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Message ID: 1286     Entry time: Mon Feb 9 17:09:51 2009
Author: Yoichi 
Type: Update 
Category: Computers 
Subject: A bunch of updates for the network GPIB stuff. 
During the work on ISS, we noticed that netgpibdata.py is very unreliable for SR785.
The problem was caused by flakiness of the "DUMP" command of SR785, which dumps the data from the analyzer to the client.
So I decided to use other GPIB commands to download data from SR785. The new method is a bit slower but much more reliable.

I also rewrote netgpibdata.py and related modules using a new class "netGPIB".
This class is provided by netgpib.py module in the netgpibdata directory. If you use this class for your python program, all technical details and dirty tricks are hidden in the class methods. So you can concentrate on your job.
Since python can also be used interactively, you can use this class for a quick communication with an GPIB instrument.

Here is an example.
>ipython #start interactive python
>>import netgpib #Import the module
>>g=netgpib.netGPIB('teofila',10) #Create a netGPIB object. 'teofila' is the hostname of
#the GPIB-Ethernet converter. 10 is the GPIB address.
>>g.command('ACTD0') #Send a GPIB command "ACTD0". This is an SR785 command meaning "Change active display to 0".
>>ans=g.query('DFMT?') #If you expect a response from the instrument, use query command.
#For SR785, "DFMT?" will return the current display format (0 for single, 1 for dual).
>>g.close() #Close the connection when you are done.

Sometimes, SR785 gets stuck to a weird state and netgpibdata.py may not work properly. I wrote resetSR785.py command to reset it remotely.
Wait for 30sec after you issue this command before doing anything.

I wrote two utility commands to perform measurements with SR785 automatically.
TFSR785.py commands SR785 to perform a transfer function measurement.
SPSR785.py will execute spectrum measurements.
You can control various parameters (bandwidth, resolution, window, etc) with command-line options.
Run those commands with '-h' for help.
It is recommended to use those commands even when you are in front of the analyzer, because they save various measurement parameters (input coupling, units, average number, etc) into a parameter file along with the measured data. Those parameters are useful but recording them for each measurement by hand is a pain.
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