ecalrec_APP_ICON_h1 eCAL Rec CLI

Note

eCAL Rec CLI is available since eCAL 5.9

eCAL Rec CLI is the Command Line eCAL Rec Host Application (i.e. a replacement for eCAl Rec GUI). The binary is ecal_rec /.exe. eCAL Rec CLI can be used both with single-shot parameters, as well as from an interactive console. When using an interactive console, the application will not exit automatically, but accept commands from STDIN.

Important

Don’t confuse the two command line eCAL Rec Applications:

  • ecal_rec /.exe: The recorder client that is used for distributed recordings. This is the application this topic is about

  • ecal_rec_client /.exe: The recorder host application in command-line flavour.

Just like eCAL rec GUI, the CLI application can:

  • Load, create and save .ecalrec configuration files

  • Create local and distributed recordings

Additional to those features, eCAL Rec CLI has three modes:

  • Direct mode (default): By default, eCAL Rec CLI will load a config and execute commands by itself. It will just act as a normal eCAL Rec Host application.

  • Remote-control mode: The remote control mode can by activated by passing the --remote-control parameter. When starting eCAL Rec CLI in remote-control mode, it will not execute commands by itself, but relay them to another eCAL Rec Host applicaiton (i.e. an eCAL Rec GUI or an eCAL Rec CLI running in direct + interactive mode). This mode is usefull, if you e.g. want to use the GUI, but still want to automatically trigger a recording in certain events.

    Both eCAL Rec GUI and eCAL Rec CLI (in non-remote-control mode) can be remote-controlled.

  • Interactive mode: The interactive mode can be activated by passing the --interactive parameter. When in interactive mode, eCAL Rec CLI will keep running and start an interactive console, where you can type additional commands.

    The interactive mode and remote-control mode can be used simultaneously.

eCAL Rec CLI

Usage

USAGE: 

   ecal_rec  [-c <Path>] [--no-default] [--remote-control] [--remote-host
             <Hostname>] [-r <Seconds>] [--savebuffer] [-x] [--activate]
             [--deactivate] [--comment [MeasID] <Comment>] [--delete
             <MeasID>] [--upload [MeasID]] [-s] [--meas-status <MeasID>]
             [--client-status <Hostname>] [--get-config] [--set-client
             <Hostname:Hosts,To,Record>] ...  [--set-addons <Hostname:List
             ,Of,Addon,IDs>] ...  [--remove-client <Hostname>] ...  [-b
             <Seconds>] [--blacklist <List>] [--whitelist <List>] [-d
             <Path>] [-n <Directory>] [--max-file-size <megabytes>]
             [--description <String>] [--ftp-server <FTP_Server>]
             [--delete-after-upload <yes/no>] [-i]
             [--interactive-dont-exit] [--] [--version] [-h]


Where: 

   -c <Path>,  --config <Path>
     The configuration file to load.

   --no-default
     Prevent creating a default config, when no config file is loaded. This
     prevents having a default root-dir, meas-name and localhost recorder.
     Not applicable in remote-control mode.

   --remote-control
     Remote control another eCAL Rec host application.

   --remote-host <Hostname>
     Set the hostname for remote-controlling.

   -r <Seconds>,  --record <Seconds>
     Start a new recording. If a duration in seconds is provided, the
     recording will be stopped after that time. Otherwise, it will keep
     running until stopped by the user or a succeeding stop-recording
     call.

   --savebuffer
     Save the content of the pre-buffer as its own recording. Only
     available in remote-control mode.

   -x,  --stop
     Stop the currently running recording. Only available in remote-control
     mode.

   --activate
     Activate the recorder and all clients.

   --deactivate
     Deactivates the recorder and all clients.

   --comment [MeasID] <Comment>
     Adds a comment to a measurement. If no ID is given, the comment is
     added to the last measurement. When your intention is to comment a
     measurement started with -r (--record), you should leave out the
     MeasID or set it to 0.

   --delete <MeasID>
     Delete a measurement from the host and all clients.

   --upload
     Upload the given measurement. If no measurement ID is provided, all
     measurements will be uploaded. When -r (--record) is provided with a
     duration, the mesasurement will be uploaded after the recorder has
     finished the measurement. As a recorder may still be flushing, a small
     delay (1s) is introduced before uploading in this case. Use
     interactive mode, if this is not sufficient.

   -s,  --status
     Print the status of a remote-controlled recorder.

   --meas-status <MeasID>
     Print the status of the given measurement. Only available in
     remote-control mode.

   --client-status <Hostname>
     Print the status of the given recorder client. Only available in
     remote-control mode.

   --get-config
     Print the configuration of the recorder to the console.

   --set-client <Hostname:Hosts,To,Record>  (accepted multiple times)
     Sets which hosts shall be recorded by the given client. Use the syntax
     "Hostname:Host,To,Record". For instance, to let PC1 record itself and
     PC2, use "PC1:PC1,PC2". If no tailing list is provided, the client
     will record topcis from all hosts by default. If a configuration file
     is being loaded, this will override the setting from the config. Not
     available in remote-control mode.

   --set-addons <Hostname:List,Of,Addon,IDs>  (accepted multiple times)
     Sets the addons that the given client shall enable. Use the syntax
     "Hostname:List,Of,Addon,IDs". You can only set enabled addons for
     clients that have already been added; i.e. the client will not be
     added automatically. If no tailing list of addon IDs is provided, all
     addons will be disabled. If a configuration file is being loaded, this
     will override the setting from the config. Not available in
     remote-control mode.

   --remove-client <Hostname>  (accepted multiple times)
     Removes the given client. If the client had any addons enabled, those
     are removed as well. Not available in remote-control mode.

   -b <Seconds>,  --pre-buffer <Seconds>
     Pre-buffer data for some seconds. To turn off pre-buffering, provide a
     value <= 0.0. If a configuration file is being loaded, this will
     override the setting from the config. Not available in remote-control
     mode.

   --blacklist <List>
     Record all topics except the listed ones (Comma separated list, e.g.:
     "Topic1,Topic2"). If a configuration file is being loaded, this will
     override the setting from the config. Not available in remote-control
     mode.

   --whitelist <List>
     Only record these topics (Comma separated list, e.g.: "Topic1
     ,Topic2"). If a configuration file is being loaded, this will override
     the setting from the config. Not available in remote-control mode.

   -d <Path>,  --meas-root-dir <Path>
     Root dir used for recording when -r (--record) is set. If a
     configuration file is being loaded, this will override the setting
     from the config. Not available in remote-control mode.

   -n <Directory>,  --meas-name <Directory>
     Name of the measurement, when -r (--record) is set. This will create a
     folder in the directory provided by -d (--meas-root-dir). If a
     configuration file is being loaded, this will override the setting
     from the config.  Not available in remote-control mode.

   --max-file-size <megabytes>
     Maximum file size of the recording files, when -r (--record) is set.
     If a configuration file is being loaded, this will override the
     setting from the config. Not available in remote-control mode.

   --description <String>
     Description stored in the measurement folder, when -r (--record) is
     set. If a configuration file is being loaded, this will override the
     setting from the config. Not available in remote-control mode.

   --ftp-server <FTP_Server>
     The server where to upload to when uploading a measurement. Use
     "internal" for the integrated FTP Server. When using an external FTP
     Server, provide it in the following form:
     ftp://USERNAME:PASSWORD@HOSTNAME:PORT/path/to/root_dir. If a
     configuration file is being loaded, this will override the setting
     from the config. Not available in remote-control mode.

   --delete-after-upload <yes/no>
     Whether to delete the local measurement files after they have been
     uploaded to an FTP server. If a configuration file is being loaded,
     this will override the setting from the config. Not available in
     remote-control mode.

   -i,  --interactive
     Start eCAL Rec and listen for commands on stdin. When not in
     remote-control mode itself, eCAL Rec will offer the eCAL Rec Service
     for being remote-controlled. Note that eCAL Rec will exit, when stdin
     is closed. To prevent that, combine this option with
     (--interactive-dont-exit).

   --interactive-dont-exit
     When in interactive mode, this option prevents eCAL Rec from exiting,
     when stdin is closed.

   --,  --ignore_rest
     Ignores the rest of the labeled arguments following this flag.

   --version
     Displays version information and exits.

   -h,  --help
     Displays usage information and exits.

Interactive mode

You can activate the interactivate mode by passing the --interactive parameter on command line. Instead of exiting eCAL rec will then go to an interactive console that lets you control it interactively by typing in commands.

If you want to remote-control eCAL Rec CLI with another eCAL Rec CLI instance, you also have to set it to interactive mode, just to prevent it from shutting down prematurely.

load <Path>
  Loads an eCAL Rec configuration file.


save <Path>
  Saves the current configuration to a file. Not available in remote-control
  mode.


getconfig 
  Prints the configuration of the recorder.


setconfig [--set-client <Hostname:Hosts,To,Record>] ...
  | [--set-addons <Hostname:List,Of,Addon,IDs>] ... 
  | [--remove-client <Hostname>] ... 
  | [--pre-buffer <Seconds>]
  | [--blacklist <list>]
  | [--whitelist <List>]
  | [--meas-root-dir <Path>]
  | [--meas-name <String>] 
  | [--max-file-size <Megabytes>]
  | [--description <String>]
  | [--ftp-server <FTP_Server>]
  | [--delete-after-upload <yes/no>]
  | [--enable-built-in-client <yes/no>]
  | [--help]
  | <> ...
  Sets a config parameter. Not available in remote-control mode. Multiple
  configuration settings can be changed with a single command. Tip: A more
  extensive help is available by --help.


activate 
  Activates the recorder and all clients. If Pre-buffering is enabled, all
  recorders will start to buffer data.


deactivate 
  Deactivates all clients. They keep running but will not subscribe to any
  channels and buffer data until activated again.


rec [Seconds]
  Starts a recording. If SECS_TO_RECORD is given, the recording will be stopped
  afterwards.


savebuffer 
  Saves the content of the current pre-buffer to its own measurement.


stop 
  Stops the current recording.


status [--meas <MeasID>] | [--host <Hostname>]
  Prints the recorder status. If no argument is provided, the recorder status,
  job history and client list ist printed. To get more detailed information,
  provide the measurement ID or hostname. The --meas and --host specifiers can
  be omitted, if the given measurement id / hostname is unique.


comment [MeasID] <Comment>
  Adds a comment to a measurement. If no ID is given, the comment will be added
  to the last measurement.


upload [MeasID]
  Uploads a measurement. If no ID is given, all measurements that can be
  uploaded will be uploaded.


delete <MeasID>
  Deletes the given measurement from all machines.


sleep <Seconds>
  Sleeps for the given amount of time. Usefull when automatically piping input
  to eCAL Rec via stdin.


exit 
  Quit eCAL Rec

Automatize eCAL Rec CLI

You can use the ecal_rec interactive mode to automatize it via STDIN. Commands are read line-by-line, i.e. they have to be divided by \n. Semicolons do not work. The most concise would probably be to write all your commands in a text file and pipe the content of that to ecal_rec.

Important

Unlike typing commands by hand, piping them into ecal_rec causes them to be executed as fast as possible. However, e.g. when using the upload command, ecal_rec will not check, if it would have to wait for other things to finish (like flushing a recording for example!).

So make sure you always add at least a sleep 1 before performing operations on measurements!

Let’s look at some examples. The examples will load a config, create a 5 seconds measurement, upload it, print the current status and exit.

  • Ubuntu:

    # Commands from command line:
    printf "rec 5 \n sleep 1 \n upload \n sleep 1 \n status" | ecal_rec -c ~/tutorial.ecalrec --interactive
    
    # Commands from a file:
    cat commands.txt | ecal_rec -c ~/tutorial.ecalrec --interactive
    
  • Windows CMD.exe:

    rem Commands from command line:
    (echo rec 5 & echo sleep 1 & echo upload & echo sleep 1 & echo status) | ecal_rec -c tutorial.ecalrec --interactive
    
    rem Commands from a file:
    more commands.txt | ecal_rec -c tutorial.ecalrec --interactive
    
  • Windows PowerShell:

    # Commands from command line:
    echo "rec 5 `n sleep 1 `n upload `n sleep 1 `n status" | ecal_rec -c tutorial.ecalrec --interactive
    
    # Commands from a file:
    cat commands.txt | ecal_rec -c tutorial.ecalrec --interactive