i++){
 if (bufferread) lam=1;
 if (!test) return lam;
 }
return 0;
}

read_trigger{
bk_init32();
//fill event with buffer until current word!=0xffffffff
if (currentposition+2 >buffer_size) bufferread=false
}
|
Help needed, please. Suggestions.
Thanks, Alexey.
  1009   16 Jun 2014 Alexey KalininForumproblem with writing data on disk
Hello, once again.
What I found is when I tryed to stop the run, mlogger still working and writing some 
data, that i'm sure is not right, because frontend's are in stopped state
( for ex. every 3*frontend got 50k, mlogger showes 120k . Stop button pushed, but data 
in .mid file collect more then 150k~300k ev)
. And it continue writing until it crashes by the default waiting period 10s.
  1010   18 Jun 2014 Alexey KalininForumproblem with writing data on disk
Hello, 
I'm in deppression.
I removed Everything from computer with mserver and reinstall system and midas.
Then I tried to run tutorial example.
Often run did not stop by pushing STOP button (mlogger stuck it, odbedit stop 
works)
After first START button pushed number of event taken by frontend equals mlogger 
events 
written. Next run (without mlogger restarting) mlogger double the number of 
events taken by 
frontend.(see attachment).Restarting mlogger fix this double counting.
What i've did wrong?
Attachment 1: 39.png
39.png
  2307   02 Dec 2021 Alexey KalininBug Reportsome frontend kicked by cm_periodic_tasks
Hello,
We have a small experiment with MIDAS based DAQ.
Status page shows :
ES	ESFrontend@192.168.0.37	207	0.2	0.000
Trigger06	Sample Frontend06@192.168.0.37	1.297M	0.3	0.000
Trigger01	Sample Frontend01@192.168.0.37	1.297M	0.3	0.000
Trigger16	Sample Frontend16@192.168.0.37	1.297M	0.3	0.000
Trigger38	Sample Frontend38@192.168.0.37	1.297M	0.3	0.000
Trigger37	Sample Frontend37@192.168.0.37	1.297M	0.3	0.000
Trigger03	Sample Frontend03@192.168.0.38	1.297M	0.3	0.000
Trigger07	Sample Frontend07@192.168.0.38	1.297M	0.3	0.000
Trigger04	Sample Frontend04@192.168.0.38	59898	0.0	0.000
Trigger08	Sample Frontend08@192.168.0.38	59898	0.0	0.000
Trigger17	Sample Frontend17@192.168.0.38	59898	0.0	0.000


And SYSTEM buffers page shows:
ESFrontend	1968	198	47520	0	0x00000000	0		
193 ms
Sample Frontend06	1332547	1330826	379729872	0	0x00000000	
0		1.1 sec
Sample Frontend16	1332542	1330839	361988208	0	0x00000000	
0		94 ms
Sample Frontend37	1332530	1330841	337798408	0	0x00000000	
0		1.1 sec
Sample Frontend01	1332543	1330829	467136688	0	0x00000000	
0		34 ms
Sample Frontend38	1332528	1330830	291453608	0	0x00000000	
0		1.1 sec
Sample Frontend04	63254	61467	20882584	0	0x00000000	
0		208 ms
Sample Frontend08	63262	61476	27904056	0	0x00000000	
0		205 ms
Sample Frontend17	63271	61473	20433840	0	0x00000000	
0		213 ms
Sample Frontend03	1332549	1330818	386821728	0	0x00000000	
0		82 ms
Sample Frontend07	1332554	1330821	462210896	0	0x00000000	
0		37 ms
Logger	968742	0w+9500418r	0w+2718405736r	0	0x00000000	0	
GET_ALL Used 0 bytes 0.0%	303 ms
rootana	254561	0w+29856958r	0w+8718288352r	0	0x00000000	0		
762 ms


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

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)


I can find some correlation between number of events/event size produced by 
frontend, cause its failed when its become big enough. 

frontend scheme is like this:

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.
  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.
  1751   06 Jan 2020 Alireza TalebitaherForumSSL_ERROR_NO_CYPHER_OVERLAP
Hello,

I am quite new in both Linux and MIDAS.
I have install MIDAS on my desktop by going through this link: 
https://midas.triumf.ca/MidasWiki/index.php/Quickstart_Linux 

in the last step when I send "mhttpd" command and try to open the link 
https://localhost:8443 (of course, changing the localhost with my host name), it 
failed to connect and shows this error: SSL_ERROR_NO_CYPHER_OVERLAP (please see 
attached file includes a screenshot of the error).

I have tried many ways to solve this problem: In Firefox: going to option/privacy 
and security/ security and uncheck the option "Block dangerous and deceptive 
content". but it does not help.

Looking forward your help
Thanks
Mehran
Attachment 1: MIDAS_SSL_ERROR.png
MIDAS_SSL_ERROR.png
  1753   07 Jan 2020 Alireza TalebitaherForumSSL_ERROR_NO_CYPHER_OVERLAP
Hi Konstantin,
Thanks for your reply, 

> What Linux? (on most linuxes, run "lsb_release -a")
> What version of midas? (run odbedit "ver" command)
I am using CentOS 8

> What version of firefox? (from the "about firefox" menu)
Firefox 71.0

Thanks 
Mehran

> No you cannot fix it from inside firefox. The issue is that the overlap of encryption methods
> supported by your firefox and by your openssl library (used by mhttpd) is an empty set.
> No common language, so to say, communication is impossible.
> 
> So either you have a very old openssl but very new firefox, or a very new openssl but very old 
> firefox. Both very old or both very new can talk to each other, difficulties start with greater  
> difference in age, as new (better) encryption methods are added and old (no-longer-secure) 
> methods are banished.
> 
> BTW, for good security we recommend using apache httpd as the https proxy (instead of built-in 
> https support in mhttpd). (I am not sure what it says in the current documentation). (But apache 
> httpd will use the same openssl library, so this may not solve your problem. Let's see what 
> versions of software you are using, per questions above, first).
> 
> K.O.
  1755   08 Jan 2020 Alireza TalebitaherForumSSL_ERROR_NO_CYPHER_OVERLAP
Hi,
As, the link suggests, I perform "yum install -y mod_ssl certwatch crypto-utils" but it complains as:
No match for argument: certwatch
No match for argument: crypto-utils

You may have a look on this link: https://blog.cloudware.bg/en/whats-new-in-centos-linux-8/
What’s gone?
In with the new, out with the old. CentOS 8 also says goodbye to some features. The OS removes several security functionalities. Among them is the Clevis HTTP pin, Coolkey and crypto-utils.
Cent OS 8 comes with securetty disabled by default. The configuration file is no longer included. You can add it back, but you will have to do it yourself. Another change is that shadow-utils no longer allow all-numeric user and group names.

Thanks
Mehran

> Hi, I have not run midas on Centos-8 yet. Maybe there is a problem with the openssl library there. The Centos-7 
> instructions for setting up apache httpd proxy are here, with luck they work on centos-8:
> https://daq.triumf.ca/DaqWiki/index.php/SLinstall#Configure_HTTPS_server_.28CentOS7.29
> 
> K.O.
> 
  1041   15 Dec 2014 Amy RobertsForumlock ODB variables within sequencer?
Hello,

I'm wondering if it would be possible to add the ability to lock ODB variables as 
a sequencer command.

The "Lock when running" directory in the ODB /Experiment tree seems to apply only 
during a run - I'd like a way to lock a variable outside a run.

Is this possible within the sequencer?  Or have I overlooked existing 
functionality?

Thanks!

Amy
  1121   15 Oct 2015 Amy RobertsForumlazylogger: a little less lazy?
We're using the lazylogger to trigger a script that copies files, and the lag 
between a completed file appearing and the lazylogger trigger occasionally feels 
uncomfortably long.  It's not too bad - at most, around five or so minutes.  But 
of course it's tough to be patient when you're waiting to look at data.

The settings for our lazylogger specify a 'Stay behind' of zero and a 'Period' of 
zero.

Is there a way to make the lazylogger less lazy?  What determines the time 
between the appearance of a file and the lazylogger trigger?
  1129   29 Oct 2015 Amy RobertsInfosynchronous ajax deprecated
We're using mhttpd for calls that end up working better with asynchronous requests, and we've built up sort of a parallel, asynchronous library using javascript Promises.

The Promises (which are in the ES6 spec) have worked incredibly well for building well-behaved, sequential calls to mhttpd.  Personally, I also find their syntax much easier to wrap my
head around, especially compared to callbacks.

I'd be happy to add these functions to midas.js if there's general interest. 

> If using a synchronous AJAX call, such as "foo=ODBGet("/runinfo/state");", google chrome will prints this to the javascript console:
> 
> "Synchronous XMLHttpRequest on the main thread is deprecated because of its detrimental effects to the end user's experience. For more help, check http://xhr.spec.whatwg.org/."
> 
> The referenced URL has this text:
> 
> "Synchronous XMLHttpRequest outside of workers is in the process of being removed from the web platform as it has detrimental effects to the end user's experience. (This is a long 
> process that takes many years.) Developers must not pass false for the async argument when the JavaScript global environment is a document environment. User agents are strongly 
> encouraged to warn about such usage in developer tools and may experiment with throwing an InvalidAccessError exception when it occurs."
> 
> Then jQuery say this: http://api.jquery.com/jquery.ajax/
> 
> "As of jQuery 1.8, the use of async: false with jqXHR ($.Deferred) is deprecated; you must use the success/error/complete callback options instead of the corresponding methods of the 
> jqXHR object such as jqXHR.done() or the deprecated jqXHR.success()."
> 
> This sounds rather severe but one must flow with the flow. Synchronous RPC is out, async is in.
> 
> Many of the old MIDAS AJAX functions are fully synchronous (i.e. "foo=ODBGet("/blah");"), some more recent ones support both sync and async use (i.e. ODBMCopy()).
> 
> All the newly added functions *must* by async-only. For example, all the new JSON-RPC functions are async-only and require the use of callbacks to get at the data.
> 
> Converting existing javascript custom pages from sync AJAX (hah! it's SJAX, not AJAX) will require some work, and one might as well start today.
> 
> Personally, I think this excessive use of callbacks for all javascript web page programming is an unnecessary PITA, but I also do understand the motivation
> of people who write web browsers and javascript engines - removal of support for synchronous RPC makes many things much simpler -
> and even small speedup of javascript execution and better browser efficiency is welcome improvements (but not free improvements - as old web pages need to be converted).
> 
> K.O.
  1133   05 Nov 2015 Amy RobertsBug Reportdeferred transition causes sequencer to fail
When using the sequencer to start and stop runs which use a deferred transition,
the sequencer fails with a "Cannot stop run: ..." error.

Checking for the "CM_DEFERRED_TRANSITION" case in the first-pass block of the
'Stop' code in sequencer.cxx is one way to solve the problem - though there may
well be better solutions. 

My edited portion of sequencer.cxx is below.  Is this an acceptable solution
that could be introduced to the master branch?

} else if (equal_ustring(mxml_get_value(pn), "Stop")) {
    if (!seq.transition_request) {
       seq.transition_request = TRUE;
       size = sizeof(state);
       db_get_value(hDB, 0, "/Runinfo/State", &state, &size, TID_INT, FALSE);
       if (state != STATE_STOPPED) {
          status = cm_transition(TR_STOP, 0, str, sizeof(str), TR_MTHREAD |
TR_SYNC, TRUE);
          if (status == CM_DEFERRED_TRANSITION) {
             // do nothing
          } else if (status != CM_SUCCESS) {
             sprintf(str, "Cannot stop run: %s", str);
             seq_error(str);
          }
       }
    } else {
       // Wait until transition has finished
       size = sizeof(state);
       db_get_value(hDB, 0, "/Runinfo/State", &state, &size, TID_INT, FALSE);
       if (state == STATE_STOPPED) {
          seq.transition_request = FALSE;

          if (seq.stop_after_run) {
             seq.stop_after_run = FALSE;
             seq.running = FALSE;
             seq.finished = TRUE;
             cm_msg(MTALK, "sequencer", "Sequencer is finished.");
          } else
             seq.current_line_number++;

          db_set_record(hDB, hKeySeq, &seq, sizeof(seq), 0);
       } else {
         // do nothing
       }
    }
}
  1137   18 Nov 2015 Amy RobertsInfosynchronous ajax deprecated
> Why don't you post the functions here so that we can have a look? 

Here is (1) my promisified HTTP request function and (2) a function that uses the returned promises to build an asynchronous, sequential chain of requests to Midas.

Note that if something seems ugly, it's likely because I didn't take the time to clean it up, and not because it particularly *needs* to be ugly.

###### promisified HTTP request ######
In addition to promisifying HTTP requests to Midas, I wanted the Promise.resolve from this function to always return valid JSON.  I also wanted the promise to reject if the response from mhttpd indicated
failure - so that we wouldn't have to rewrite this error checking throughout the code.  The function is so long becuase we make many different calls to mhttpd, and most of them need custom error checking
and, if successful, response packaging.

// begin cdms.daq.utilities.get()
cdms.daq.utilities.get = function(url) {
  return new Promise(function(resolve, reject) {
    // XHR request
    var req = new XMLHttpRequest();
    req.open('GET',url);
 
    req.onload = function() {
      //console.log('done with ', url);
      if(req.status == 200 || req.status == 302) {
        // 'http://dcrc01.triumf.ca:8081/?cmd=jcopy&odb=CustomScript/nonexistent&encoding=json'
        // 'http://dcrc01.triumf.ca:8081/?cmd=jkey&odb=CustomScript/nonexistent'
        // both return <DB_NO_KEY>
        if(/DB_NO_KEY/gi.test(req.response)) {
          reject(req.response);
      
        // 'http://dcrc01.triumf.ca:8081/?cmd=jkey&odb=CustomScript/nonexistent&encoding=json' 
        // returns {"/error": 312}
        } else if(/error.+:\s*\d+/.test(req.response)) {
          reject('<DB_NO_KEY>');
 
        // attempting to start (or stop) a run when a run is already started (or stopped) with
        // 'http://dcrc01.triumf.ca:8081/?cmd=stop' 
        // returns ...<title>MIDAS error</title></head><body><H1>Run is not running</H1>...
        } else if(/MIDAS error/i.test(req.response)) {
          var error_str = /<H1>(.*)<\/H1>/i.exec(req.response);
          reject(error_str[0]);
 
        // 'http://dcrc01.triumf.ca:8081/?cmd=jcreate&odb=/test/foo2&type=7&encoding=json'
        // returns either 1 (creation successful) or 311 (already exists)
        } else if(/jcreate/i.test(url) && (req.response=='1' || req.response=='311')) {
          resolve({'success': true});
 
        // 'http://dcrc01.triumf.ca:8081/?cmd=jset&odb=/test/foo2&val=9&encoding=json'
        // returns OK
        } else if(/jset/i.test(url) && (req.response=='OK')) {
          resolve({'success': true});
 
        // http://dcrc01.triumf.ca:8081/SEQ/?cmd=Load+Script
        // returns an html page showing all available sequencer files
        } else if(/SEQ.*cmd=Load.+Script/i.test(url)) {
          console.log('match Seq load script command url');
          fileList = req.response.match(/\w+.msl/gi);
          resolve({'success': true, 'files': fileList});
 
        // http://dcrc01.triumf.ca:8081/SEQ/?cmd=jmsg&n=10
        // returns 10 most recent messages
        } else if(/.*cmd=jmsg/i.test(url)) {
          console.log('match command url to get messages from mlogger');
          //console.log(req.response);
          resolve({'success': true, 'messages': req.response});
 
        // http://dcrc01.triumf.ca:8081/SEQ/?fs=testflash.msl&dir=&cmd=Load
        // returns <html>redir</html>
        } else if(/SEQ.+fs=\w+.msl&.*cmd=Load/i.test(url)) {
          resolve({'success': true});
 
        // http://dcrc01.triumf.ca:8081/SEQ/?cmd=Start+Script&params=1
        // returns a status of 302 but no response
        } else if(/SEQ.+\?cmd=Start.+Script/i.test(url)) {
          resolve({'success': true});
 
        // http://dcrc01.triumf.ca:8081/?customscript=XYZ&redir=.
        // returns a status of 302 but no response
        // although the redir causes a network call to
        // (in this case) the Midas home page,
        // and that seems to be the req.response
        } else if(/redir/i.test(url)) {
          resolve({'success': true});
 
        // all other responses should be valid JSON
        } else {
          try {
            var json_obj = JSON.parse(req.response);
 
            if(json_obj && typeof json_obj === "object" && json_obj !== null){
              resolve(json_obj);
            }
          } catch(err) {
            console.log('url is ',url);
            console.log('response is ',req.response);
 
            alert(err);
            reject(err);
          }
      }
    } 
    };
     
    req.onerror = function() {
      reject(Error("Network Error"));
    };
 
    req.send();
    //console.log('request to ', url);
  });
}; // end cdms.daq.utilities.get()


###### using promisified HTTP request ######
This is an excerpt that attempts to 
(1) run a script on the DAQ computer, producing a sequencer file
(2) check that the script is completed
(3) load the sequencer file
(4) run the sequencer

Failures on any step jump to the catch, which prints the error on screen.

These are HTTP calls, and given my buggy network should be asynchronous.  At the same time, each of these steps should happen only after its predecessor is completed.  To force sequential execution,
functions within a .then() clause return a Promise object. 

// set the argument string for {{scriptname}}
// then run {{scriptname}}
// check the message log until the success of the script is verified
// check that the sequencer sees the expected file (not implemented!)
// then load the resulting sequencer file
// then start the sequencer
cdms.daq.utilities.get(url).then(function() {
  // call customscript
  var cmd_str = '?customscript=' + scriptName_str + '&redir=.';
  return cdms.daq.utilities.get(baseURL_str + cmd_str);
}).then(function() {
  return checkScriptLoop(uid);
}).then(function() {
  var load_str = baseURL_str + '/SEQ/?cmd=Load+Script';
  console.log('execute promise for url ', load_str);
  return cdms.daq.utilities.get(load_str);
}).then(function() {
  var load_str = '/SEQ/?fs=' + seqFile_str + '&dir=&cmd=Load';
  console.log('execute promise for url ', load_str);
  return cdms.daq.utilities.get(baseURL_str + load_str);
}).then(function() {
  var startSeq_str = '/SEQ/?cmd=Start+Script&params=1';
  console.log('execute promise for url ', startSeq_str);
  return cdms.daq.utilities.get(baseURL_str + startSeq_str);
}).catch(function(error) {
  alert(error);
}).then(function() {
  window.frames['flash-frame'].location = baseURL_str + '/SEQ/';
});
  1138   18 Nov 2015 Amy RobertsInfosynchronous ajax deprecated
> I checked again on browser compatibility:
> 
> el6: firefox 38 - ok, google-chrome 27 - no
> el7: firefox 38 - ok, google-chrome 46 - ok
> ubuntu: firefox 42 - ok
> 
> mac os, windows - we say "latest firefox or google-chrome is required", then - ok
> 
> So we are probably okey with using javascript Promises with MIDAS...

It looks like this does mean that people using RHEL6 won't have the option of chrome - can they update chrome?

One option is to include a polyfill library like Lie (https://github.com/calvinmetcalf/lie).
  1140   19 Nov 2015 Amy RobertsInfosynchronous ajax deprecated
> Right now the JSON-RPC client library does not check the return status of MIDAS calls themselves, i.e. ODBGet("/nonexistant") will go to Promise.resolve() with
> the MIDAS db_find_key() status DB_NO_KEY instead of Promise.reject(). So some error handling in Promise.resolve() is still required.

> I am thinking how to make these calls go to the error handler automatically, but there is no obvious solution for ODBMGet(["/runinfo", "/nonexistant"]) - the first path
> is a success, the second is a failure, do I fail the entire transaction (i.e. with a JSON-RPC error)? Same for JSON-RPC batch transactions - if one transaction
> in the batch fails, do I Promise.reject() all of them?


Generally, I'd prefer a grouped-request like ODBMGet to return an array of
Promises.  This way, I get to decide how to handle the request responses.  While
I do have cases where I use Promise.all(...), most of my current code would want
to treat each response individually.

But as you point out, my approach differs from the Midas approach significantly.
While I've set up my queries to reject on responses like DB_NO_KEY, the function
mjsonrpc_send_request in mhttpd.js tests purely for a successful http
request.

Since ODBMGet makes a *single* http call, I'd naively lean toward having it
return a single Promise.  Presumably, one that resolves if the http request
"goes through" and rejects if the http request fails. 

My perspective may not be the useful one to consider, though.  If other users
expect an array of promises returned from ODBMGet, definitely feel free to
ignore my thoughts on the matter.

If people really want ODBMGet to return an array of promises, one way to do it
would be to have a 'get' function that only cares about the success of the http
request, and a separate 'response checking' function that validates the
response.  ODBMGet can use these two functions together to return an array of
Promises:

#########
mhttpd.js
#########
function get(url) { 
  // return a promise that resolves if the http request returns status=200
  // reject if the http request does anything else
}

function checkResponse(response) {
  // return a promise that resolves for "good" responses
  // and rejects for "bad response"
}

function ODBMGet(path_arr) {
  var url = // build url from path_arr
  
  // syntax get().then(A).catch(B) means
  // if the http request goes through, A is executed
  // if the http request fails, B is executed
  // ;
  // for get, failure means no successful reply at all
  // so ODBMGet should return an array of rejected Promises 
  get(url).then(function(response) {
    response_arr = // split the response
    return response_arr.map(checkResponse)
  }).catch(function(err) {
    return path_arr.forEach(function() {
      return Promise.reject(err)
    })
  })
}

#########
user code
#########
// here the Promises are treated individually
var response_arr = ODBMGet([path1, path2, path3])

response_arr.forEach(function(thisResponse) {
  thisResponse.then( /* do something */ )
              .catch( /* do something else */ )
})

// and here the failure of a single promise in the array
// determines the code that's executed next
var required_arr = ODBMGet([pathA, pathB, pathC])

Promise.all(required_arr).then( /* do something */ )
                         .catch( /* do something else */ )
  1150   10 Dec 2015 Amy RobertsSuggestionscript command limited to 256 characters; remove limit?
Both the /Script and /CustomScript trees in the ODB allow users to trigger a 
script via Midas - which silently truncates command strings longer than 
256 characters.

I'd prefer that Midas place no limit on string length.  Failing that, it would be
helpful to have character limits called out in the documentation 
(https://midas.triumf.ca/MidasWiki/index.php//Script_ODB_tree#.3Cscript-name.3E_key_or_subtree,
https://midas.triumf.ca/MidasWiki/index.php//Customscript_ODB_tree).

As far as I can tell, odb.c allows arbitrarily large strings in the ODB data.  
(Although key *names* are restricted to 256 characters.)  I've submitted one 
possible version of an arbitrary-length exec_script() as a pull request 
(https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/midas/pull-requests/).

Am I misunderstanding any critical pieces?  Does Midas intentionally treat 
strings in the ODB as limited to 256 characters?
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