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dim_STAT User's Guide. by Dimitri
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Now, installation is finished, Database and Web servers are running. Be sure STAT-service is installed and running on all servers you want to monitor... (Note: you'll be surprised, but 90% of cases with initial troubles are due to this stupid thing - people just forgetting to start STAT-service :))

Once it's done, you are ready to open your preferred Web browser (Java enabled or not - it's up to you) and connect to the dim_STAT Web server. Index page contains some links to documentation, presentation, tool history, etc., but the link you'll need to click is: "Main Page"... (do you believe some people meet a problem to find it? :))

Here is a small snapshot of the screen you'll see (Note: blue/red histogram has nothing in common with current host activity, it's just an example of working Java applet (since v.7.0 it's converted into image to simplify and speed-up main interface, if you want to be sure Java plug-in is working correctly within your browser and you may click on the 'Preference' link and then on Java Applet testing link). Since v.7.0 you have a choice for graph generation: interactive Java applet or static PNG image. Until v.8.0 for Solaris/SPARC users there was an old Netscape Navigator 4.5 shipped in /apps/httpd directory - I don't ship it anymore as there are at least FireFox and Opera are available for free to download from Internet. So well - 'Main Page' :))

As you already supposed, the Main Page will re-group all main actions... And you're right! :))

I'll not present action by action, but rather functionality by functionality, in order of operation. However, the most short working cycle should be composed at least of:

  • Starting STAT collect
  •  Analyze/Monitor collecting data
  • Stop STAT collect

Few words about User Interface - don't be surprise you did not find any "Back" button once you enter somewhere from the Main Page: there in no one! You have to use your browser's navigation back button for it, and it's not because I'm just lazy :)) The reason is very simple: dim_STAT may use Java applet to present data in graphical mode, but it seems for every showing graph-applet Web browser is running dedicated JVM for each one, and if you never come back in navigation - all JVMs will stay keeping suspended in the browser memory till it will crash with out of memory error... To prevent crashing I'm forcing you to use browser's button.

Since v.7.0 you'll see a small toolbar in the top of your page presenting:
   - Currently used Database Name
   - Short links into Home/ Preferences/ Log Admin

Navigation become more simple, but be aware about running applets in case you're using them!

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