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Question about writing message handling blocks

From: Ellie White
Subject: Question about writing message handling blocks
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2020 11:58:54 -0400

Hey all,

I've got a question about message handling in GNU Radio. I'm working on developing an out of tree module for controlling the Allen Array, and I'm currently working on a set of two blocks which are supposed to interact via messages, control.py and trackscan.py; note that "control" receives the messages and "trackscan" receives them. The code can be found here (please forgive the messiness, I've not had a chance to tidy it up yet): https://github.com/SETIatHCRO/gr-ata/tree/master/python

I'm struggling because I can't seem to figure out why it is that when I put both of these blocks in a flowgraph, connect them, and run it -- the start function for the "control" blockseemingly gets called *before* the message handler function, and thus it acts like the obs_info dictionary is empty. (https://github.com/SETIatHCRO/gr-ata/blob/master/python/control.py#L54)  Does anyone have any advice on this? This is my first time writing message-passing blocks so I am unfamiliar with the process. If I need to clarify any of the above please let me know and I'd be glad to. Thanks so much for your time and help -- I appreciate it!


Ellie White
Co-Director, Open Source Radio Telescopes
Student at Marshall University

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