Quickstart Linux

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Introduction

This quickstart shows you how to install the MIDAS packages on a linux box and create a MIDAS experiment. The linux box will be called the MIDAS experiment host.

Installation

Log on to the Experiment Host and decide on a name for the MIDAS experiment (the experiment name). In these instructions, the MIDAS packages and experiment will be installed under the username "johnfoo". The ODB and other shared memory buffers for the MIDAS experiment will reside on the experiment host (localhost). MIDAS and the other required packages will be installed under directory $HOME/packages. The MIDAS experiment directory will be $HOME/online and the MIDAS experiment name will be "e777". The name of the experiment host will be "mhostpc".

NOTE
The user should substitute directory paths for the MIDAS packages and experiment directory as required, and names for experiment host, username, experiment name appropriate to his/her own setup.

Experimental setup

These instructions describe setting up an experiment that will run ONLY on the MIDAS experiment host computer (i.e. localhost only). In this case, the MIDAS experiment host has access to any hardware required, and all frontends, logger, analyzer etc. run on the one computer.

Modifications to run an experiment with additional frontend(s) running remotely (i.e. on remote cpu(s)) will also be described. Follow the instructions for setting up a localhost-only experiment until indicated.

In both cases, the main MIDAS applications (e.g. mlogger, mhttpd) run on the MIDAS experiment host.

Environment Variables

The following Environment variables should to be added to the .cshrc or .bashrc file (depending on your shell) in the $HOME directory on the experiment host, so that they will be defined at login. Substitute appropriate values for your own setup.

csh bash comment
setenv GIT_EDITOR "emacs -nw" export GIT_EDITOR="emacs -nw"
setenv MIDASSYS $HOME/packages/midas export MIDASSYS=$HOME/packages/midas Base directory of the MIDAS package
setenv MIDAS_EXPTAB $HOME/online/exptab export MIDAS_EXPTAB=$HOME/online/exptab MIDAS experiment table
setenv MIDAS_EXPT_NAME e777 export MIDAS_EXPT_NAME=e777 MIDAS experiment name
setenv PATH .:$MIDASSYS/linux/bin:$PATH export PATH=$PATH:$MIDASSYS/linux/bin path

Logout and login again, or source .cshrc (source .bashrc) for the changes to take effect.

NOTE
See MIDAS environment variables for a list of environment variables used by MIDAS.

ROOT Package Installation

For full MIDAS operation, ROOT is needed for the data logging and analysis packages. It needed to build the example analyzer in this Quickstart. However, ROOT is not essential to run MIDAS. If ROOT is NOT installed, the environment variable ROOTSYS should be undefined.

If ROOT is needed, please visit the ROOT pages at CERN.

MIDAS Package Installation

The MIDAS package will be installed on the experiment host in the directory given by MIDASSYS - see #Environment Variables.

Install the MIDAS and other package(s) from the MIDAS git repository in an xterm as follows:

  [mhostpc] mkdir $HOME/packages
  [mhostpc] cd $HOME/packages
  [mhostpc] git clone https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/midas
  [mhostpc] git clone https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/mxml

Install the MSCB package only if you will be using the MSCB system for slow-controls (see MSCB Page):

  [mhostpc] git clone https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/mscb    ## MSCB package
  [mhostpc] cd mscb
  [mhostpc] make        ## Build the MSCB package
  [mhostpc] cd ../

The MIDAS Makefile will auto-detect whether MSCB, ROOT, MYSQL, SQLITE, ODBC etc. are available (or have been installed). If you need these features, make sure they are available before building the MIDAS package.

  [mhostpc] cd midas
  [mhostpc] make          ## Build the MIDAS package
  [mhostpc] ls -l linux/bin/odbedit      ### check that odbedit has been created (do not run it yet)

In case of problems see

ROOTANA Package Installation

Install the ROOT analyzer package:

   [mhostpc] cd $HOME/packages
   [mhostpc] git clone https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/rootana
   [mhostpc] cd rootana
   [mhostpc] make

add ROOTANASYS=$HOME/packages/rootana to the login file.

Install the JSROOT package:

cd $HOME/packages
git clone https://github.com/linev/jsroot.git

add JSROOTSYS=$HOME/packages/jsroot to the login file.

ROODY Package Installation

If ROODY is needed,

   [mhostpc] cd $HOME/packages
   [mhostpc] git clone https://bitbucket.org/tmidas/roody
   [mhostpc] cd roody
   [mhostpc] make


Create the Experiment file exptab

In this example, the experimental directory is $HOME/online. Create this directory on the experiment host (localhost):

  [mhostpc] mkdir $HOME/online
  [mhostpc] cd $HOME/online

Then create the exptab file $HOME/online/exptab containing the three parameters:

  1. the experiment name
  2. location of MIDAS shared memory buffers
  3. username

as follows (using parameters for your own experiment):

  [mhostpc] cat > exptab
   e777 /home/johnfoo/online johnfoo

The path of the exptab file is given by MIDAS_EXPTAB - see #Environment Variables.

Create shared memory files

At this point you should be able to run odbedit on the experiment host (localhost). The first time odbedit is run, it will create the required .*.SHM files in the MIDAS experiment directory $HOME/online. These are the saved files for the MIDAS shared memory.

The default directory $HOME/online will contain the MIDAS messages file ( midas.log) and any data files you may create. If you want an alternative location for the data files see #Customizing your experiment.

Run odbedit, and type odbedit command ls to list the default directories.

[mhostpc] odbedit
[local:e777:S]/>ls
Experiment
System
Programs
Logger
Runinfo
Alarms 

Run the MIDAS Web Server

Recommended for production systems with maximum security is to run mhttpd behind an industry-standard SSL/https proxy with password protection.

To do this using apache httpd on CentOS-7, do this:

For simplified installation, one can use standalone mhttpd with built-in https and password protection. This configuration is only as secure as the underlying mongoose and OpenSSL web server and encryption packages.

Many current operating systems implement a built-in firewall which will block outside access to mhttpd.

On CentOS-7, so this: https://www.triumf.info/wiki/DAQwiki/index.php/SLinstall#Enable_firewall_for_MIDAS_.28CentOS7.29

Start mhttpd on the experiment host (localhost) like this:

[mhostpc] mhttpd

You will get the following messages:


Mongoose web server will listen on ports "8080r,8443s"

[mhttpd,ERROR] [mhttpd.cxx:17892:mongoose,ERROR] cannot find SSL certificate file "/home/agdaq/online/ssl_cert.pem"
[mhttpd,ERROR] [mhttpd.cxx:17893:mongoose,ERROR] please create SSL certificate file: openssl req -new -nodes -newkey rsa:2048 -sha256 -out ssl_cert.csr -keyout ssl_cert.key; openssl x509 -req -days 365 -sha256 -in ssl_cert.csr -signkey ssl_cert.key -out ssl_cert.pem; cat ssl_cert.key >> ssl_cert.pem
could not start the mongoose web server, see messages and midas.log, bye!

Create a self-signed certificate suitable for initial testing by executing the commands printed by mhttpd.

For production use, you should create a properly signed certificate, see create your own SSL certificate or you should run mhttpd behind an SSL/https proxy (apache httpd).

Run mhttpd again.

You will get the following messages:


Mongoose web server will listen on ports "8080r,8443s"
Mongoose web server will use SSL certificate file "/home/johnfoo/packages/midas/ssl_cert.pem"
[mhttpd,ERROR] [mhttpd.cxx:17633:mongoose,ERROR] mongoose web server cannot find password file "/home/johnfoo/online/htpasswd.txt"
[mhttpd,ERROR] [mhttpd.cxx:17634:mongoose,ERROR] please create password file: htdigest -c /home/johnfoo/online/htpasswd.txt Default midas
could not start the mongoose web server, see messages and midas.log, bye!

Create the password file by following the instructions printed by mhttpd. The http digest domain name is the experiment name, suggested default user name is "midas". You will be asked to type in a password. (htdigest is part of the httpd-tools package)

[mhostpc] htdigest -c /home/johnfoo/online/htpasswd.txt exptname midas
Adding password for midas in realm exptname.
New password:
Re-type new password:

It is a good idea to set the password file htpasswd.txt readable and writable by owner only.

Now restart mhttpd

[mhostpc] mhttpd
Mongoose web server will listen on ports "8080r,8443s" **see note
Mongoose web server will use SSL certificate file "/home/suz/packages/midas/ssl_cert.pem"
Mongoose web server will use authentication realm "Default", password file "./htpasswd.txt"

Now point a web browser running on the same host computer (localhost) to https://localhost:8443 If the web browser is running on a different computer, go to URL of the form

https://mhostpc.triumf.ca:8443  (substitute your host machine name and domain for "mhostpc.triumf.ca")

If you are using the default SSL certificate you will probably get a message: "This Connection is Untrusted". Click "I understand the risks" and add an exception. This is because the test certificate is self-signed. Then confirm an exception.

If instead you get a "connection refused" error, the midas host pc may have the firewall enabled. To make a firewall exception for MIDAS, follow instructions here http://www.triumf.info/wiki/DAQwiki/index.php/SLinstall#Enable_firewall_for_MIDAS_.28CentOS7.29

You should then see an authentication box asking you for the user name and password. The user name is "midas". Enter the password you just created. The Midas Status Page should appear with multiple buttons for run control as well as equipment listing (no equipments will be listed as yet) and application listings. Please refer to mhttpd (the MIDAS Web-based Run Control utility) for further information. You can start and stop runs from the main status page, and use the ODB Page to access the database (ODB).

Note
Default ports of 8080 and 8443 are used by mhttpd. To use some other ports, change the values of ODB "/experiment/midas http port" and "midas https port".

Run the MIDAS logger

Start the MIDAS logger mlogger on the experiment host (localhost) :

[mhostpc] mlogger 

This should start without error. It is usually run as a daemon, however in this case it is run in a terminal to check for errors. Starting the midas logger mlogger will automatically create more keys in the /Logger ODB tree.

From the MIDAS status page, go to the "Programs" page, then the "Logger" page and set ODB variables:

  • Required -> set to "y"
  • Start command -> set to "mlogger -D"
  • Alarm Class -> set to "Alarm"

To test this, go to the "Programs" page, press "stop logger", then "start logger".

Start a run, wait 10 seconds, stop the run.

From the MIDAS "Status" page, go to the "logging channels -> channel #0" and set ODB variables:

  • Output -> "FILE"

Start a run, go to the "Status" page, observe that the output file is written with gzip compression and has the "mid.gz" extension.

Stop the run.

Run test frontend

Run fetest

On the MIDAS "Status" page there will be 3 new equipment entries:

  • test -> empty data bank for daq speed benchmarking
  • slow -> example slow controls data for testing the midas history plots
  • random -> example collection of data banks for testing the analyzer

Start a run.

Observe event counters are incrementing, output data file size is growing.

Stop the run.

Create a history plot

Go to the MIDAS "History" page.

Say "new", panel name "test". In the history editor select event "slow", say "save".

History plot "test" should open with a sine-wave plot. Data on the plot should update as long as "fetest" is running. (there is no need to start a run).

Press web browser "reload" to update the plot.

Clients run on Localhost only

NOTE
  • If creating a MIDAS experiment with a REMOTE frontend, continue by following the instructions #Running with one or more REMOTE frontends.
  • If all clients are running on the Experiment Host (i.e. localhost), continue with the following instructions:

Frontend and Analyzer (localhost)

THIS SECTION IS VERY OBSOLETE

There are several examples of Frontend user code ( frontend.c) in the MIDAS package available under $MIDASSYS/examples/. Choose a suitable example from this directory that you can later modify for your own particular setup (e.g. for a slow control, choose the ../slowcont/ example).

A frontend is a program that usually reads data from the hardware and sends it to a buffer to be logged and analyzed. You can find documentation about the frontend structure under Frontend Application, Frontend Operation and Frontend user code.

The example chosen here is from $MIDASSYS/examples/experiment/. It does not need any hardware and produces simulated events.

On the MIDAS experiment host (localhost), copy the example to the experiment directory and build it.

     [mhostpc] cd $HOME/online
     [mhostpc] cp $MIDASSYS/examples/experiment/* .
     [mhostpc] make

The analyzer will only build if ROOT has previously been installed. At this point the frontend and the analyzer should be ready if no errors were generated during the build. Try the frontend and analyzer by starting them in xterms.

     [mhostpc] frontend
     [mhostpc] analyzer

Equipment ODB tree

Starting the frontend will automatically create the /Equipment ODB tree and one or more equipments. In this case, the equipments "trigger" and "scaler" have been defined by code in frontend.c and created the first time frontend runs.

    [mhostpc] odbedit
    [local:e777:S]/>ls /equipment
    Trigger                         
    Scaler  

View the MIDAS main status web page (by pointing your browser to https://localhost:8443/ or appropriate port if not using the default). Observe on the Status Page that the two Equipments (Trigger, Scaler) have appeared in the Equipment section (Figure 1) and are coloured green.
Click thumbnail to enlarge

Figure 1: web server status page showing example frontend equipments

Rather than using odbedit, you can view the contents of these equipments by clicking on the ODB button, then on /Equipment, then Trigger or Scaler. See ODB Page for more information.

Start a run

Start a run by pressing the Start button on the Status Page. The Equipment display on the Status Page will now show some event statistics (Figure 2) Click thumbnail to enlarge

Figure 2: Equipments shown on Status Page showing event statistics


The frontend will show an event display that will update when a run is started, e.g.

Sample Frontend connected to <local>. Press "!" to exit      18:48:2546:08
==========================================================================
Run status:   Running    Run number 2                                   |/   /
===========================================================================
Equipment     Status     Events     Events/sec Rate[B/s]  ODB->FE FE->OD
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Trigger       OK         13948      99.0       5413.0     0          140         
Scaler        OK         15         0.3         15.4      0          15    

The Status Page will also show events being generated (click the refresh button if necessary).

Event Dump

While a run is in progress, the midas application mdump will provide you an event dump of the collected data from the running frontend, e.g.

 mhostpc> mdump -l 50
blank
- MIDAS revision: Mon Nov 2 11:50:51 2015 -0800 - 3b66779 -- Enter <!> to Exit ------- Midas Dump ---
------------------------ Event# 1 ------------------------
Evid:0001- Mask:0000- Serial:0- Time:0x567a0c5d- Dsize:40/0x28
#banks:2 - Bank list:-ADC0TDC0-
blank
Bank:ADC0 Length: 8(I*1)/2(I*4)/4(Type) Type:Unsigned Integer*2
  1-> 0x0167 0x03c6 0x0069 0x0073 
 blank
Bank:TDC0 Length: 8(I*1)/2(I*4)/4(Type) Type:Unsigned Integer*2
  1-> 0x0051 0x00ff 0x004a 0x00ec 

For further data processing/analysis, either the midas analyzer or the rootana can used for data display as well.

Create a startup script (localhost)

It is useful to create a script that will automatically start all the required clients for the experiment. This is called a startup script. Here, the startup script will be start_daq.sh (any name can be used). Create $HOME/online/bin/start_daq.sh on the experiment host as follows (supply the mhttpd ports if default is not used):

#!/bin/sh
# start_daq.sh
cd $HOME/online
odbedit -c clean
#   start mhttpd on default port. (Mongoose https version)
mhttpd  -D  # you can optionally restrict access to localhost and other specified hosts - see mhttpd
xterm -e ./frontend &
xterm -e ./analyzer &
mlogger -D
#end file

Before running this script, you will need to shutdown any running clients:

mhostpc> odbedit -c "sh all"

or you can use the mhttpd Programs Page to shut them down.

The script will start them as daemons. By running the startup script start_daq.sh, several MIDAS applications will be started in sequence:

  1. Cleanup previous MIDAS application (if any).
  2. Start the MIDAS web server [mhttpd]
  3. Start the frontend application in its own xterm (for debugging purpose).
  4. Start the analyzer application in its own xterm (for debugging purpose).
  5. Start the MIDAS Data logger [mlogger]
 [mhostpc] sh ./start_daq

You may wish to modify the script to restart missing clients only.

Next customize your experiment.

Running with one or more REMOTE frontends

These instructions assume you have already followed the instructions to setup an experiment running on the MIDAS experiment host (localhost), i.e. you have setup the MIDAS Environment variables, downloaded MIDAS packages, setup the mhttpd password and have mhttpd running successfully.

In the case of remote frontend(s), the remote cpu(s) typically have access to some or all of the hardware. They might be VMIC cpus running in VME crates for example, connected to the MIDAS Host via Ethernet. They read data from the hardware and send it back to the MIDAS experiment host to be logged and analyzed.

Experimental setup (Remote)

These instructions assume that the MIDAS experiment host computer is 64-bit (if not see note below), and there is one remote host, a 32-bit machine named "rlxhost".

The remote host mounts the /home disk of the experiment host, so that it has access to the MIDAS packages, the $HOME/online directory and shares the .cshrc (or .bashrc) script. It is convenient to set up ssh keys (use ssh-keygen) so that the remote host can be accessed without supplying the password from the experiment host.

If your setup is different, you will have to make changes as appropriate.

Build 32-bit MIDAS libraries

NOTE

If the MIDAS experiment host computer is 32-bit (i.e. the same as the remote host), which is a simpler setup, you will have built the 32-bit MIDAS libraries already, and can skip the rest of this section. Note however, that in the .cshrc file in the following section you will not need the lines starting "# select 64-bit or 32-bit MIDAS and ROOT". The PATH should contain $MIDASSYS/linux/bin on both experiment host and remote host. This will point to the 32-bit MIDAS libraries.



Assuming the MIDAS host computer is 64-bit, you will have already built the 64-bit MIDAS libraries. In this case, if the remote frontend is 32-bit, you will need to build the 32-bit MIDAS libraries on the 64-bit machine, i.e.

   [mhostpc] cd /home/packages/midas
   [mhostpc] make linux32                ### build the 32-bit MIDAS libraries on 64-bit machine
   [mhostpc] ls -l linux-m32/bin/odbedit ### check that the 32-bit odbedit has been created 

Do not run odbedit yet on the remote host!

Modify .cshrc (.bashrc) for Remote host

Add the following to the .cshrc (modified appropriately if using .bashrc). When running with a REMOTE Host, the application mserver will be started (using a particular port) on the MIDAS experiment host machine only. Note that the environment variable MIDAS_SERVER_HOST is defined on the remote machine(s) but NOT on the experiment host.

If ROOT has been installed properly and the script <ROOT installation directory>/bin/thisroot.sh is called from .cshrc or .bashrc, the ROOTSYS environment variable should be defined and the ROOT bin directory should be in the PATH environment variable. Make sure that this is the case.

# setenv MIDAS_HOST mhostpc   # substitute your experiment host name
# setenv REMOTE_HOST rlxhost  # substitute your remote host name
# setup the MIDAS mserver host
#
switch (`hostname`)
case $MIDAS_HOST*:                
  unsetenv MIDAS_SERVER_HOST     ## MIDAS_SERVER_HOST not defined
  breaksw
default:
setenv MIDAS_SERVER_HOST $MIDAS_HOST.triumf.ca:1175  ## for remote host, define MIDAS_SERVER_HOST, use your domain here
                                                     ## as hostname + domain name + default mserver port
                                                     ## port must match that of mserver used in start_daq.sh 
endsw
#
# select 64-bit or 32-bit MIDAS
#
switch (`uname -i`)
case i386:
  setenv PATH .:$MIDASSYS/linux-m32/bin:$PATH
  breaksw
default:
  setenv PATH .:$MIDASSYS/linux/bin:$PATH
endsw
#
setenv PATH .:$HOME/online/bin:$HOME/packages/roody/bin:$PATH
#

After executing .cshrc (or .bashrc) or logging out, on the MIDAS host (mhostpc) make sure environment variable MIDAS_SERVER_HOST is NOT defined

[mhostpc] echo $MIDAS_SERVER_HOST
[mhostpc] MIDAS_SERVER_HOST: Undefined variable.

and on the remote host, make sure MIDAS_SERVER_HOST IS defined:

 [rlxhost] echo $MIDAS_SERVER_HOST
 [rlxhost] MIDAS_SERVER_HOST

Also on the remote host, make sure that the correct (32-bit) odbedit will be used (do not run it yet!)

[rlxhost] which odbedit
/home/johnfoo/packages/midas/linux-m32/bin/odbedit

Grant Remote host access permission

Give permission for the remote host(s) to access the experiment by following the instructions to allow MIDAS programs on remote machines. If the MIDAS web server mhttpd is running, use ODB Page to edit the ODB keys listed, otherwise use odbedit on the experiment host machine.

Start mserver on Experiment Host

The application mserver is not required when running an experiment on the experiment host (localhost) only, but it IS required for access from a REMOTE frontend. Start mserver on MIDAS host (default port 1175) or use the "-p" option for a different port. The port must match the port defined for environment variable MIDAS_SERVER_HOST in .cshrc (or .bashrc) above.

 [mhostpc] mserver -D

The environment variables on the REMOTE host should be:


   [rlxhost] printenv | grep MIDAS
   MIDASSYS=/home/e777/packages/midas
   MIDAS_EXPT_NAME=e777
   MIDAS_SERVER_HOST=mhostpc.triumf.ca:1175

(a different port may be used - see above)

Check access to ODB from Remote host

Run odbedit on the remote host to check access to ODB.

[rlxhost] odbedit
[mhostpc.triumf.ca:1175:e777:Stopped]/>ls 

If it does not work correctly, check that

  • MIDAS_SERVER_HOST is defined on REMOTE host with same port as mserver
  • mserver is running on MIDAS host with the correct port
  • MIDAS_SERVER_HOST is NOT defined on MIDAS host
  • remote access permission to REMOTE host has been granted as described above.

Build the analyzer on Experiment Host

The analyzer will be built and run on the MIDAS experiment host machine. Select an example from $MIDASSYS/examples/ (see #Frontend and Analyzer (localhost)) and copy it to $HOME/online on the MIDAS host machine. Since we are assuming a 64-bit MIDAS host and a 32-bit remote host, edit the example Makefile so only the analyzer will be built.

Build the frontend (32bit) for Remote host

The frontend runs on a 32-bit remote host in this example. It therefore must either

  • be built 32-bit on the 64-bit MIDAS host with the "-m32" flag
  • or built on the REMOTE host

and in either case the 32-bit MIDAS libraries used for linking.

To avoid confusion, create a different subdirectory for the frontend, e.g.

 [rlxhost] mkdir $HOME/online/fe_32

Copy the Makefile and frontend code from the same example to this directory. Modify the Makefile as needed, and only build the frontend.

Once built, start the frontend in an xterm on the REMOTE host.

[rlxhost] $HOME/online/fe_32/frontend

Check that it connects successfully to the experiment and the Equipments appear on the Status Page as described under #Frontend and Analyzer (localhost). The Equipment Status (Figure 2) should show that the Equipments are now running on the remote cpu, i.e. "SampleFrontend@rlxhost.triumf.ca" rather than "Sample Frontend@localhost".

Run the Analyzer on Experiment host

Start the analyzer in an xterm on the MIDAS experiment host

[johnfoo@mhostpc e777] $HOME/online/analyzer

Continue by starting a run and dumping the data as described under #Frontend and Analyzer (localhost).

Create experiment startup script

It is useful to create a script that will automatically start all the required clients for the experiment. This is called a startup script (any name can be used). Create $HOME/online/bin/start_daq.sh on the experiment host as follows, (supply the mhttpd ports if default is not used) :

#!/bin/sh
# start_daq.sh
cd $HOME/online
#
switch (`hostname`)
  case $MIDAS_HOST*:    ## MIDAS_HOST is assigned in .cshrc (.bashrc)
     echo "Good, we are on $MIDAS_HOST"
     breaksw
  case $REMOTE_HOST*:   ## REMOTE_HOST is assigned in .cshrc (.bashrc)
     echo "startup script should be executed on $MIDAS_HOST"
endsw
#
odbedit -c clean
#   start mhttpd on default port (Mongoose https version)
mhttpd  -D   # you can optionally restrict access to localhost and/or other specified hosts - see mhttpd
#   start mserver on default port (use argument -p to use a different port) 
mserver -D  # start mserver on default port (1175) or a different port using -p option - see mserver
            # the port must match that of MIDAS_SERVER_HOST in .cshrc (.bashrc) - see above
            # access must be specifically allowed - see |above
xterm -e ./analyzer &
## start frontend on remote host
#ssh $REMOTE_HOST $HOME/online/bin/start_frontend -O >& $HOME/online/bin/start_frontend.log  &
mlogger -D
#end file

Note that command to start the frontend on the remote host is commented out. It can be uncommented once the start_frontend script is written and tested.

Shut down any clients that are running already by running odbedit on the MIDAS experiment host and execute the new startup script start_daq.sh (make it executable if desired)


  [mhostpc] odbedit
  [local:e777:S]/>sh all
  [mhostpc] ./start_daq.sh 

and check that odbedit still works on the REMOTE host


   [rlxhost] odbedit 
   [mhostpc.triumf.ca:1175:e777:Stopped]/>ls 

You may wish to modify the script to restart missing clients only.


Create script to start frontend

The startup file start_daq.sh invoked a script start_frontend to start the remote frontend. This line was commented out (see above). Once the frontend is working, create a script to start the frontend (e.g. file $HOME/online/bin/start_frontend).

#!/bin/tcsh
# Script to start frontend running on $REMOTE_HOST
#
# This script runs on the REMOTE HOST
#
echo "starting frontend for experiment $MIDAS_EXPT_NAME "
xterm -geometry 150x50+800+0 -fg white -bg blue -title "Frontend" -e  "$HOME/online/fe_32/frontend" &
echo "Frontend task has been started"
exit

Check that this script works by running it on the REMOTE host. If successful, run the commented command in an xterm on the experiment host

   [mhostpc] ssh $REMOTE_HOST $HOME/online/bin/start_frontend -O >& $HOME/online/bin/start_frontend.log  & 

This command relies on password-less access set up with SSH keys (see #Experimental setup (Remote)). If successful, uncomment line in start_daq.sh, and run the script to check that it can start the remote client(s) from the MIDAS experiment host (first shutting down all running clients) :

   [mhostpc] odbedit -c "sh all"
   [mhostpc] ./start_daq.sh 

Next customize your experiment.


Customizing your experiment

Here are some of the more common options provided for users to customize their experiments according to their own preferences:

Write frontend(s) to read out and control your hardware
Modify the example frontend and Makefile (from $MIDASSYS/examples/) you have already copied and built so it accesses your hardware.
The example Frontend.c is an example of Frontend user code. You can find documentation about the frontend structure under Frontend Application, Frontend Operation and Frontend user code. You may need to set up some Hot-Links in the frontend. The MIDAS package includes device drivers for some of the more common hardware. See MIDAS Driver Library for more information.
Modify analyzer(s) for your data
Modify the example analyzer code as necessary to analyze the data from your frontends.
Slow Controls
Control your slow-controls equipment with slow-control frontend(s) optionally using the MSCB system.
Data logger
Set up the data logger mlogger to log data to a storage device. Many options are available - see Data Logger, mlogger and /Logger ODB tree for instructions.
Allow programs to be restarted from the Programs Page
See mhttpd Programs Page and /Programs ODB tree
Write scripts which run at start and end of run
See /Programs ODB tree#Execute on start run and /Programs ODB tree#Execute on stop run
Create a shutdown script
Create a script similar to the startup script to shutdown the experiment
Lazy logger
Set up the lazylogger for archiving data files for storage.
Create edit-on-start parameters
See Edit-on-start Parameters
Set up the alarm system
See Alarm System and Alarms Page
Set up history system
See History System and History Page
Set up the Electronic logbook (Elog)
See Elog for details
Set up the Sequencer
The Sequencer Page#Sequencer can be used to run a sequence of runs, changing parameters as needed.
Write a webserver Custom page
To better control and monitor your experiment, you may want to write a Custom Page.

Start MIDAS on boot

To start MIDAS mhttpd, mlogger and elogd at boot time, add following cron entries:

[iris@iris00 ~]$ crontab -l
@reboot /home/iris/packages/midas/linux/bin/mhttpd -D
@reboot /home/iris/packages/midas/linux/bin/mlogger -D
@reboot /home/iris/packages/elog/elogd -c /home/iris/packages/elog/elogd.cfgiris -D
[iris@iris00 ~]$