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Service Description

What is a service description? (write some text here)

Static Service Description

On startup - the ServiceManager parses the <YOUR_INSTALL_DIR>/share directory for XML-files. If you specified another directory (./run-servicemgr path), this one is parsed. The <YOUR_INSTALL_DIR>/share/service.dtd specifies the grammer.

Forcing Service Instances to use another XML Service Description than the default:

Sometimes you want to start several instances of a service with different service descriptions. This is solved by a new feature (Dec 11 2003): every service can be forced to use a certain XML description. In the command line do a:
service -DserviceName="ABC"

Then the service will use the XML file called ABC.xml

Dynamic Service Descriptions (Manually)

When the service network is to be modified dynamically, or a new Service Description is required, a service can be described manually. All this can be done without creating a new class. You need however a custom class once you want to register a service for your new ServiceDescription.


When you are in a coded section, where your own service is registered, you can call the TemplateService's getServiceManager method.

Without TemplateService:

To describe your service, you need to first initialize your CORBA connection.

myOrbConnection = Chair.CorbaInit(argc, sys.argv)

Then get a reference to the ServiceManager:

smgr = myOrbConnection.getServiceManager()

The ServiceManager gives you a new ServiceDescription if you ask for it.

sd = smgr.newServiceDescription("Test")

You can now describe yourself.


Then add a new Need:

nd.setType("Chair.PoseData") If you want, add some attributes:

nd.setAttribute("whatever", "*")

Likewise, you could add also some abilities. And dont forget to activate the ServiceDescription..


Dynamite planted. You can see your new service in the ServiceDIVE when you set your filter preferences to showing unregistered services as well.

Service Description Elements

ServiceManager Flags for Service Descriptions

  • setStartOnDemand(False) Start the service only when needed. (default: True)
  • setStopOnNoUse(False) Stop the service when not needed. (default: True)
  • setIsTemplate(False) Allow more Instances of this service. (default. False)

Flags for Needs and Abilities

  • setMinInstances(2) Minumum Number of communication Partners required to set up connection (default: 1)
  • setMaxInstances(42) Maximum Number of communication partners allowed. (default: 1)
  • setAttribute("application", "SHEEP");

Adding and Removing Needs Dynamically

To develop a new need on the fly, you may find this piece of code helpful:

void SoPoseDataReceiver::createNeed()
   //Get own service description
   DWARF::ActiveServiceDescription_ptr serviceDesc = ViewerFacade::getInstance()->getServiceDesc();

   //Variables needed to describe Need
   NeedDescription_var nd;
   ConnectorDescription_var cd;
   const char * thingID = (this->getName()).getString();
   const char * pred = ("(&(ThingID="+string(thingID)+")(ThingType=PoseData))").c_str();
   //set name, type and predicate
   //set connector protocol
   //register need @ servicemgr
   try {
      serviceDesc->registerNeed( nd->getName(), this->_this() );
      DEBUGSTREAM(5, "Registering need "<getName());
   } catch(...) {
      DEBUGSTREAM(0, "Caught exception Registering Need.");

Edit | Attach | Refresh | Diffs | More | Revision r1.13 - 02 Jan 2006 - 15:09 - MarcusToennis

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