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Before we start

Limitation: Variable names or values cannot contain coma characters. Never. This will brake parsing. But… there are replacements possible, see below.

Before we start…

There is a section on this topic in the ultimate Gantt KPI guide that covers variables, you can check it to have the quick understanding on that.

Okay, now start

Starting 091 beta 1 RybaFish supports “variables” in custom KPIs.

Variables are placeholders that will be replaced by actual values before usage. At the same time, values can be changed from the RybaFish UI. Variables defined in the custom KPI yaml file. Let’s take expensive statements custom KPI definition exp_st.yaml and add variables:

variables: 'y1: 10, y2: 50, threshold: 30, user: %'

All variables listed in a single string in JSON-like format. This particular line defines four variables: y1, y2, threshhold and user.

Variables can be used in the same file for dynamic values substitution. Usage example:


description: 'Expensive Statements > $threshold s'}

When used in the KPI definition variables must be prefixed with $ character. Considering the definition above, actual usage will be translated to:


description: 'Expensive Statements > 30 s'}

RybaFish Runtime

During the usage of RybaFish you can change variables in the KPI Table last column. Initial values are loaded from the KPI definition file.

There is also a dialog that combines variables for all the custom KPIs: menu -> Variables, or Alt+V.

On exit values will be stored in the layout.yaml file, so the next time you start RybaFish you continue with the same values.

When a variable deleted from this definition - the default value from the KPI definition will be used.

When the whole Variables cell deleted - the default definition will be loaded from the KPI definition file. Explicit ‘Reset to defaults’ option is available in Alt+V dialog.


Okay, but what if we want to define a list of values for a specific variable? For example, we only want to get expensive statements for a pre-defined list of users. Something which will result in statement like select ... where db_user in ('SASCHA','LUCIA'). Naturally, we will try to do the following:

variables: 'y1: 10, y2: 50, threshold: 30, userlist: 'SASCHA','LUCIA''

But this is not going to work for two reasons. First - comas are allowed only to separate variables. Second - quotes are requred to generate correct SQL but this will brake the parsing of yaml file.

To overcome this limitation there is an option to replace characters in variables:

variablesReplace: [";", "','"]

This means every ; character inside the variable will be replaced by the ',' sequence. We also need to adjust variables definition:

variables: 'y1: 10, y2: 50, threshold: 30, userlist: SASCHA;LUCIA'
variablesReplace: [";", "','"]

And in the sql statement definition now we can use this (note quotes around the variable, this is requred to compensate missing ones in the variable):

sql> ...
    where ...
       and db_user in ('$userlist')

which will be translated to:

sql> ...
    where ...
       and db_user in ('SASCHA','LUCIA')


If something unusual or not clear happens to variables usage you can:

One more way to reset things to defaults is just delete variables definition in KPIs table, set it to empty string. This should reset variables do the defaults defined in custom KPI yaml file.

And anothe one:

By doing so you reload default values from the custom KPI file definition so hopefuly you get the expected values.