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  2436   23 Aug 2022 Konstantin OlchanskiBug Fix"Detected duplicate or non-monotonous data" in history files
> serious (but rare) bug was fixed in the history reader.

previous fix was incomplete. please update to git commit
https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/midas/commits/b343c3c98e4e6fd00a00cf686c74c7ccc6da0c63

K.O.
  2435   22 Aug 2022 Stefan RittSuggestionmvodb functionality to get the 'LastWritten' property of a key
> I want to read data from the ODB with the mvodb interface in one of my frontends, it's useful to know how old that data is, so I prototyped functionality in a pull request to mvodb:
> 
> https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/mvodb/pull-requests/2/add-readkeylastwritten-function-to-extract

Thanks for raising that point. I realized that the odbxx API was also missing that functionality, so I added it: 
https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/midas/commits/6991a92c19292eaf67721cb80f182c61db077f45

Best,
Stefan
  2434   21 Aug 2022 Joseph McKennaSuggestionmvodb functionality to get the 'LastWritten' property of a key


I want to read data from the ODB with the mvodb interface in one of my frontends, it's useful to know how old that data is, so I prototyped functionality in a pull request to mvodb:

https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/mvodb/pull-requests/2/add-readkeylastwritten-function-to-extract
  2433   19 Aug 2022 Konstantin OlchanskiBug Fix"Detected duplicate or non-monotonous data" in history files
serious (but rare) bug was fixed in the history reader. unlucky experiment would see 
errors about "Detected duplicate or non-monotonous data" in some history file, fixed by 
removing/renaming the offending file. (reported by MEG experiment)

it turns out there was nothing wrong with the data files (good), but there
was a nasty bug in the history reader. it did not ensure that we read history
files in chronological order. under some conditions order of files could be
reversed, older files would be read after newer files and trip the built-in
protection against returning non-monotonically increasing history data to the user.

fixed commit 
https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/midas/commits/9893f85ebe33e96cc63f501a0f89e1f8932c894d

for more details, see https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/midas/issues/350/file-history-non-
monotonic-time

K.O.
  2432   17 Aug 2022 Stefan RittBug Reportfirefox hangs due to mhistory
> Some of my histories are placed in an IFrame object. I eventually realized that my code fails 
> when it tries to resize a history which is placed in an invisible IFrame. I resolved the issue 
> by making sure that I am resizing plots only if they are in a visible IFrame.

Just to be clear: You could resolve everything on your side, or do you need to change anything in mhistory.js?

Just a tip: IFrames are not good to put anything in. I recommend just to dynamically crate a <div> element, 
append it to the document body, make it floating and initially invisible. Then put all inside that div. Have
a look how control.js do it. This takes less resources than a complete IFrame and is much easier to handle.

Stefan
  Draft   17 Aug 2022 Stefan RittBug Reportfirefox hangs due to mhistory
> Some of my histories are placed in an IFrame object. I eventually realized that my code fails 
> when it tries to resize a history which is placed in an invisible IFrame. I resolved the issue 
> by making sure that I am resizing plots only if they are in a visible IFrame.

Just to be clear: You could resolve everything on your side, or do you need to change anything in mhistory.js?

Just a tip: IFrames are not good to put anything in. I recommend just to dynamically crate a <div> element, 
append it to the document body, make it floating and initially invisible. Then put all inside that div. Have
a look how control.js do it. T
  2430   17 Aug 2022 Zaher SalmanBug Reportfirefox hangs due to mhistory
> The problem lies in your function mhistory_init_one() in Mudas.js:1965. You can only call "new MhistoryGraph(e)" with an element "e" which is something like
> 
> <div class="mjshistory" data-group="..." data-panel="..." data-base-u-r-l="https://host.psi.ch/?cmd=history" title="">
> 
> Please note the "data-base-u-r-l". This gets automatically added by the function mhistory_init() in mhistory.js:48. The URL is necessary sot that the upper right button in a history graph works which goes to a history page only showing the current graph.
> 
> In you function mhistory_init_one() you forgot the call
> 
>    mhist.dataset.baseURL = baseURL; 
> 
> where baseURL has to come from the current address bar like
> 
>    let baseURL = window.location.href;
>    if (baseURL.indexOf("?cmd") > 0)
>       baseURL = baseURL.substr(0, baseURL.indexOf("?cmd"));
>    baseURL += "?cmd=history";
> 
> If you duplicate some functionality from mhistory.js, please make sure to duplicate it completely.
> 

Thanks Stefan, but this was not the problem since I am setting the baseURL. You may have looked at the code during my debugging.

Some of my histories are placed in an IFrame object. I eventually realized that my code fails when it tries to resize a history which is placed in an invisible IFrame. I resolved the issue by making sure that I am resizing plots only if they are in a visible IFrame.
  
  2429   17 Aug 2022 Stefan RittBug Reportfirefox hangs due to mhistory
The problem lies in your function mhistory_init_one() in Mudas.js:1965. You can only call "new MhistoryGraph(e)" with an element "e" which is something like

<div class="mjshistory" data-group="..." data-panel="..." data-base-u-r-l="https://host.psi.ch/?cmd=history" title="">

Please note the "data-base-u-r-l". This gets automatically added by the function mhistory_init() in mhistory.js:48. The URL is necessary sot that the upper right button in a history graph works which goes to a history page only showing the current graph.

In you function mhistory_init_one() you forgot the call

   mhist.dataset.baseURL = baseURL; 

where baseURL has to come from the current address bar like

   let baseURL = window.location.href;
   if (baseURL.indexOf("?cmd") > 0)
      baseURL = baseURL.substr(0, baseURL.indexOf("?cmd"));
   baseURL += "?cmd=history";

If you duplicate some functionality from mhistory.js, please make sure to duplicate it completely.

Best,
Stefan
  2428   16 Aug 2022 Konstantin OlchanskiBug Reportfirefox hangs due to mhistory
> > > Firefox is hanging/becoming unresponsive due to javascript code.
> 
> The URL (reachable only within PSI) is http://lem03.psi.ch:8081/?cmd=custom&page=Mudas

so malfunction is not in the midas history page, but in a custom page. I could help you debug it,
but you would have to provide the complete source code (javascript and html).

> Firefox is version 91.12.0esr (64-bit), but I had similar issues with chrome/chromium too.

my firefox is 103.something. when you say google-chrome has "similar issues",
I read it as "google-chrome does not show this same bug, but shows some other
bug somewhere else". (if I misread you, you have to write better).

but this gives you a front to attack your bugs. basically all browsers should render your
custom page exactly the same (unless you use some obscure or experimental feature, which I
recommend against).

so you tweak your page to identify the source of different rendering results, and try to eliminate it,
hopefully by the time you get your page render exactly the same everywhere, all the real bugs
have gotten shaken out, too. (this is similar to debugging a c++ program by compiling
it on linux, mac, windows, vax, raspbery pi, etc and checking that you get the same result everywhere).

> The hangs seem to happen randomly so I have not been able to reproduce it yet.

I find that javascript debuggers are not setup to debug hangs. I think debugger runs partially
inside the same javascript engine you are debugging, so both hang and debugging is impossible.

(latest google-chrome has another improvement, all pages from the same computer run in the same
javascript engine, so if one midas page stops (on exception or because I debug it), all midas pages
stop and I have to run two different browsers if I want to debug (i.e.) a history page crash
and look at odb at the same time. fun).

K.O.
  2427   16 Aug 2022 Zaher SalmanBug Reportfirefox hangs due to mhistory
I found the bug. The problem is triggered by changing the firefox window. This calls a function that is supposed to change the size of the history plot and it works well when the history plots are visible but not if the history plots are hidden in a javascript tab (not another firefox tab).

Is there a clean way to resize the history plot if the parent div changes size?? The offending code is
mhist[i].mhg = new MhistoryGraph(mhist[i]);
mhist[i].mhg.initializePanel(i);
mhist[i].mhg.resize();
mhist[i].resize = function () {
   mhis.mhg.resize();
};
  2426   16 Aug 2022 Zaher SalmanBug Reportfirefox hangs due to mhistory
> > Firefox is hanging/becoming unresponsive due to javascript code. After stopping the script manually to get firefox back in control I have the following message in the console
> > 
> > 17:21:28.821 Script terminated by timeout at:
> > MhistoryGraph.prototype.drawTAxis@http://lem03.psi.ch:8081/mhistory.js:2828:7
> > MhistoryGraph.prototype.draw@http://lem03.psi.ch:8081/mhistory.js:1792:9
> > mhistory.js:2828:7
> > 
> > Any ideas how to resolve this??
> 
> I have to reproduce the problem. Can you send me the full URL from your browser when you see that problem? Probably you have some "special" axis limits, so we don't see that 
> problem anywhere else.
> 
> Stefan

Hi Stefan and Konstantin,

The URL (reachable only within PSI) is http://lem03.psi.ch:8081/?cmd=custom&page=Mudas
Firefox is version 91.12.0esr (64-bit), but I had similar issues with chrome/chromium too.
The hangs seem to happen randomly so I have not been able to reproduce it yet. 
I have histories here  http://lem03.psi.ch:8081/?cmd=custom&page=Mudas&tab=3 (30 minutes each), but I have also histories popping up in modals though they do not cause any issues. 
I'll try to reproduce it in the coming few days and report again.

thanks,
Zaher
  2425   15 Aug 2022 Stefan RittBug Reportfirefox hangs due to mhistory
> Firefox is hanging/becoming unresponsive due to javascript code. After stopping the script manually to get firefox back in control I have the following message in the console
> 
> 17:21:28.821 Script terminated by timeout at:
> MhistoryGraph.prototype.drawTAxis@http://lem03.psi.ch:8081/mhistory.js:2828:7
> MhistoryGraph.prototype.draw@http://lem03.psi.ch:8081/mhistory.js:1792:9
> mhistory.js:2828:7
> 
> Any ideas how to resolve this??

I have to reproduce the problem. Can you send me the full URL from your browser when you see that problem? Probably you have some "special" axis limits, so we don't see that 
problem anywhere else.

Stefan
  2424   15 Aug 2022 Zaher SalmanBug Reportfirefox hangs due to mhistory
Firefox is hanging/becoming unresponsive due to javascript code. After stopping the script manually to get firefox back in control I have the following message in the console

17:21:28.821 Script terminated by timeout at:
MhistoryGraph.prototype.drawTAxis@http://lem03.psi.ch:8081/mhistory.js:2828:7
MhistoryGraph.prototype.draw@http://lem03.psi.ch:8081/mhistory.js:1792:9
mhistory.js:2828:7

Any ideas how to resolve this??
  2423   08 Aug 2022 Stefan RittInfoInformation for midas updates though git
> after I set "submodule.recurse true", I still have to type "git submodule update --
> init --recursive", without --recursive, mscb/mxml is empty and the build bombs.

Indeed, doesn't work for me either. If some git guru has some more insight, please post 
here!

 
> P.S. the underlying issue is that the mxml submodule is now included twice 
> (midas/mxml and midas/mscb/mxml) and there is nothing to enforce that both copies are 
> the same. (No idea what happens if the two mxml's are different).

The version of each mxml is defined by last commit of the parent repository, which contains 
the hash of the submodule version. If we have to update mxml for some reason, we have to 
commit also mscb with the new version, and then midas with the same version of mxml. If one 
checks out midas then with 

git clone https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/midas --recursive

one gets the same versions for mxml.
  2422   08 Aug 2022 Konstantin OlchanskiInfoodb disallow key names that start or end with spaces
while testing the new odb editor, we ran into a number of problems with key names 
that start or end with spaces. we cannot think of any valid use case for such key 
names (subdirectories and variables) and we think they could only have been 
created by mistake. ODB now disallows such names. K.O.
  2421   08 Aug 2022 Konstantin OlchanskiInfoInformation for midas updates though git
> git pull --recurse-submodules
> git submodule update --init --recursive
> git config submodule.recurse true

does not work for me, macos 12.4 git 2.32.1.

after I set "submodule.recurse true", I still have to type "git submodule update --
init --recursive", without --recursive, mscb/mxml is empty and the build bombs.

P.S. the underlying issue is that the mxml submodule is now included twice 
(midas/mxml and midas/mscb/mxml) and there is nothing to enforce that both copies are 
the same. (No idea what happens if the two mxml's are different).
  2420   08 Aug 2022 Konstantin OlchanskiInfomidas on ubuntu LTS 22.04
reporting that as of commit 78f707c0686d22f8329c7a1f1c46d7dccf35ceff, midas builds 
without errors or warnings on Ubuntu LTS 22.04, 20.04, CentOS-7 and MacOS 12.4. 
(except for some warnings from mscb and msc). K.O.
  2419   08 Aug 2022 Stefan RittInfoImprovement of odbxx API
After some thought, I changed the API again and removed the flag in the constructor,
so the system now automatically choses the best algorithm depending if the client
is connected to a local or a remote API. So in all cases you use again the old syntax:

midas::odb o("/Equipment");



Stefan
  2418   06 Aug 2022 Stefan RittInfoImprovement of odbxx API
While the odbxx API has been successfully used since the last months, a potential 
problem with large ODBs surfaced. If you have lots of data in the ODB and load it 
into an object like

midas::odb o("/Equipment");

this might take quite long, since each ODB value is fetched separately, which is 
very quick on a local machine but can take long over a client-server connection. 
For large experiments this can take up to minutes (!).

To get rid of this problem, the underlying object model has been modified. When an 
object is instantiated like above, then the whole ODB tree is fetched in an XML 
buffer in a single transfer, which even for large ODBs usually takes much less 
than a second. Then the XML buffer is decomposed on the client side and converted 
into the proper midas::odb objects. In one case this gave an improvement from 35 
seconds to 0.5 seconds which is significant. To enable the new method, the object 
can be created with a flag like

midas::odb o("/Equipment", true);

which then switches to the new method. One has to take care not to fool oneself 
(like I did) by printing the object like

midas::odb o("/Equipment", true);
std::cout << o << std::endl;

because each read access to any sub-object of o causes a separate read request to 
the server which again can take long. Therefore, one has to switch off the auto 
refresh via

midas::odb o("/Equipment", true);
o.set_auto_refresh_read(false);
std::cout << o << std::endl;

Accessing any sub-object of o then does not cause a client-server request, which 
is not necessary if all objects just have been pulled from the server before. If 
one keeps the object however for a long time in memory, one has to be aware that 
it only contains "old" values from the time if instantiation. If one needs more 
current ODB values, the auto read refresh has to be turned on again.

Stefan
  2417   05 Aug 2022 Stefan RittInfoInformation for midas updates though git
Several submodules of midas have been re-organized, so if you want to pull the 
newest version, you need a 

git pull --recurse-submodules
git submodule update --init --recursive

before you can build again. To do this automatically the next time, you can do

git config submodule.recurse true

which needs git 2.14 or later. I hope this works for everybody. If there is a 
better way to do that (I'm not a big expert on git) please reply here.

Stefan
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