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Subject: Re: querying for sets of pvs in archived data
From: Robert Soliday <soliday@aps.anl.gov>
To: tech-talk@aps.anl.gov
Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:58:44 -0500
There is no online documentation for the PV History Tool. The script is contained in:
http://www.aps.anl.gov/asd/oag/downloads/oag.1.20.tar.gz
at oag/apps/src/tcltkapp/oagapp/PVHistoryTool
If you install the OAGTclTk program first:
http://www.aps.anl.gov/asd/oag/software.shtml#TclTk
you should be able to run the PVHistoryTool script. You will probably also need the SDDSToolKit which is available on the same web page.

You will need to set the OAGGlobal(LogOnChangeDirectory) variable to point to the directory containing the attached PVHistoryTool.config.1.sdds file that I am attaching. To do this you should edit the APSSetOAGGlobal.tcl file that comes with the OAGTclTk installation. Or you can set it directly inside the PVHistoryTool script.

After starting the PVHistoryTool script you will select a beamline that has been predefined in the PVHistoryTool.config.1.sdds file. For example we have an LPL beamline. By selecting this it attempts to load $OAGGlobal(LogOnChangeDirectory)/LPL/LPL.loc which is the input file for our LPL sddslogonchange logger. I am attaching our file as an example.

Our sddslogonchange is launched with the command:

sddslogonchange LPL.loc LPL -dailyFiles  -loginitial  -connectTimeout=120

I will be attaching the PVHistoryTool.config.1.sdds and LPL.loc files in a separate email.

On 07/01/13 13:54, pthomas@caltech.edu wrote:
Hi Bob,

Thank you. I found the page for sddslogonchange. Is there a page for the
PV History Tool as well?

-Patrick

On 06/28/13 12:25, pthomas@caltech.edu wrote:
Hi Emmanuel,

Thank you for your reply. I think there may be a difference though. I
believe that the SCR applications use snapshots taken at periodic
intervals in time? What I had in mind was something that places monitors
on the process variables and archives the values only when they change.
The queries I described would then be done on that recorded data.

MASAR does look like a nice program though.

Thank you,
Patrick

store and query data as I have described, but I am wondering if I am
reinventing the wheel. Does a tool such as this already exist?
Yes.
You are describing a feature of Save/Compare/Restore applications.
SCR are also know as epics-backup application (i.e take a snapshot of a
running machine, compare 2 snapshots, compare a snapshot with the
running
machine)

You next question is where to get such a piece of software. Well...
I am using SDDS save/compare/restore (very old)
SCORE may have the described feature as well (used at SNS and SLAC)

<Shameless plug for MASAR>
I am currently looking at MASAR part of epics-4, which is straight
forward
to install, but still in development.
For example, comparisons of 2 snapshots using the pyQt GUI is missing.
A CSS GUI is also a work-in-progress.
At this time, most of the development is at the GUI level
So if you don't mind a text output (i.e. in a terminal), you can use
MASAR
with its python API and have something working by tonight.
</Shameless plug for MASAR>




That sounds a lot like our sddslogonchange logger paired with our PV
History Tool GUI. We have the logger running all the time and recording
any changes to individual PVs with an optional tolerance level. We can
then use our PV History Tool to plot the changes and to restore the PVs
to any given time.

--Bob Soliday





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Re: querying for sets of pvs in archived data pthomas
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RE: querying for sets of pvs in archived data Emmanuel Mayssat
RE: querying for sets of pvs in archived data pthomas
Re: querying for sets of pvs in archived data Robert Soliday
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