I have a clips session running as a UNIX daemon and communication with a cgi script using sockets.
I can send questions from clips rules to the socket and read them from my cgi script.
I can send answers from the cgi script (single characters from pushed buttons) to clips.
Part of the CLIPs file is here:
(defrule get-cell-type ""
(python-call to_user "Is the sample Mammalian cells (M) or Plant (P) cells ?")
(bind ?cell-type (python-call from_user))
(assert (cell-type (upcase ?cell-type)))
CLIPS asks a question and it's sent to the cgi (buttons are created by the cgi from the M & P).
The user clips the M or P button and (python-call from_user) gets the answer.
1. What I need to do is get the list of facts (and rules) from clips to the cgi script.
I have tried (python-call to_user (facts)) but (facts) does not return a string that to_user() can use. Clips just seems to exit. [Note: I can't use clips.Facts() from the cgi as the cgi only talks through sockets as the clips session is persistent and the cgi script is not. ]
2. I also have a stack fact (stack A B C) and can't seem to get
(python-call to_user $stack) to work either.
Relevant parts of the python script which becomes the daemon is shown below.
# This sends data from CLIPS to a socket.
data_length = connection.send(data)
# This reads a character from a socket into CLIPS.
connection,addr = s.accept()
answer = connection.recv(2028)
some more code...
probably I'll be repeating some of the things we've been discussing about by e-mail. However, after having dealt with this issue (and other ones) I ended up with RFE 1868029 (http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=1868029&group_id=114052&atid=667041 which is now closed). My work on this request resulted in release 1.0.6 which, among other things, behaves in a way that should help you solve this particular case: actually, while you can't pass "(facts)" to a "python-call" function - just because "(facts)" does not return a result, but only prints the list of facts on PyCLIPS clips.StdoutStream (that is, "stdout" in CLIPS) as a "side effect" - with PyCLIPS 1.0.6 you can use the fact functions (like "do-for-all-facts") in CLIPS to build a list of facts as a multifield (like your fact stack, I think) and pass it back to Python either as a result of something like Eval() or via "python-call".
Please, if you have time to test it, I'd appreciate any feedback.
By the way, I just discovered that it's 2012 now! Happy New (future) Year!
Thanks for this work. I have just downloaded svn 295 and will have a play with it. I browsed over the svn diffs at sourceforge and its looks pretty complicated. I hope others will also get benefit from these enhancements.
I have been off on annual leave for a month and about to go to the Linux Conf 2009 in Melbourne for all next week so it will be some time before I can get back about this. Again thanks.