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TOPIC: EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ?

EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ? 6 months 1 week ago #22346

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Hello. I am using EKOS Scheduler to image 3 targets, repeatedly, throughout the night. I have setup as follows:

Job1: Target 1
Job 2: Target 2
Job 3: Target 3
Job 4: Target 1
Job 5: Target 2
Job 6: Target 3
Job 7: Target 1
Job 8: Target 2
Job 9: Target3

And so on, repeating the Target1,Target2,Target3 jobs until Job 36. Is there a simpler way to do this than to actually input 36 jobs? Can I set 3 jobs in the Scheduler (Job 1: Target1//Job 2:Target2//Job 3: Target3), and then ask it to loop through that set of jobs 12 times?

I have tried to use the "Repeat" buttons on the Job Completion menu within Scheduler; however, these cause an individual Job to repeat before moving on to the next. It's important for me to force imaging of Target1,Target2,Target3 in that order before repeating to the next cycle of imaging for Target1,Target2,Target3.

On a related note, is there a way to set more than 20 Priorities, so I can force an order for 36 jobs to run in order 1,2,3,4....all the way to 36 ?

Thanks much for the help!

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EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ? 6 months 1 week ago #22348

Currently, there is no way to repeat jobs list. What is it that you're trying to do, are these 3 separate objects in different areas of the sky or what exactly?

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EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ? 6 months 1 week ago #22353

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Yes. I am imaging 3 different objects in different parts of the sky. They are 3 variable stars, that I am imaging in 10minute intervals.

What would be the best way to image Star1, then slew and image Star2, then slew and image to Star3, and the repeat the cycle by slewing and imaging Star1. I’d like to be able to repeat this process for the entire night.

Right now, I have manually loaded 18 jobs into the job list, and assigned Prioroty 1-18, to force Star1,Star2,Star3,Star1,Star2,Star3...... The 18 jobs represent 6 cycles of Star1,Star2,Star3. But this does not run the whole night, as the job list completes after job18.

Any ideas of how I can schedule this kind of imaging for a whole evening?

Thanks again for all the help!!

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EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ? 6 months 1 week ago #22357

I don't currently use the scheduler too much, so I don't know everything about it, but do/should the "Completion Conditions" at the bottom right repeat the jobs list? I am guessing from what I have seen that those are conditions associated with each job, is that correct? I think that would make sense if you want each job to be repeated 3 times before moving to the next one or something like that. But if you have more than one job, does that mean it just does the first job repeatedly if "loop until terminated" is checked?

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EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ? 6 months 6 days ago #22365

Ok it is understood. I will work on adding support this it. So two things:

1. Adding option to run jobs in order as-is without any weighting.
2. Repeat list on completion.

It's on my TODO list now.
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EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ? 6 months 1 day ago #22543

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Just a thought. But one strategy/feature may be to create nested jobs? Such that the parent job is repeated under one set of completion conditions with the child jobs following independent conditions.
Advantages of this strategy would help organize large job lists, perhaps expanded to include mosaic jobs as childs of the parent job instead of many separate jobs.

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EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ? 5 months 4 weeks ago #22565

So for now I added an option in Settings --> Configure KStars --> Ekos --> Scheduler to turn off sorting of jobs by altitude and priority. If you uncheck this, then all the jobs will run as is without sorting them. So a little progress to achieve what you want. This is in GIT now and will be part of KStars next release.
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EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ? 5 months 4 weeks ago #22566

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That sounds like a great workaround to accomplish what I’m trying to do. Thank you so much!

I am pretty new to the KStars and Linux world. What is GIT? How do I go about installing the update? I’m running Ubuntu with kstars-bleeding, on a Mac with virtualbox.

Thanks so much!

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EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ? 5 months 4 weeks ago #22568

There is native KStars for Mac, no need for virtualbox. I'd suggest you wait until the next release due in a few days. You can find a topic on how to build latest KStars in the General forum.

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EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ? 5 months 3 weeks ago #22595

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Thanks for the info. I built the latest kstars from GIT, and see the new option for "turn off sorting of jobs by altitude and priority". My scheduler job list has 20 jobs in it, with Priority 1-20. When this option is left checked, it runs through the jobs from Priority 1-->20, as expected. When I uncheck this box, Job#1 runs, but when Job#1 completes, the scheduler does not advance to Job#2. Instead it appears to find the original Job#1 (which has a Priority of #1), and hangs there. I have attached the scheduler log for your reference. Any ideas what's going on?

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File Name: scheduler_log_1.23.18_2018-01-23-2.txt
File Size: 17 KB


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EKOS Scheduler - repeat all jobs possible ? 5 months 3 weeks ago #22598

Please 'git pull' and build and check again.

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