Sardana custom settings

Sardana provides a module located at its root directory called sardanacustomsettings which exposes global configuration options.

It can be accessed programmatically at run time for setting options for the current execution.

System and user settings files

If one wants to permanently modify options for all applications, the recommended way is to do it by declaring them in the system-wide or user-specific configuration files (which are loaded automatically when importing sardanacustomsettings).

The default location of the system-wide and user-specific configuration files is set in SYSTEM_CFG_FILE and USER_CFG_FILE, respectively. The values are platform-dependent:

  • on posix systems we use: /etc/sardana/sardana.ini for system and ini for user.

  • on windows machines we use %PROGRAMDATA%\sardana\sardana.ini for system and %APPDATA%\sardana\sardana.ini for user

In case of conflict, the user settings take precedence over the system settings.

Custom setting file locations

One can also programmatically call the load_configs() function at any point to load other configuration files.

In both cases, the values of existing variables in sardanacustomsettings are overwritten in case of conflict).

Format of the settings files

The settings files are plain-text .ini files of the form:

[sardana]
FOO = "bar"
BAR = [1, 2, 3]
baz = False

The keys, which are key-sensitive, are exposed as sardanacustomsettings variables and their values are parsed as python literals (e.g., in the above example, sardanacustomsettings.FOO would be the bar string, sardanacustomsettings.BAR would be a list and sardanacustomsettings.baz would be a boolean).

Note that all key-values must be declared within a [sardana] section.

This module contains some Sardana-wide default configurations. It declares the default values of some of these options, but they may be modified when loading custom settings configuration files (e.g., at import time).

SYSTEM_CFG_FILE = '/etc/sardana/sardana.ini'

Path to the system-wide config file

USER_CFG_FILE = '/root/.sardana/sardana.ini'

Path to the user-specific config file

load_configs(filenames=None, section='sardana')[source]

Read configuration key, values from given ini files and expose them as members of the current module.

The keys must appear in the given section (“sardana” by default) and are case-sensitive. The values are interpreted as python literals.

In case of conflicting keys, the filenames determine the precedence (increasing order). If a given file cannot be read, it is skipped. The list of names of successfully read files is returned.

Parameters
  • filenames (sequence of str) – sequence of ini file names in increasing precedence order. If None passed (default), it uses (SYSTEM_CFG_FILE, USER_CFG_FILE)

  • section (str) – section of the ini files to be read (default:sardana)

Returns

list of names of successfully read configuration files

Return type

list<str>

UNITTEST_DOOR_NAME = 'door/demo1/1'

the door to be used by unit tests. UNITTEST_DOOR_NAME must be defined for running sardana unittests.

Type

UnitTest door name

UNITTEST_POOL_DS_NAME = 'unittest1'

Pool DS to use in unit tests.

Type

UnitTests Pool DS name

UNITTEST_POOL_NAME = 'pool/demo1/1'

Pool Device to use in unit tests.

Type

UnitTests Pool Device name

POOL_LOG_FILES_SIZE = 10000000.0

Size of rotating backups of the log files. The Pool device server will use these values for its logs.

MS_LOG_FILES_SIZE = 10000000.0

Size of rotating backups of the log files. The MacroServer device server will use these values for its logs.

SARDANA_LOG_FILES_SIZE = 10000000.0

Size of rotating backups of the log files. The Sardana device server will use these values for its logs.

POOL_LOG_BCK_COUNT = 5

Number of rotating backups of the log files. The Pool device server will use these values for its logs.

MS_LOG_BCK_COUNT = 5

Number of rotating backups of the log files. The MacroServer device server will use these values for its logs.

SARDANA_LOG_BCK_COUNT = 5

Number of rotating backups of the log files. The Sardana device server will use these values for its logs.

SPOCK_INPUT_HANDLER = 'CLI'

Input handler for spock interactive macros. Accepted values are:

  • “CLI”: Input via spock command line. This is the default.

  • “Qt”: Input via Qt dialogs

SCAN_RECORDER_MAP = None

Use this map in order to avoid ambiguity with scan recorders (file) if extension is intended to be the recorder selector. Set it to a dict<str, str> where:

  • key - scan file extension e.g. “.h5”

  • value - recorder name

The SCAN_RECORDER_MAP will make an union with the dynamically (created map at the MacroServer startup) taking precedence in case the extensions repeats in both of them.

LOG_MACRO_FILTER = 'sardana.macroserver.msmacromanager.LogMacroFilter'

name of the class to be used as filter for the macro logging

  • if LOG_MACRO_FILTER is not defined no filter will be used

  • if LOG_MACRO_FILTER is wrongly defined a user warning will be issued and no filter will be used

  • if LOG_MACRO_FILTER is correctly defined but macro filter can not be initialized a user warning will be issued and no filter will be used

Type

Filter for macro logging

VALUE_BUFFER_CODEC = 'pickle'

Type of encoding for ValueBuffer Tango attribute of experimental channels

VALUE_REF_BUFFER_CODEC = 'pickle'

Type of encoding for ValueRefBuffer Tango attribute of experimental channels

MS_ENV_SHELVE_BACKEND = None

Database backend for MacroServer environment implemented using shelve. Available options:

  • None (default) - first try “gnu” and if not available fallback to “dumb”

  • “gnu” - better performance than dumb, but requires installation of additional package e.g. python3-gdbm on Debian. At the time of writing of this documentation it is not available for conda.

  • “dumb” - worst performance but directly available with Python 3.

MACROEXECUTOR_MAX_HISTORY = 100

macroexecutor maximum number of macros stored in the history. Available options:

  • None (or no setting) - unlimited history (may slow down the GUI operation if grows too big)

  • 0 - history will not be filled

  • <int> - max number of macros stored in the history

PRE_POST_MOVE_HOOK_IN_MV = True

pre-move and post-move hooks applied in simple mv-based macros Available options:

  • True (or no setting) - macros which are hooked to the pre-move and post-move hook places are called before and/or after any move of a motor

  • False - macros which are hooked to the pre-move and post-move hook places are not called in simple mv-based macros but only in scan-based macros

SPEC_CUSTOM_DATA_FORMAT = '#UVAR {name} {value}\n'

Default SPEC recorder custom data format. Custom data can be added using DataHandler.addCustomData() and this default format can be changed with the spec_custom_fmt kwarg of this method.

For backward compatibility change to: #C {name} : {value}\n.

Duplicate the pre_scan_snapshot fields into the measurement collection via SoftLinks for the NXscanH5_recorder#: Available options:

  • False (or no setting) - pre_scan_snapshot fields are not duplicated

  • True - pre_scan_snapshot fields are duplicated into the measurement collection via SoftLinks