ipformch This is the checker for data formats. It is started usually by crontab. It reads a parameter file which is used to describe the file name to look for and the process to run (if required), what logging is needed and how long to look. The parameter file is in tables/form/check and has the syntax : ; comment file: (name) nolog: found:(scriptname) nofile: (name) notfound:(scriptname) found:(scriptname) stop: wait: (seconds) totalwait:(seconds) filechk:(seconds) display:(seconds) errmsg: (error message) okmsg: (ok message) waitmsg:(still waiting message) log: (log this message) maxtime:(secs) where file: Path and name of file to check. If this starts with a '/' it is considered to be the full pathname else it is under fip/spool. Trailing wild cards, '*', are permitted. eg file:corrit/G1SI* nofile: Path and name of file to check : true if file is NOT FOUND. The following options are for both file and nofile : If the filename for file/nofile is '$f' then the filename will be that passed on input for the -f switch. There are also 10 other variable parameters you can pass under -0 to -9 switch. These are defined as $0 in the path/filename. nolog: do NOT log if found/not found is TRUE default is to log if running script found: optional process to run if found. This is usually a script in /fip/local. The filename is passed as the 1st parameter. There is an example script in local called egformchk. notfound: as per found for non-existence. stop: optional - stop processing if this is NOT TRUE. Do not continue down the list. Normally if there is a wait it will wait nostop: optional - do NOT stop processing if NOT TRUE totwait: Total time to wait before we timeout in seconds. default is NONE or if parameter is NO - run once only. if parameter is 0 - wait indefinitely msgafter: optional interval before the first waiting messages. Note this will be after the first check after the msgafter time. default: 300 secs wait: optional interval between waiting messages default: 60 secs filechk: optional interval between checking for the file if waiting. default: 5 secs. min: 1 sec. max: 60 secs errmsg: error message string default: std error msg okmsg: message string if ok default: std ok msg waitmsg: message string if we are waiting default: std wait msg error: 1st param - output waiting message every x secs 2nd param - only start printing waiting message after x secs eg error:60:300 print wait msg every minute after 5 mins defaults: 1st param=60 2nd param= 60 maxtime: to wait for a single process before we message a blowout Note : this does need to be set for very long processes defaults: 60 secs/1 min There can be several files in the parameter file which are checked in sequence. There can be multiple wait/chk/errmess/okmess parameters which take effect for the next file/nofile. Input parameters are : -f : Path and name for the $f string which may be used for either 'file' or 'nofile' to check. If this starts with a '/' it is considered to be the full pathname else it is under fip/spool. Note that the wildcard chr, '*' can be specified but, depending on the shell used, may need to be quoted. default: none -0 .. -9 : As for -f/$f but allowing up to 10 more variables to be passed on input default: none -p : parameter file to run default: none -n : run the program at reduced priority default: nice 5 -c : do NOT run process - just check default: run if specified -v : display version number and exit. (copyright) 2019 and previous years FingerPost Ltd.