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Entry  Fri Oct 28 12:47:38 2011, jamie, Update, CDS, CSS/BOY installed on pianosa 
    Reply  Fri Oct 28 14:56:02 2011, Jenne, Update, CDS, CSS/BOY installed on pianosa 
       Reply  Thu Nov 3 15:14:22 2011, Koji, Update, CDS, CSS/BOY installed on pianosa CSS_snapshot1.pngOPI_EDITOR.pngADL2OPI1.pngADL2OPI2.png
Message ID: 5756     Entry time: Fri Oct 28 14:56:02 2011     In reply to: 5755     Reply to this: 5795
Author: Jenne 
Type: Update 
Category: CDS 
Subject: CSS/BOY installed on pianosa 


I've installed Control System Studio (CSS) on pianosa, from the version 3.0.2 Red Hat binary zip.  It should be available as "css" from the command line.

CSS is a new MEDM replacement. It's output is .opi files, instead of .adl files.  It's supposed to include some sort of converter, but I didn't play with it enough to figure it out.

Please play around with it and let me know if there are any issues.


 So far I've only given it about half an hour of my time, but it is *really* frustrating so far.  There don't seem to be any instructions on how to tell it what our channels are / how to link CSS to our EPICS databases.  Or, the instructions that are there say "do it!", but they neglect to mention how...  Also, there exists (maybe?) an ADL->BOY converter, but I can't find any buttons to click, or how to import an .adl, or what I'm supposed to do.  Also, it's not clear how to get to the editor to start making screens from scratch. 

It looks like it has lots of nifty indicators and buttons, but I would have felt better if I had been able to do anything.

Another thing that is going to be a problem:  the Shell Command button that we use all over the place in our MEDM screens is not supported by this program.  It's listed in the "limitations" of the ADL2BOY converter.  This may kill the CSS program immediately.  Jamie: did Rolf/anyone mention a game plan for this?  It's super nice to be able to run scripts from the screens.

Moral of the story:  I'm annoyed, and going to continue making my OAF screens in MEDM for now.

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