In addition to the issue of pvAccess versus Channel Access and PV versus channel I think we need to clear up use of the word “Record”.


We do though have a lot of  references to “records” and (worse) “PVRecords” in the code and documentation when we should say

channel or PV. Unless a reference is specifically to a channel provided locally by an implementation using V4 records and database

(i.e. in pvDatabase) or V3 records and database (i.e.pvaSrv) we shouldn’t say record.


For example consider a channel process:


(pvAccess spec)

"A "channel process" set of messages are used to indicate to the server that the computation actions associated with a channel

should be executed. That is in the language of EPICS, the channel should be "processed".


So we can say we process a channel. If the channel is a PV channel this will cause the PV to be processed. If (and only if) the

channel is provided locally using a record then we can say the record is processed.


We do need to tighten up our language, e.g. I found this in the definition of channel in pvAccess:


"This is for clients that want to introspect a PVRecord via channel access."


which is wrong on two fronts.





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