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Subject: Re: caget() from C++
From: Mark Rivers <>
To: "Church, Eric D" <>, Andrew Johnson <>, "" <>
Cc: "Mendez, Jennifer M" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2017 14:06:54 +0000
Do I understand that you have the following configuration:

- 2 IOCs running on the same host

- No PV Gateway running

- You want to access the PVs on the 2 IOCS from IOC computer itself or from other computers on the same subnet

If so, that is a very common configuration.  It should work fine with no special setting of EPICS_CA_ADDR_LIST or EPICS_CA_AUTO_ADDR_LIST.  Unset both of those environment variables, both for client processes and for the IOC server processes.

If you suspect the problem is due to iptables then have you tried temporarily disabling iptables and seeing if that fixes it?


From: <> on behalf of Church, Eric D <>
Sent: Friday, December 1, 2017 7:51 PM
To: Andrew Johnson;
Cc: Mendez, Jennifer M
Subject: Re: caget() from C++

Hi, Andrew:

Eric here again. We (my colleague Jen, actually) indeed solved our last problem with ca_put and ca_get in threaded C++. We’re happily connecting and reading/writing from/to our IOC now. Many thanks for the help.

Our next problem is that we now have two identical power supplies on same localhost we need to do this with. We see we’re not the only ones to have come across this issue where starting up the second IOC makes cainfo calls to the first one not work. The channels are uniquely named and the IOCs successfully connect to the HVCAEN and appear to be running. However, cainfo to PVs on the second IOC work and report a 5-digit port number that it’s using, while the first IOC, which had been working fine on 5064 is suddenly disconnected. We tried following the instructions from your link below to change the iptables routing. /var/log/messages doesn’t complain, but nothing from subsequent iptables commands confirms to us that the instruction actually took hold. And the cainfo behavior does not change after IOC restarts. We also tried, per Kay’s instructions somewhere, changing EPICS_CA_ADDR_LIST=” 5064, 5064” from it’s former value of NO, which didn’t help

Do you have a nudge that can get us past this problem?

Thx -- Eric

From: "Mendez, Jennifer M" <>
Date: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:25 PM
To: "Church, Eric D" <>
Subject: iptables line

arxe:/etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d$ sudo  /sbin/iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -d $addr -p udp --dport 5064 -j DNAT --to-destination $bcast
arxe:/etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d$ echo $addr
arxe:/etc/NetworkManager/dispatcher.d$ echo $bcast

On 11/9/17, 11:59 AM, "Andrew Johnson" <> wrote:

    Hi Eric,

    On 11/08/2017 10:05 AM, Church, Eric D wrote:
    > We are trying to use caput() and caget() from a C++ program. The IOC is
    > up and I can issue caputs and cagets from the command line and put and
    > retrieve reasonable values into our EPICS records. We’re having some
    > difficulty in compiled C++, however.
    > I include below the apparently necessary gymnastics to successfully
    > ca_get() anything in C++. We want to do this with a total of about 48
    > PVs once every 15 seconds. The first thing we note is we need to do a
    > context_create and create_channel each of those 48 times each 15
    > seconds. Which necessitates the channel clear and context destroy at the
    > end. We can not use our class member chid over and over with each run
    > through this function, it seems.

    I want to make sure I understand your requirements first: Is the problem
    you describe (that you continually have to create and destroy channels)
    because your application is structured such that you don't have a single
    long-running process, or because you're having problems coding it to
    keep all those channels connected?

    For efficiency reasons it is much better to connect everything once and
    keep the connection to the IOC(s) open all the time, re-useing the same
    chids every time you want to do some more I/O. You do have to make sure
    that your client code can cope with the IOC shutting down, rebooting or
    not being turned on until some time after the client has been started,
    but that is generally just a matter of getting the code right.

    Unfortunately our standard CA client code examples only really show the
    quick-and-dirty approach of connecting channels, doing some I/O and then
    shutting down again almost immediately. When you're writing a long-lived
    client though you should generally only use the CA APIs that use
    callbacks to notify you when the client library gets messages from the
    IOC servers it's connected to. The ca_pend_io() routine is not suitable
    for this style of programming, where your code generally consists of
    routines that react to events from outside and work out what to do next.
    It is legal to call most CA routines from within a callback (the CA
    reference manual describes the 2 or 3 routines where that is not
    allowed, ca_pend_io() being one of them).

    I think I'm going to stop here and wait for your reply to the above
    question before I write any more or review the code you posted.

    - Andrew

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