This type of ProcessVariable is based on a calculation.


     CALC\name(argA, argB, argC, ...)


Whenever one of the argument PVs changes, the CALC PV is re-evaluated and the widget that uses the CALC PV will receive a value callback.
 CALC\sum(fred, jane)
will execute the definition of "sum" whenever "fred" or "jane" change. The values of "fred" and "jane" are passed as "A" and "B" into the formula for "sum". The time stamp of the result is the most recent of the PVs'. If no time stamp is available from any of the arguments, the current host time is used. Status/severity are maximized, i.e. if fred is in ??/MINOR and jane in READ/INVALID, the result will be READ/INVALID. The remaining PV properties (display limits, ...) are currently undefined for a CALC PV, the plan is to add configuration parameters that will become part of this file. Another Example:
 CALC\sum(fred, CALC\sum(jane,2))

Configuration File Location

On startup, EDM attemps to load configuration files in the following order:
  1. If $EDMCALC is defined as a ':'-separated list of files, those files are loaded. Example: export EDMCALC="$HOME/mycalc:/usr/share/common/calc.list"
  2. Otherwise, a file "calc.list" in the current directory is used. If it does not exist, $EDMFILES/calc.list is used.
  3. If all fails, you cannot use any CALC PV.

Configuration File Format

The first line has to be "CALC1".
The configuration file contains calculation names followed by a formula to implement the calculation. This is an example file:
CALC1 -*- shell-script -*-

# Example definition file for the CALC ProcessVariable
# First line "CALC1 ..." is magic and provides version number
# as well as EMACS mode with is not necessary
# but makes for - by definition - cool coloring
# when this file is edited in emacs.

# Empty lines and comments like these,
# beginning with '#', are ignored.
# Syntax for the rest of the file:
# <name>
# <implementation>
# The name is used to refer to a CALC PV aa "CALC\name"
# or "CALC\name(argA, argB, argC, ...).
# Implementation is in EPICS CALC record syntax,
# with A, B, C, ... being variable names for the arguments.
# Note: arguments are not checked!
# If e.g. CALC\sum(a,b) requires two arguments,
# nonone cares if you provide 0, 2 or 5 arguments instead of 2.
# See the random example below on why this is a feature.

# Example: CALC\sum(x, y) will summarize the arguments
# Implementation:

# Example: CALC\F2C(t)
# transforms given Fahrenheit-Temperature into much more
# meaningful Deg. C
# Implementation:

# Formula to create random number.
# This one does not need arguments.
# With no PV input, this one will never update!
# Possible circumvention: Provide a PV just to
# trigger recalculation, e.g. use
#    "CALC\random(some_1Hz_PV)"
# to see changes at ~1Hz.
# Implementation: