Using the Dashboard

Sorting the Channel List

By default, the Iguana Dashboard displays the channel list in ascending order by name. You can change the order in which Iguana displays channels in the Dashboard.

To choose a column to use as the search order, click its column heading. For example, to sort by channel type, click the Type column heading:

Clicking the column heading repeatedly toggles the search order from ascending to descending and back again.

The Dashboard displays an arrow in the heading of the column it is using as the sort criterion. If the arrow is pointing upwards, the sort is in ascending order; if the arrow is pointing downwards, the sort is in descending order.

Viewing Channel Information [top]

You can use the Dashboard to view information about all of the channels you have created. To view the Dashboard, click the Dashboard link. The channels are displayed in a table, one row per channel:

The table below lists the columns that can appear in the Dashboard:

Column Name Description

(check box)
A check box that enables you to select this channel. Select this check box when you want to start, stop or clear errors in multiple channels. See Starting and Stopping Multiple Channels for more details. (This column is enabled only if you are a member of a role that has Edit or Start/Stop permissions for the channel group to which this channel belongs.)
Start/Stop A button to start or stop the channel. (This column is enabled only if you are a member of a role that has Start/Stop permissions for the channel group to which this channel belongs.)
The current status of the channel. See Starting and Stopping a Channel for more details.
Type The source and destination components of the channel. This column also contains an icon that indicates whether a filter has been defined for this channel; see below for details.
Name The name of the channel.
Last Activity The date and time when message activity last occurred. This date and time are updated when a message is added to the message queue, when a message has been completely removed from the message queue, and when message filter processing is completed.
Errors A count of the number of errors that have been detected.
Queued A count of the number of messages waiting to be processed by the channel.

If a filter has been specified for a channel, the icon appears between the source and destination components in the Type column:

If no filter has been specified, the icon appears between the source and destination components:

If you click the icon for the source component, the Source tab of the Channel Configuration screen for the channel is displayed:

Similarly, if you click the icon for the destination component, the Destination tab of the Channel Configuration screen is displayed. Clicking the icon or the icon displays the Filter tab of the Channel Configuration screen.

Note: If you have not configured your email notification settings, a warning message will appear on the Dashboard:

Tooltip Information [top]

The dashboard has a lot of useful tooltip information, just hover over key icons and links. You can even customize the content of some tooltips from your Lua code, a really cool feature.

Overview of the some of the best tooltips

The Status Icon gives a tooltip showing channel status. This is very convenient when a channel is in a yellow or red state.

The source, filter and destination components all have their own configuration tooltips. Very useful for viewing the port an LLP component is listening on, or commit info for a component using a script.

The Channel Name gives the description of the channel and any groups it belongs to.

The Last Activity tooltip summarizes activity for the channel.

The same information can also be found in a channel’s Control Panel.

Detailed Channel Information [top]

To display detailed information for a channel, click the channel name that is displayed in the Dashboard. A Channel Configuration screen and a Control Panel appear.

From the Channel Configuration screen, you can click the Channel, Source, Filter and Destination tabs to view the configuration of this channel. If the channel has From Database as its source component or To Database as its destination component, a Tables tab also appears.

For more information on these tabs, see the Iguana Channel Settings reference.

The top row of the Channel Configuration screen includes a list box that enables you to select another channel to examine in detail:

Note: From this list box, you can also select [Add Channel] to create a new channel. See Adding a New Channel  the Iguana Channel Settings reference.

From the Control Panel, you can view channel information:

You can also perform several common tasks:

  • If the channel is stopped, a Start Channel button is displayed. Click this button to start the channel.
  • If the channel is started, a Stop Channel button is displayed. Click this button to stop the channel.

    Note: If you are not a member of any role that has Start/Stop permissions on the channel group of which this channel is a member, Start Channel or Stop Channel is visible but disabled. See Roles for more information.

  • The Status field displays a status square indicating the current status of the channel. (For an explanation of the status square and its possible values, see Starting and Stopping a Channel.)
  • The Last Activity field displays the time at which there were activity in the channel (or N/A if there has been no activity). Click the link next to Last Activity to display the log messages for this channel.
  • The Inbound Speed and Outbound Speed fields display the rate at which inbound and outbound messages are being processed.
  • In the Errors field, click the number to view the log entries for the errors that have been detected in this channel. If you are a member of a role that has Edit permissions on the channel group of which this channel is a member, you can click clear to clear any errors that have been detected.
  • The Received field displays the total number of messages that have been received by this channel (not including messages that have been purged).
  • The Queued field displays the number of messages that are queued for processing by this channel.
  • The Total Processed field displays the number of messages processed by this channel.
  • The Current Processed field displays the number of messages processed by this channel since the count was last reset by clicking clear.
  • From the Logging Level list box, you can select what log messages are generated for this channel. For details, see Changing the Logging Level. (This list box is only enabled if you are a member of a role that has Edit permissions on the channel group of which this channel is a member.)

    Note: If you are editing the channel, the Logging Level list box is not displayed.

  • If you are a member of the Administrators role, the Remove Channel button enables you to remove this channel if you are no longer using it. See Removing a Channel for more details. (If you are not a member of the Administrators role, this button is disabled.)

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