[LON-CAPA-admin] Not Open To Be Viewed Troubles
Bynum, Lee Hamilton
leebynum at illinois.edu
Wed Feb 21 10:50:17 EST 2018
This has been very helpful for digging into what's going on. In case I'm barking up the wrong tree, though, I'd like to sanity check some potential state values. I'm seeing values that are either single digit integers or a series of integers, which I suspect come from the sequence based classes. For example, "2" or "2002202". Are those the sort of values to be expected in user.state?
From: lon-capa-admin-bounces at mail.lon-capa.org [lon-capa-admin-bounces at mail.lon-capa.org] on behalf of Stuart Raeburn [raeburn at msu.edu]
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Subject: Re: [LON-CAPA-admin] Not Open To Be Viewed Troubles
Reviewing my previous answer, I find that I provided an answer to a
different question than the one you had actually asked.
Accordingly, I am going to revise my answer from: "it is in memory on
the access server", to it is in memory (in %env) and also in the
user's session file, on the filesystem on the access server.
As you noted the username_courseid.state file in /home/httpd/perl/tmp
contains the conditional statement:
&EXT('user.resource.resource.200.1.awarddetail','BuffersLab') eq 'APPROX_ANS'
The user's session file (a GDBM file):
will contain a key of: user.state.uiuc_3g9196182397259fcuiuclibrary1,
with the corresponding value containing the results of evaluated
The routine: &Apache::lonuserstate::evalstate() is used to determine
(and save) the value for:
user.state.uiuc_3g9196182397259fcuiuclibrary1, which is appended to
%env, and also to the session file.
The evalstate() routine will evaluate the conditions in perl Safe
space, which will include calling lonnet::EXT(), which in turn calls
lonnet::restore to retrieve the user's submission history for the
resource to which the alias: 'BuffersLab' points.
The routine: &Apache::lonnet::devalidate() will remove
user.state.uiuc_3g9196182397259fcuiuclibrary1 from %env (and from the
user's session file).
The devalidate() routine is called whenever lonnet::store() or
lonnet::cstore are called in course context to store the user's
submissions, points etc.
Note: the question I answered with my previous response to this thread
was where can you find values for items such as:
&EXT('user.resource.resource.200.1.awarddetail','BuffersLab') when a
problem is being rendered, and in that case the answer is in memory.
LON-CAPA Academic Consortium
>> Does this live entirely in memory or am I missing something?
> It is in memory on the access server.
> When the problem is rendered, the &initialize_storage() routine is
> called in structuretags.pm within start_problem() which will
> the (global) %history hash in Apache::lonhomework with submission
> award history etc. for the current resource (in the current course
> context and instance for the current user) by calling
> See lines 1024-1025 in the version of structuretags.pm included in
> Later during rendering, the global %history hash is cleared with
> undef (within the end_problem routine).
> Stuart Raeburn
> LON-CAPA Academic Consortium
>> I'm tracing the path of where a condition is stored against the
>> on our servers.
>> Condition to be met:
> &EXT('user.resource.resource.200.1.awarddetail','BuffersLab') eq
>> I'm having a difficult time locating that condition on the access
servers, though. I've found the conditional statement in the .state
>> file, but I'm not seeing it in any of the user files. Does this
>> entirely in memory or am I missing something?
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>> Subject: Re: [LON-CAPA-admin] Not Open To Be Viewed Troubles
>> Hello Lee,
>> There is no log file of access server parameter file changes, but
>> could make your own (see below).
>> Looking back through the archives, it seems you ran into this issue
> in March.
>> I posted a response to the list to that earlier post. See:
>> which discussed how to view cached parameters in memcache.
>> Assuming the open date parameter in effect is for all students, or
>> for a specific section, and not for individual student(s), then
>> parameters will be retrieved using lonnet::get_courseresdata().
>> will, in turn, call &lonnet::dump(), when the cache on the access
>> server has expired (it's valid for 10 minutes).
>> You could modify lonnet::get_courseresdata() to write the hash
>> returned by dump() for a particular course to a file (e.g.,
>> /home/httpd/perl/tmp/debug/$coursenum on the access server).
>> Your code could check if the file already exists, and if it did
>> the existing file to /home/httpd/perl/tmp/debug/$coursenum.old,
>> before writing the latest data to a new file.
>> You could then create a perl script, which would be run by cron
>> 5 minutes to look in /home/httpd/perl/tmp/debug/. The script would
compare the contents of $coursenum.old and $coursenum (if both
>> and record what had changed for course: $coursenum for the current
timestamp, in a log file. The script would then unlink
>> Stuart Raeburn
>> LON-CAPA Academic Consortium
>>> Hello Admins,
>>> I am diving back into an issue we've had in which resources are
>>> temporarily "Not open to be viewed." The resources should be
>>> available now and do become available after 10-20 minutes or a
>>> of access server. The leading theory is that the parameter file
>>> being read incorrectly, resulting in the access server thinking
>>> resource is unavailable until the bad parameter is updated.
>>> Is there a log anywhere of access server parameter file changes?
>>> Because things seem to go back to normal after a while I have yet
>>> have the problem reported to me in time to look at the potentially
>>> problematic files in real time.
>>> Sorry for rehashing old troubles, but I'm hoping this time will to
>> the trick.
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