Configuration File Support¶
instruments package provides support for loading instruments from a
configuration file, so that instrument parameters can be abstracted from the
software that connects to those instruments. Configuration files recognized
instruments are YAML files that specify for each instrument a class
responsible for loading that instrument, along with a URI specifying how that
instrument is connected.
Configuration files are loaded by the use of the
Given the path to a YAML-formatted configuration file and a path within that file, loads the instruments described in that configuration file. The subsection of the configuration file is expected to look like a map from names to YAML nodes giving the class and instrument URI for each instrument. For example:
ddg: class: !!python/name:instruments.srs.SRSDG645 uri: gpib+usb://COM7/15
Loading instruments from this configuration will result in a dictionary of the form
Each instrument configuration section can also specify one or more attributes to set. These attributes are specified using a
attrssection as well as the required
urisections. For instance, the following dictionary creates a ThorLabs APT motor controller instrument with a single motor model configured:
rot_stage: class: !!python/name:instruments.thorabsapt.APTMotorController uri: serial:///dev/ttyUSB0?baud=115200 attrs: channel.motor_model: PRM1-Z8
Unitful attributes can be specified by using the
!Qtag to quickly create instances of
pq.Quantity. In the example above, for instance, we can set a motion timeout as a unitful quantity:
attrs: motion_timeout: !Q 1 minute
When using the
!Qtag, any text before a space is taken to be the magnitude of the quantity, and text following is taken to be the unit specification.
By specifying a path within the configuration file, one can load only a part of the given file. For instance, consider the configuration:
instruments: ddg: class: !!python/name:instruments.srs.SRSDG645 uri: gpib+usb://COM7/15 prefs: ...
"/instruments"as the configuration path will cause this function to load the instruments named in that block, and ignore all other keys in the YAML file.
Parameters: Return type:
The configuration file must be trusted, as the class name references allow for executing arbitrary code. Do not load instruments from configuration files sent over network connections.
Note that keys in sections excluded by the
conf_pathargument are still processed, such that any side effects that may occur due to such processing will occur independently of the value of