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Installation, deployement and usage

In the following page we resume the usage of procedures to install FLAO software, deploy on the AdOpt servers and start stop the software subsystem.

The management of FLAO software is performed by three procedures (which can be found at the root of the source code directory tree as checked out from the SVN repository.

  • Environment setup for creating an installation to be used for software development and tests. The environment is suitable to run a single subsystem (adsec / wfs, right / left).

  • To deploy a runtime build of FLAO software onto the four subsystem servers. The deployed build is named TEST and is suitable for running the AO system at the telescope. The same procedure will be used at the end of tests to release (freeze) the build after testing.

  • Procedure to be used by the TO to manage the FLAO software, i.e.: select an available build, start/stop processes and the like. This procedure is intended to be usable as a standalone tool, i.e.: it does not need any other FLAO software component and can be run on any computer with an SSH access to the FLAO servers.

Here follows a detailed description of the procedures and their use.

The purpose of the procedure is to setup a proper environment for FLAO software development (and/or maintenance) and is usually run once after cyhecking out a fresh version of the FLAO source code. Here follows the help page which comes out with python
 FLAO Supervisor environment setup procedure.  Version 2.4
 L.Fini, April 2015.


   python check                       Check environment
   python make                        Create environment
   python set adsec|wfs left|right    Set installation target

This procedure operated on the local environment to be used for build
and tests.

The actual installation of "science ready" FLAO system must be done with:

The procedure provides three subcommands:

  • make. The make subcommand creates (or checks) the environment for development, more in details:
    • Creates local runtime directories: ~/aoroot, ~/aolog, ~/aomeasures.
    • Creates a private/public key file pair to be used by ssh and stores them into ~/.ssh directory of the current user.
    • Creates an identity code for the specific build.
    • Creates a bash compatible file for setting up environment variables:

          The environment definition file must be explicitly executed to take effect. If desired it can be executed from the bash startup procedure (usually =~/.bashrc=
      ). This is enough to be able to make and install the FLAO code, configuration and calibration files.

      Note 1: when installing and running the development build, executable, configuration and runtime files are all stored in users' specific directories.

      Note 2: In order to be able to execute the FLAO software, the specific server identity (i.e.: adsec / wfs and left / right) must be established with the set subcommand.

  • check. The check subcommand verifies the environment to check that it is properly set for compilation and installation of the FLAO software.

  • set. The set subcommand defines the specific identity of the current build so that it can operate as one of the AdOpt servers (i.e.: either as adsec or as wfs and with the required side (right or left).

    The effect of the procedure is to create the required symbolik link in the ADOPT_ROOT runtime directory tree and to generate a new version fo the environment setup file suitable for running the code with the proper identity.

    Note: the environment setup procedure must be explicitly executed in order to have effect.

The deploy procedure has the purpose to deploy all required runtime files onto the four AdOpt servers. The procedure assumes that the servers have been already configured for the purpose. Each server must have an account flao which will be used for software deployment and to run the FLAO software.

The procedeure is intended to be launched from the root of the FLAO software source tree after properly setting the environment as defined in the file generated by Moreover the full software generation sequence: make, make install, make install_conf and make_install_calib must have been completed.

Here follows the relevant items from the help page as displayed by python

 FLAO Supervisor deployement procedure. Version 1.6
 L.Fini, May 15, 2015


   python [-v] command [args]

   -v: Verbose command mode (for debug)

   key:   Send SSH public key to targets (to be done once)
   rel:   Release the TEST installation
   test:  Deploy a test installation (possibly overwriting a previous one)

The procedure provides four subcommands:

  • key. Transmits the ssh public key specific for FLAO management to the four AdOpt servers. Usually this will require to specify the password defined for the flao user on the four servers. This operation must be done once, before a build is deployed for the first time.

  • test. Deploy current build as TEST build. All the required files will be copied onto proper directories on the four targets and required links will be created. The deployment can be repeated, in which case the new build is written over the previous one.

    Note: After the deployment the current setup of server is not modified, i.e.: the previously active build (if any) is still active. The selection of active build can be done with the procedure.

  • rel. Releases the TEST build as an science ready build. The name is generated automatically and is of the form: 2105X (current year plus a single letter).

  • lnk. Redoes the links in the specified build (for test purposes)

The also provides a copy of commands provided by the description can be found in the procedure.

The purpose of the procedure is to provide the Telescope Operator with the required commands to manage the FLAO supervisor software. Because it is not intended to be used exclusively by software developer/maintainers, it is described in a dedicated document.

Implementation Notes

AdOpt servers

The procedures described above have the specification of AdOpt servers and their roles built in. If server names will change in the future, the related tables into the file must be changed accordingly. The relevant table name is: MTGRAHAM_HOSTS.

Runtime accounts on AdOpt servers

The procedures rely on proper configuration of a user account on the four Adopt servers. The userid must be: flao, with any suitable password. A specific public key will be stored in the .ssh directory of the account when using the key subcommand of procedure. After that all remote operations will be done using the key, i.e. without the need to specify a password.

More details about

The procedure has some more options useful for developers and debuggers. Here follows the additional help output which is shown with: python -h

The procedure accepts an additional option: 

   -a:   select a list of target servers available at Arcetri to be used 
         for tests instead of the servers used for science ready operations.

The procedure also accept additional commands:

   fake:  Make a FAKE build (for debugging)
   lnk:   Redo build links

Note: The FAKE build just contains a fake implementation of the FLAO process launching python scripts.

More details about

The procedure has some more options useful for developers and debuggers. Here follows the additional help output which is shown with: python -h

The procedure accepts an additional option: 

   -a:   select a list of target servers available at Arcetri to be used 
         for tests instead of the servers used for science ready operations.
Topic revision: r4 - 26 May 2015, LucaFini
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