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XTOLM is a local bash XNAT-aware console. This documentation provides a use case for exporting data computations in XNAT to an external spreadsheet.
Client machine prerequisites to run XTOLM on a 64 bit Linux:
Make sure all required components are on your path.
Online Commands: mostly, load/save scans, resources and metadata as resources.
|load_scans <id1>[,...]||load scan(s) to DICOM by ID to the processing dir|
|load_type <type>||load scan(s) DICOM of a given type to the processing dir|
|load_dir <dir1>[,...]||load resource dir(s) to the processing dir|
|load_file <fil1> [fil2..]||load resource file(s) to the processing dir|
|load_workspace||load context variables from XNAT session (stored under unique analysis ID)|
save context variables to XNAT session (stored under unique analysis ID)
|save_dir <dir>||write resource dir to XNAT (overwrites existing)|
Offline Commands: The purpose is to enable repeated analysis. Each study is loaded into a separate directory and is processed within 'processing context': XNAT subject and experiment label. Each study directory can have DICOM, resource dirs, and some configuration files that store context information. Workspace is defined as all user-defined variables that should be saved as key-value pairs.
|set_context <subject> <session>||set current context of subject and session|
|save_vars [var1] [,..]||save one or more variables to current context|
|summary <label>||generate a comma-separated summary of existing contexts|
|help||list console commands|
|quit||quit interactive console|
set_context: move to another processing dir that corresponds to another XNAT session, and load/init workspace variables for that session. Previously computed variables are loaded using this command.
save_vars: save local vars (name+value) to current context (context is saved in a file within processing dir or online in XNAT experiment).
load/save workspace: sync context variables with XNAT session (load/save to designated resource)
Script execution mode: the user writes a script which is interpreted by XTOLM, converted to a bash script and executed.
xtolm [options] <script file> [...]
Interactive mode : line-by-line command input.
Offline mode: all code that interacts with XNAT is ignored.
rcsv: convert a csv file into a set of bash arrays - can be used in XTOLM to change session context automatically, load specific scans/dirs, etc.
summary: create a summary spreadsheet that aggregates all contexts accross the batch processing session.