Manuals: slink2orb


slink2orb [-dc database] [-dm database] [-nd delay]
          [-nt timeout] [-k interval] [-pf parameter_file]
          [-S statefile] [-r] [-v] SeedLink ORB</pre>


Option Description
-dm database Use the specified database for mapping SEED names to CSS database names. If the channel names do not exist in the specified database they will be inserted. If this database is not specified the local foreignkeys database will be used.
-dc database Copy calib, calper and segtype from the calibration table in the specified database. Recommended if the data will be processed directly from the ORB since this information is not available in the data stream.
-nd delay The network reconnect delay (in seconds) for the connection to the SeedLink server. If the connection breaks for any reason this will govern how soon a reconnection should be attempted. The default value is 30 seconds.
-nt timeout The network timeout (in seconds) for the connection to the SeedLink server. If no data are received in this time the connection is closed and re-established (after the reconnect delay has expired). The default value is 600 seconds. A value of 0 disables the timeout.
-k interval Requires SeedLink >= 3. Keepalive packet interval (in seconds) at which keepalive (heartbeat) packets are sent to the server. Keepalive packets are only sent if nothing is received within the interval. Default is a value of 0 which disables the sending of keepalive packets.
-pf parameter_file Specify a parameter file. This argument is optional and if not specified the default parameter file of will be used. Parameters expected in the parameter file are described below.
-S statefile If a statefile is specified, slink2orb will save the SeedLink sequence number(s) of the last valid packet(s) received when exiting. On startup, slink2orb will attempt to read the specified statefile and configure the SeedLink server to start with the next packet, if possible. Intermediate state saves can be enabled and controlled with the savestate value in the parameter file (see below).
-r Use either the database specified with the -dm option or the local foreignkeys database to remap input net, sta, chan, and loc codes to local sta and chan codes. This can be helpful when processing this data with programs that do not recognize the loc code in the source name.
-v Be more verbose. This flag can be used multiple times (-v -v or -vv) for more verbosity.
SeedLink A required argument. Specifies the location of the SeedLink server in [host]:port format. If host is omitted localhost is assumed.
ORB A required argument. Specifies the location of the ORB server in [host]:port format. If host is omitted localhost is assumed.

Parameter file

An example slink2orb parameter file:

#, parameters for the SeedLink to ORB module
# Equivalent command line parameters override those specified here
# All parameters are optional
nettimeout    600     # network timeout (seconds), 0 to disable
netdelay      30      # network reconnect delay (seconds)
keepalive     0       # interval to send keepalive requests (seconds)
stateint      300     # interval to save the sequence number (packets)
selectors   BH?.D     # selectors recognized by SeedLink server, see below
stations &Arr{
    #       NET_STA         [selectors]
    GE_EIL          BHZ.D  HHZ.D
    IU_KONO         BH?
    # Some SeedLink servers can accept wildcards for network and station
    TA_*            BHZ
# (notes regarding "selectors" from a SeedLink configuration file)
#   The "selectors" parameter tells to request packets that match given
#   selectors. This helps to reduce network traffic. A packet is sent to
#   client if it matches any positive selector (without leading "!") and
#   doesn't match any negative selectors (with "!"). General format of
#   selectors is LLSSS.T, where LL is location, SSS is channel, and T is
#   type (one of DECOTL for data, event, calibration, blockette, timing,
#   and log records). "LL", ".T", and "LLSSS." can be omitted, meaning
#   "any". It is also possible to use "?" in place of L and S.
#   Some examples:
#   BH?            - BHZ, BHN, BHE (all record types)
#   00BH?.D        - BHZ, BHN, BHE with location code '00' (data records)
#   BH? !E         - BHZ, BHN, BHE (excluding detection records)
#   BH? E          - BHZ, BHN, BHE plus detection records of all channels
#   !LCQ !LEP      - exclude LCQ and LEP channels
#   !L !T          - exclude log and timing records

The parameters are further defined below.

Parameter Description
nettimeout Equivalent to the command line version. Any value given on the command line takes precedence.
netdelay Equivalent to the command line version. Any value given on the command line takes precedence.
keepalive Equivalent to the command line version. Any value given on the command line takes precedence.
stateint If this value and a statefile are specified, this is the interval (in seconds) at which the module will save the last valid SeedLink sequence number. This can be used to protect against abnormal (power failure) program exits. The default value is 0, which disables this feature.
selectors This can be used, as described above, to limit the data stream sent by the SeedLink server to specific channels and types. Multiple selectors are separates by space(s). Note: only Mini-SEED waveform data records are forwarded to the ORB, all other types will be dropped. Basically you might as well use .D on all your selectors because everything else is ignored. The default is no defined selectors which causes SeedLink to send all available types and channels. When using multi-station mode (stations array is defined), this serves as default selectors.
stations array If this array is present then the connection is configured in multi-station mode. Stations must be specified in NET_STA format with following selector(s). If no selectors are provided for a given station then the selectors given with the selectors parameter are used. There is NO expansion/wildcard capability, all stations desired must be explicitly listed.


Currently, SeedLink only serves 512-byte Mini-SEED records (with an 8 byte SeedLink header). Received records are prepended with an Antelope packet type SEED header and are sent to the ORB, optionally including calib2, calper and segtype from a specified database.

Wildcard network and station codes

Some SeedLink server have enhanced selection capability and are able to handle wildcards (’*’ or ‘?’ characters) in the network and station codes. Servers that do not support this will return an error during negotiation.

All/Uni-station Vs. Multi-station:

All/Uni-station mode is an old connection method used for getting all (or a single station depending on configuration of the server) data streams from a server. Multi-station mode is the method used for requesting specific streams. Most users do not need to know the difference between these modes with the one exception that some SeedLink servers implement uni-station mode as all-station mode, if no network and station selection is made during negotiation these servers will stream all the data to the client (equivalent to wildcarding all the data streams).

The SeedLink protocol was originally developed as part of the SeisComP (Seismological Communication Processor) package. For more information see,

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