Event Record (event)

The normal use for this record type is to post an event and/or process a forward link. Device support for this record can provide a hardware interrupt handler routine for I/O Event-scanned records.

Parameter Fields

The record-specific fields are described below, grouped by functionality.

Scan Parameters

The event record has the standard fields for specifying under what circumstances it will be processed. If the SCAN field specifies I/O Intr, then device support will provide an interrupt handler, posting an event number when an I/O interrupt occurs. These fields are listed in Scan Fields.

Event Number Parameters

The VAL field contains the event number read by the device support routines. It is this number which is posted. For records that use Soft Channel device support, it can be configured before run-time or set via dbPuts.

FieldSummaryTypeDCT DefaultReadWriteCA PP
VALEvent Name To PostSTRING [40]Yes YesYesNo

Input Specification

The device support routines use the address in this record to obtain input. For records that provide an interrupt handler, the INP field should specify the address of the I/O card, and the DTYP field should specify a valid device support module. Be aware that the address format differs according to the card type used. See "Address Specification" for information on the format of hardware addresses and specifying links.

For soft records, the INP field can be a constant, a database link, or a channel access link. For soft records, the DTYP field should specify Soft Channel.

FieldSummaryTypeDCT DefaultReadWriteCA PP
INPInput SpecificationINLINKYes YesYesNo
DTYPDevice TypeDEVICEYes YesYesNo

Operator Display Parameters

See Fields Common to All Record Types for more on the record name (NAME) and description (DESC) fields.

FieldSummaryTypeDCT DefaultReadWriteCA PP
NAMERecord NameSTRING [61]No YesNoNo
DESCDescriptorSTRING [41]Yes YesYesNo

Alarm Parameters

The Event record has the alarm parameters common to all record types. "Alarm Fields" lists other fields related to alarms that are common to all record types.

Simulation Mode Parameters

The following fields are used to operate the event record in the simulation mode. See "Fields Common to Many Record Types" for more information on these fields.

FieldSummaryTypeDCT DefaultReadWriteCA PP
SIOLSim Input SpecifctnINLINKYes YesYesNo
SVALSimulation ValueSTRING [40]No YesYesNo
SIMLSim Mode LocationINLINKYes YesYesNo
SIMMSimulation ModeMENU (menuYesNo)No YesYesNo
SIMSSim mode Alarm SvrtyMENU (menuAlarmSevr)Yes YesYesNo

Record Support

Record Support Routines


This routine initializes SIMM with the value of SIML if SIML type is a CONSTANT link or creates a channel access link if SIML type is PV_LINK. SVAL is likewise initialized if SIOL is CONSTANT or PV_LINK.

If device support includes init_record(), it is called.


See next section.

Record Processing

Routine process implements the following algorithm:

  1. readValue is called. See "Input Records" for more information.
  2. If PACT has been changed to TRUE, the device support read routine has started but has not completed reading a new input value. In this case, the processing routine merely returns, leaving PACT TRUE.
  3. If VAL > 0, post event number VAL.
  4. Check to see if monitors should be invoked. Alarm monitors are invoked if the alarm status or severity has chanet to 0.
  5. Scan forward link if necessary, set PACT FALSE, and return.

Device Support

Fields of Interest To Device Support

Each record must have an associated set of device support routines. The device support routines are primarily interested in the following fields:

FieldSummaryTypeDCT DefaultReadWriteCA PP
PACTRecord activeUCHARNo YesNoNo
NSEVNew Alarm SeverityMENU (menuAlarmSevr)No YesNoNo
NSTANew Alarm StatusMENU (menuAlarmStat)No YesNoNo
INPInput SpecificationINLINKYes YesYesNo
PRIOScheduling PriorityMENU (menuPriority)Yes YesYesNo

Device Support Routines

Device support consists of the following routines:

long report(int level)

This optional routine is called by the IOC command dbior and is passed the report level that was requested by the user. It should print a report on the state of the device support to stdout. The level parameter may be used to output increasingly more detailed information at higher levels, or to select different types of information with different levels. Level zero should print no more than a small summary.

long init(int after)

This optional routine is called twice at IOC initialization time. The first call happens before any of the init_record() calls are made, with the integer parameter after set to 0. The second call happens after all of the init_record() calls have been made, with after set to 1.



This routine is optional. If provided, it is called by the record support init_record() routine.


  get_ioint_info(int cmd, struct dbCommon *precord, IOSCANPVT *ppvt)

This routine is called by the ioEventScan system each time the record is added or deleted from an I/O event scan list. cmd has the value (0,1) if the record is being (added to, deleted from) an I/O event list. It must be provided for any device type that can use the ioEvent scanner.



This routine returns the following values:

Device Support For Soft Records

The Soft Channel device support module is available. The INP link type must be either CONSTANT, DB_LINK, or CA_LINK.

If the INP link type is CONSTANT, then the constant value is stored into VAL by init_record(), and UDF is set to FALSE. If the INP link type is PV_LINK, then dbCaAddInlink is called by init_record().

read_event calls recGblGetLinkValue to read the current value of VAL. See "Input Records" for details on soft input.