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  41   15 Sep 2004 Konstantin Olchanski midas odb locking
After some discussion with Stefan-

> 1) ODB locking appears to be sound...
> 2) ODB locking is "unfair"

Stefan reminded me that "priority boosting" is the standard solution for this
problem. Since Linux does not appear to implement this, we may try doing it inside
midas, time permitting. "Fairness" behaviour of Win32, BSD and MacOSX may be worth
investigating.

> 3) presently, we use an infinite timeout waiting for the ODB lock.

I will add a timeout of 10 minutes, then shutdown the ODB client with an error message.

> 4) in db_{lock,unlock}_database(), [there is no] race condition against the
"lock_cnt" variable [because it is local].

I will document this.

> 5) I found a failure mode where db_close_database() erroneously deletes the
> lock semaphore. Once the semaphore is deleted, ODB locking silently fails
> (in db_lock_database() we do not check for success status of
> mutex_wait_for()) and remaining ODB clients operate without locking protection.

I will add a check and shutdown the ODB client with an error message if the lock
cannot be obtained (the mutex was deleted, the "lock" system call returns an error,
etc).

> [how to decide when the last ODB client disconnected from the shared memory and
when to delete the lock semaphore?]

We considered using a counting semaphore to count active ODB clients, if counting
semaphores do the right things on all supported systems (Linux, Win32, MacOSX).

K.O.
  42   16 Sep 2004 Stefan Ritt midas odb locking
> I will add a timeout of 10 minutes, then shutdown the ODB client with an error message.

I added a timeout handling to db_lock_database. It was already present in
ss_mutex_wait_for, so it was just a matter of passing the status up the calling stack.
ODBEdit stops if it cannot obtain a lock after 5 minutes.
  43   31 Aug 2004 Konstantin Olchanski mlogger crash if using mserver.
Our users keep making a simple mistake- they set MIDAS_SERVER_HOST in their
environement. Most midas programs do not mind this- they go through the
mserver, inefficient but benign- except for the mlogger, which dumps core
about 10 seconds after starting. This mightily confuses the users-
everything works perfectly, except for the mlogger, (for most users) the
most obscure and magical part of midas. Obviously they can't take data
without the mlogger and they fail to correlate this crash with editing their
.cshrc file, so we get panic calls at midnight or whenever. And every time,
while debugging midas malfunctions, changes to .cshrc is absolutely the last
place we look for. Ouch!

As it turns out, mlogger does crash if it uses the mserver-
log_system_history() calls db_lock_database(), with a prompt crash because
the mlogger is not directly connected to any ODB (it's mserver is).

Obviously, running the mlogger via the mserver makes no sense, but we should
warn about this rather than dump core.

I propose this patch to src/mlogger.c::log_system_history():

-   db_lock_database(hDB);
-   db_notify_clients(hDB, hist_log[index].hKeyVar, FALSE);
-   db_unlock_database(hDB);
-
+   if (!rpc_is_remote())
+     {
+       db_lock_database(hDB);
+       db_notify_clients(hDB, hist_log[index].hKeyVar, FALSE);
+       db_unlock_database(hDB);
+     }
+   else
+     {
+       cm_msg(MERROR, "log_system_history", "Warning: mlogger is running
remotely via the mserver. This is an unsupported configuration. Please unset
MIDAS_SERVER_HOST and restart the mlogger");
+     }

K.O.
  44   07 Sep 2004 Stefan Ritt mlogger crash if using mserver.
I trapped myself into that problem recently so it's the right time to fix it (;-).

We have two options: 

a) Make the logger work remotely, even if it's suboptimal and 
b) Make the logger refuse to run remotely. 

I have no case where I need to run the logger remotely, so I would opt for b).
This would mean removing the "-h" command line switch and the evaluation of
MIDAS_SERVER_HOST, or just supplying an empty host string to
cm_connect_experiment().

Let me know if you agree, I can then remove the "-h" option. The patch you
suggested I would apply in addition.

- Stefan
  45   15 Sep 2004 Konstantin Olchanski mlogger crash if using mserver.
> I trapped myself into that problem recently so it's the right time to fix it (;-).
> We have two options: 
> a) Make the logger work remotely, even if it's suboptimal and 
> b) Make the logger refuse to run remotely.

After some discussion between Stefan, Pierre and myself, it was decided to disallow
running mlogger remotely via the mserver.

K.O.
  46   14 Jul 2004 Exaos Lee install problem of Makefile on MacOS X (Darwin 7.4.0, gcc 3.3)
I have compiled the sources on Darwin 7.4.0 with gcc 3.3. After the compilation of source codes, I 
try to execute "gmake install". I got the following message:
-------
Nothing to be done for "install".
-------

The install target could not be executed. Then I add the following line to the Makefile:
------
.PHONY: install
------

The install target can be executed. But when it is tring to copy "dio" to the proper directory, it 
cannot find the file. Then I found that the "utils" target isn't built. 
I try to build the target: darwin/bin/dio, I got the following error:
-------
cc -g -O2 -Wall -Iinclude -Idrivers -Ldarwin/lib -DINCLUDE_FTPLIB   -DOS_LINUX -DOS_DARWIN 
-DHAVE_STRLCPY -fPIC -Wno-unused-function -o darwin/bin/dio utils/dio.c
utils/dio.c:39:20: sys/io.h: No such file or directory
utils/dio.c: In function `main':
utils/dio.c:46: warning: implicit declaration of function `iopl'
gmake: *** [darwin/bin/dio] Error 1
--------
So, the include file "sys/io.h" may be changed under Darwin. I don't know how. I will try later. I 
hope somebody can notice this. 
Best regards.
  47   14 Jul 2004 Exaos Lee install problem of Makefile on MacOS X (Darwin 7.4.0, gcc 3.3)
There are not such a file "io.h" inside my MacOS X. In fact, I didn't find any file containing function iopl().
So what is the equivalent function of iopl() under MacOS X? The utility dio should be modified in order to be compiled under Darwin-
gcc platform. 
  48   14 Jul 2004 Konstantin Olchanski install problem of Makefile on MacOS X (Darwin 7.4.0, gcc 3.3)
> There are not such a file "io.h" inside my MacOS X. In fact, I didn't find any file containing function iopl().
> So what is the equivalent function of iopl() under MacOS X? The utility dio should be modified in order to be compiled under Darwin-
> gcc platform. 

"dio" is not supported under MacOSX. It is used to grant user programs access to PCI and ISA cards (usually CAMAC interfaces). We have
no MacOSX hardware with PCI or ISA slots so we cannot test and support this functionality.

The MacOSX Makefile should not try to build "dio". I will accept a patch to fix this Makefile bug.

K.O.
  49   30 Jun 2004 Piotr Zolnierczuk mvme167 problems
Hi,
 I am really puzzled: I am running the very same as far as sources
are concerned (Dec 12, 2003 snapsot) midas frontend (miniexp + camacnul)
on two different machines (and the same trusted private network):

1) one is an ancient Pentium/100 MHz laptop with RedHat Linux 7.3 and 
2) another one is event more ancient MVME167 25MHz running VxWorks 5.4.2

The front end on my Linux PC works just fine, whereas on the MVME167
I get intermittent crashes (most often at the end of the run).
[Correction: the crashes happen, I think, when the frontend wants 
to update the ODB]

The crashes happen in db_set_record routines

Any ideas what might be wrong? 
Except that MVME167 is a piece of ...#@!% 

Piotr
  50   30 Jun 2004 Piotr Zolnierczuk mvme167 problems
A followup: I traced back the problem to version 1.9.2.

Version 1.9.1 does not have this problem but 1.9.2 does. 
For now I stick with 1.9.1

Piotr
 
  51   22 Jun 2004 Exaos Lee How to compile under Darwin-gcc? (MacOS X)
I add the following to makefile and try to treat Darwin as FreeBSD/Linux.
But I failed.
============ 
#-----------------------
# This is for MacOS X
#
ifeq ($(OSTYPE), Darwin)
CC = gcc
OS_DIR = Darwin
OSFLAGS = -DOS_DARWIN -DOS_LINUX
LIBS = -lbsd -lcompat
SPECIFIC_OS_PRG =
endif
============

I got the following errors:
=============
gcc -c -g -O2 -Wall -Iinclude -Idrivers -LDarwin/lib -DINCLUDE_FTPLIB  
-DOS_DARWIN -DOS_FREEBSD -o Darwin/lib/midas.o src/midas.c
In file included from include/midasinc.h:45,
                 from include/msystem.h:114,
                 from src/midas.c:623:
/usr/include/string.h:112: error: conflicting types for `strlcat'
include/midas.h:1701: error: previous declaration of `strlcat'
/usr/include/string.h:113: error: conflicting types for `strlcpy'
include/midas.h:1700: error: previous declaration of `strlcpy'
In file included from include/msystem.h:114,
                 from src/midas.c:623:
include/midasinc.h:161:21: sys/vfs.h: No such file or directory
include/midasinc.h:164:17: pty.h: No such file or directory
src/midas.c:780: error: conflicting types for `dbg_malloc'
include/midas.h:1478: error: previous declaration of `dbg_malloc'
src/midas.c:817: error: conflicting types for `dbg_calloc'
include/midas.h:1479: error: previous declaration of `dbg_calloc'
src/midas.c:858: error: conflicting types for `strlcpy'
/usr/include/string.h:113: error: previous declaration of `strlcpy'
src/midas.c:892: error: conflicting types for `strlcat'
/usr/include/string.h:112: error: previous declaration of `strlcat'
gmake: *** [Darwin/lib/midas.o] Error 1
==========

Could anyone give me some hints. Thanks!
  52   22 Jun 2004 Konstantin Olchanski How to compile under Darwin-gcc? (MacOS X)
The current (cvs) version of MIDAS should build on Mac OS X right out of the
box- I fixed all the problems you report back in February(?)- see the macosx
thread in this forum. A few weeks ago I verified that it still compiles on Mac
OS 10.3.4. The Mac OS port received minimal testing- I checked that "odbedit"
and "mhttpd" run, that's about it. K.O.

> I add the following to makefile and try to treat Darwin as FreeBSD/Linux.
> But I failed.
> ============ 
> #-----------------------
> # This is for MacOS X
> #
> ifeq ($(OSTYPE), Darwin)
> CC = gcc
> OS_DIR = Darwin
> OSFLAGS = -DOS_DARWIN -DOS_LINUX
> LIBS = -lbsd -lcompat
> SPECIFIC_OS_PRG =
> endif
> ============
> 
> I got the following errors:
> =============
> gcc -c -g -O2 -Wall -Iinclude -Idrivers -LDarwin/lib -DINCLUDE_FTPLIB  
> -DOS_DARWIN -DOS_FREEBSD -o Darwin/lib/midas.o src/midas.c
> In file included from include/midasinc.h:45,
>                  from include/msystem.h:114,
>                  from src/midas.c:623:
> /usr/include/string.h:112: error: conflicting types for `strlcat'
> include/midas.h:1701: error: previous declaration of `strlcat'
> /usr/include/string.h:113: error: conflicting types for `strlcpy'
> include/midas.h:1700: error: previous declaration of `strlcpy'
> In file included from include/msystem.h:114,
>                  from src/midas.c:623:
> include/midasinc.h:161:21: sys/vfs.h: No such file or directory
> include/midasinc.h:164:17: pty.h: No such file or directory
> src/midas.c:780: error: conflicting types for `dbg_malloc'
> include/midas.h:1478: error: previous declaration of `dbg_malloc'
> src/midas.c:817: error: conflicting types for `dbg_calloc'
> include/midas.h:1479: error: previous declaration of `dbg_calloc'
> src/midas.c:858: error: conflicting types for `strlcpy'
> /usr/include/string.h:113: error: previous declaration of `strlcpy'
> src/midas.c:892: error: conflicting types for `strlcat'
> /usr/include/string.h:112: error: previous declaration of `strlcat'
> gmake: *** [Darwin/lib/midas.o] Error 1
> ==========
> 
> Could anyone give me some hints. Thanks!
  53   23 Jun 2004 Exaos Lee How to compile under Darwin-gcc? (MacOS X)
> The current (cvs) version of MIDAS should build on Mac OS X right out of the
> box- I fixed all the problems you report back in February(?)- see the macosx
> thread in this forum. A few weeks ago I verified that it still compiles on Mac
> OS 10.3.4. The Mac OS port received minimal testing- I checked that "odbedit"
> and "mhttpd" run, that's about it. K.O.
> 

Thanks a lot. But I cannot checkout module:
------------
01:52:16: pc2075.psi.ch: Operation timed out
01:52:16: cvs [checkout aborted]: end of file from server (consult above
messages if any)
------------

Could anybody add download tar package in the WWW interface of CVS repository.
I know the original CGI script has such a feature. Thanks.

P.S.
I use these commands to checkout:
   cvs -e ssh -d :ext:cvs@midas.psi.ch:/usr/local/cvsroot checkout midas
   cvs -e ssh -d :ext:cvs@midas.psi.ch:/usr/local/cvsroot update
  54   23 Jun 2004 Stefan Ritt How to compile under Darwin-gcc? (MacOS X)
> Thanks a lot. But I cannot checkout module:
> ------------
> 01:52:16: pc2075.psi.ch: Operation timed out
> 01:52:16: cvs [checkout aborted]: end of file from server (consult above
> messages if any)
> ------------

Should work fine, just tried from outside PSI. Please check again.

> Could anybody add download tar package in the WWW interface of CVS repository.
> I know the original CGI script has such a feature. Thanks.

The tar package is only done for a new release (which will happen in the next days
BTW), so http://midas.psi.ch/download/tar/ contains the most recent packages. Upon
request I make a midas-snapshot.tar.gz, but since there will be a 1.9.4 soon, it's
maybe not necessary right now.
  55   23 Jun 2004 Exaos Lee How to compile under Darwin-gcc? (MacOS X)
> 
> Should work fine, just tried from outside PSI. Please check again.

Unfortunately, I still encounter the same problem. 
---
pc2075.psi.ch: Operation timed out
cvs [checkout aborted]: end of file from server (consult above messages if any)
---

I am in LNS-INFN (Italy), i.e., I am outside PSI. So ... what's the problem? I try to
ping the host, and it is reachable:
--------
[exaos@exaos cvsnew]$ ping midas.psi.ch
PING pc2075.psi.ch (129.129.228.23): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 129.129.228.23: icmp_seq=0 ttl=50 time=67.237 ms
64 bytes from 129.129.228.23: icmp_seq=1 ttl=50 time=64.202 ms
64 bytes from 129.129.228.23: icmp_seq=2 ttl=50 time=56.278 ms
...
--------
Is it the problem of firewall? I am not sure. So strange.

> 
> The tar package is only done for a new release (which will happen in the next days
> BTW), so http://midas.psi.ch/download/tar/ contains the most recent packages. Upon
> request I make a midas-snapshot.tar.gz, but since there will be a 1.9.4 soon, it's
> maybe not necessary right now.

Waiting for the new release ...
  56   28 Jun 2004 Exaos Lee Linking Error: g++ -rpath?
I cannot checkout from the cvs server. So I download each latest file from the WWW
interface of CVS. While compiling these files, I encountered the following problems:
-------------
...
g++ -DHAVE_ROOT -c -g -O2 -Wall -Iinclude -Idrivers -Ldarwin/lib -DINCLUDE_FTPLIB  
-DOS_LINUX -DOS_DARWIN -DHAVE_STRLCPY -fPIC -Wno-unused-function -D_REENTRANT
-I/sw/include -I/opt/root/current/include -Wl,-rpath,/opt/root/current/lib -o
darwin/lib/rmana.o src/mana.c
g++: -rpath: linker input file unused because linking not done
g++: /opt/root/current/lib: linker input file unused because linking not done
...
g++ -g -O2 -Wall -Iinclude -Idrivers -Ldarwin/lib -DINCLUDE_FTPLIB   -DOS_LINUX
-DOS_DARWIN -DHAVE_STRLCPY -fPIC -Wno-unused-function -DHAVE_ROOT -D_REENTRANT
-I/sw/include -I/opt/root/current/include -Wl,-rpath,/opt/root/current/lib -o
darwin/bin/mlogger src/mlogger.c darwin/lib/libmidas.a -L/opt/root/current/lib -u
_G__cpp_setupG__Hist -u _G__cpp_setupG__Graf1 -u _G__cpp_setupG__G3D -u
_G__cpp_setupG__GPad -u _G__cpp_setupG__Tree -u _G__cpp_setupG__Rint -u
_G__cpp_setupG__PostScript -u _G__cpp_setupG__Matrix -u _G__cpp_setupG__Quadp -u
_G__cpp_setupG__Physics -lCore -lCint -lHist -lGraf -lGraf3d -lGpad -lTree -lRint
-lPostscript -lMatrix -lQuadp -lPhysics -lpthread -lm -L/sw/lib -ldl -lpthread
ld: unknown flag: -rpath
gmake: *** [darwin/bin/mlogger] Error 1
---------------
What does '-rpath' mean? It is just a linking error. Thanks.
  57   28 Jun 2004 Konstantin Olchanski Linking Error: g++ -rpath?
> ld: unknown flag: -rpath
> gmake: *** [darwin/bin/mlogger] Error 1

Fixed. Good catch.

> What does '-rpath' mean?

You will have to read the "ld" manual. In the nutshell, it tells the executable where to look for shared libraries. 
Aparently it is not supported by Mac OS X.

K.O.
  58   07 May 2004 Konstantin Olchanski min(a,b) in mana.c and mlogger.c
When I compile current cvs-head midas, I get errors about undefined function
min(). I do not think min() is in the list of standard C functions, so
something else should be used instead, like a MIN(a,b) macro. To make life
more interesting, in a few places, there is also a variable called "min".
Here is the error:

src/mana.c: In function `INT write_event_ascii(FILE*, EVENT_HEADER*, 
   ANALYZE_REQUEST*)':
src/mana.c:2571: `min' undeclared (first use this function)
src/mana.c:2571: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once for each 
   function it appears in.)
make: *** [linux/lib/rmana.o] Error 1

K.O.
  59   07 May 2004 Stefan Ritt min(a,b) in mana.c and mlogger.c
> When I compile current cvs-head midas, I get errors about undefined function
> min(). I do not think min() is in the list of standard C functions, so
> something else should be used instead, like a MIN(a,b) macro. To make life
> more interesting, in a few places, there is also a variable called "min".
> Here is the error:
> 
> src/mana.c: In function `INT write_event_ascii(FILE*, EVENT_HEADER*, 
>    ANALYZE_REQUEST*)':
> src/mana.c:2571: `min' undeclared (first use this function)
> src/mana.c:2571: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once for each 
>    function it appears in.)
> make: *** [linux/lib/rmana.o] Error 1

This is really a miracle to me. The min/max macros are defined both in midas.h
and msystem.h and worked the last ten years or so. However, I agree that macros
should follow the standard and use capital letters, so I changed that.
  60   21 Jun 2004 Piotr Zolnierczuk min(a,b) in mana.c and mlogger.c
> > When I compile current cvs-head midas, I get errors about undefined function
> > min(). I do not think min() is in the list of standard C functions, so
> > something else should be used instead, like a MIN(a,b) macro. To make life
> > more interesting, in a few places, there is also a variable called "min".
> > Here is the error:
> > 
> > src/mana.c: In function `INT write_event_ascii(FILE*, EVENT_HEADER*, 
> >    ANALYZE_REQUEST*)':
> > src/mana.c:2571: `min' undeclared (first use this function)
> > src/mana.c:2571: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once for each 
> >    function it appears in.)
> > make: *** [linux/lib/rmana.o] Error 1
> 
> This is really a miracle to me. The min/max macros are defined both in midas.h
> and msystem.h and worked the last ten years or so. However, I agree that macros
> should follow the standard and use capital letters, so I changed that.

The problem is that /usr/include/c++/3.*/bits/stl_algobase.h contains 
#undef min
#undef max

and in C++ with STL one should really use something like this
    std::min<INT>(a,b)


Cheers
  Piotr
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