%Installer Manifest: How to partially reconfigure the NameSpace (add some subscript level mapping)?

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I've got an issue trying to write a code which should add some global mapping to already existing namespace. Here is its skeleton: 

Include %occInclude

/// Create simple global mapping (main DB and cachetemp only)
Class %z.Mapping Extends %Library.RegisteredObject

/// Application Definition
XData qMS [ XMLNamespace = INSTALLER ]
<If Condition='$L("${NAMESPACE}")=0'>
<!-- Report an error if the namespace wasn't specified -->
<Error Status="$$$NamespaceDoesNotExist">
<Arg Value="${NAMESPACE}"/>

<If Condition='$zcvt("${NAMESPACE}","U")="%SYS"'>
<!-- Report an error if the namespace %SYS -->
<Error Status="$$$GeneralError">
<Arg Value="${NAMESPACE} should not be %SYS"/>

<Invoke Class="%z.Mapping" Method="GetMainDB" CheckStatus="0" Return="MainDB" >
<Arg Value="${NAMESPACE}"/>

<If Condition='$L("${MainDB}")=0'>
<!-- Report an error if the globals database was not detected -->
<Error Status="$$$GeneralError">
<Arg Value="${NAMESPACE} has no Globals database" />

<Var Name="DBRESOURCE" Value="%DB_%DEFAULT"/>

<Namespace Name="${NAMESPACE}" Create="no" >

<Log Level="0" Text="${NAMESPACE} is ready to be configured using ${MainDB} and ${DBRESOURCE}" />

<!-- ??? Configure the database that should exist upto this step -->
  <Database Name="${MainDB}"
<!-- ??? Configure the database that should exist upto this step -->

  <GlobalMapping Global="Q(&quot;0!&quot;):(END)"  From="CACHETEMP"/>
  <GlobalMapping Global="Q(&quot;0mseSTATUS&quot;):(&quot;0mseSTATUS~&quot;)"  From="${MainDB}"/>
  <GlobalMapping Global="Qa"     From="CACHETEMP"/>
  <GlobalMapping Global="Qi"     From="CACHETEMP"/>
  <GlobalMapping Global="Qi(&quot;MO&quot;)"     From="${MainDB}"/>



/// This is a method generator whose code is generated by XGL.
ClassMethod setup(ByRef pVars, pLogLevel As %Integer, pInstaller As %Installer.Installer, pLogger As %Installer.AbstractLogger) As %Status [ CodeMode = objectgenerator, Internal ]
#; Let our XGL document generate code for this method. 
Quit ##class(%Installer.Manifest).%Generate(%compiledclass, %code, "qMS")

ClassMethod GetMainDB(pNamespace) As %String
new $namespace $namespace="%SYS"
if 'sc $system.OBJ.DisplayError(sc) quit ""
quit p("Globals")

/// Invoke the installer passing in some variables
/// zn "USER1" s sc=$system.OBJ.Load("mapping.xml","ck") d:'sc $system.Status.DisplayError(sc)
/// s sc=##class(%z.Mapping).RunInstallWithLog($zu(12)_"mapping.log",2) d:'sc $system.Status.DisplayError(sc)
ClassMethod RunInstallWithLog(pLogfile As %String, pLogLevel = 1) As %Status
#dim tVars
#dim tStatus As %Status

Set tVars("NAMESPACE") = $zu(5)

// Construct a file logger
#dim tLogger As %Installer.FileLogger = ##class(%Installer.FileLogger).%New(1,pLogfile)

// Invoke the installer
Set tStatus = ..setup(.tVars,pLogLevel,,tLogger)
Do:$$$ISERR(tStatus) $system.OBJ.DisplayError(tStatus)
Quit tStatus


I've run it with following commands:

zn "USER1" s sc=##class(%z.Mapping).RunInstallWithLog($zu(12)_"mapping.log",2) d:'sc $system.Status.DisplayError(sc)

And it worked. But if I'm excluding an [unneeded] code fragment that resides between two lines:

<!-- ??? Configure the database that should exist upto this step -->

I'm getting several errors, please see below. Why this fragment is still needed nevertheless I marked my namespace with Create="no" attribute? The same bugs are thrown with an option Create="overwrite". 

​2017-03-31 19:24:51 0 %z.Mapping: Installation starting at 2017-03-31 19:24:51, LogLevel=2
2017-03-31 19:24:51 0 : USER1 is ready to be configured using USER1 and %DB_%DEFAULT
2017-03-31 19:24:51 1 CreateNamespace: Creating namespace USER1 using /
2017-03-31 19:24:51 2 CreateNamespace: Modifying namespace USER1
2017-03-31 19:24:51 0 %z.Mapping: ERROR #5002: Cache error: <SUBSCRIPT>%LoadData+6^Config.Databases.1 ^SYS("CONFIG","CACHE","Databases","")
ERROR #5659: Property 'Config.Namespaces::Globals(3@Config.Namespaces,ID=CACHE||Namespaces||USER1)' required
ERROR #7202: Datatype value '' length less than MINLEN allowed of 1
ERROR #5659: Property 'Config.Namespaces::Routines(3@Config.Namespaces,ID=CACHE||Namespaces||USER1)' required
ERROR #7202: Datatype value '' length less than MINLEN allowed of 1
2017-03-31 19:24:51 0 %z.Mapping: ERROR #ConfigFailed: Unknown status code: <Ins>ConfigFailed (,,,,,,,)
  > ERROR #5002: Cache error: <SUBSCRIPT>%LoadData+6^Config.Databases.1 ^SYS("CONFIG","CACHE","Databases","")
  > ERROR #5659: Property 'Config.Namespaces::Globals(3@Config.Namespaces,ID=CACHE||Namespaces||USER1)' required
  > ERROR #7202: Datatype value '' length less than MINLEN allowed of 1
  > ERROR #5659: Property 'Config.Namespaces::Routines(3@Config.Namespaces,ID=CACHE||Namespaces||USER1)' required
  > ERROR #7202: Datatype value '' length less than MINLEN allowed of 1
2017-03-31 19:24:51 0 %z.Mapping: Installation failed at 2017-03-31 19:24:51
2017-03-31 19:24:51 0 %Installer: Elapsed time .178622s

The error report shows that %Installer still tries to configure database using empty internal structures. So it seems that I have two options:

1 - Write getters similar to GetMainDB for other database attributes (Dir,  Resource, etc). Why not one getter for all of them? Just because there is no option to pass arguments by reference, so only one value can be returned by one method call; returning the $list would force me to write much more XML to get its elements.

2 - Modify GetMainDB method implementation to do all mapping setup inside it. In this case I'm apparently don't need <Namespace> ... </Namespace> code fragment as it's nothing to do with the namespace besides adding global mapping.

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RTFM, should I say to myself. <Database> tag is required, according to documentation:


  Required; within <Configuration>. Defines one or more databases used in the namespace. 

Taking in account that there was no need in any database [re]configuration, the problematic fragment was scaled down to: 

<!-- Configure the database that should exist upto this step: we don't need it, but the tag is required -->
 <Database Name="${MainDB}"

And it was enough to make it working. Despite of nasty message logged:

2017-04-03 12:32:18 1 CreateDatabase: Creating database USER1 in D:\InterSystems\Cache10\mgr\ with resource 

nothing bad happened neither with CACHESYS, nor with USER1 databases.


I'd recommend running with log level 3 for debugging purposes, and using transactions. I think MainDB is undefined or  empty.

Thanks for taking part, Eduard. According to this record:

2017-03-31 19:24:51 0 : USER1 is ready to be configured using USER1 and %DB_%DEFAULT

MainDB was neither undefined nor empty.

My post was mainly about %Installer's usage; doesn't it use transactions internally by itself? I didn't notice any transaction tags in it's language definition.

As to the log level, my other scripts (not this one) are intended to be used during Cache installation. I don't know how to adjust the log level in this case, therefore I used to deliberately set it equal to "0" to be sure that my debug messages will be logged; having finished debugging, I just change all 




I debug installers from a terminal:

do installer

Then I check the system, errors, etc. After that:


And I can run installer again (only need to delete all created files, if any)

only need to delete all created files

Good point. Besides, if there was <Configuration> section involved, you need to revert all configuration changes it had done. And it's not as easy as rename previous cache.cpfXXXXX back to cache.cpf, because %Installer commits every single change, so you need to remember which cache.cpfXXXXX was active before you started your experiments.

It seems it's usually easier to remove all changes made by %Installer manually, using SMP and some File Manager tool, or if there are too many of them, just run the setup being tested against another Cache instance which I can easily remove and reinstall from scratch.