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Preferences - CAST General


The CAST General settings are described below:

Job Generation
Log Root Directory Use this option to define a log directory in which to store logs of all interaction with the Analysis or Dashboard Services. Once defined, the following log files are generated (see CAST Management Studio logging for more information):
  • one folder (named with a unique ID) per Application will be generated when you use the CAST Delivery Manager Tool, run an analysis or generate a Snapshot. Its contents include the analysis logs and Delivery Manager Tool specific logs (such as Validation/Selection/Discovery):

  • a log file called "CAST_MainTask_SummaryLog_<date>.txt" will be generated when you interact with the Analysis/Dashboard Service (i.e. run an analysis or generate a Snapshot)
  • a log file called "DssEngine.<date>.log.txt" will be generated when you generate a Snapshot - this logs the snapshot generation process
  • a log file called "RunCSV-<date>.castlog" will be generated when you generate a Snapshot - this logs the update of the CAST System Views

Notes

  • If you choose the Default folders option in the Startup Wizard, then a subfolder of the default location will be used to store log files:
    • DRIVE:\CASTMS\Log
  • If you choose the Custom folders option in the Startup Wizard, this field will remain blank and will revert to the default location (see below).
  • If this field is left blank, the Log Root Directory will default to:
    • %TEMP%\CAST\CAST\<version_number>
    • %TMP%\CAST\CAST\<version_number>
  • Changes made here will not affect the location of the specific CAST Management Studio log (CAST-MSXX.log.txt), which is displayed in the Log view (click for more information). Please also see CAST Management Studio logging for an overview of logging features.
Include Date in Log file name Use this option to date stamp the name of all log files generated by the CAST Management Studio.

CAST recommends activating this option to make it easier to identify the specific log files you need - each action you carry out (analysis, snapshot generation etc.) will generate a new log file.

When the option is left inactivated (default position), all log files function in append mode, so messages are sent to the same log file over multiple CAST Management Studio sessions.

Storage
Large intermediate storage area This option enables you to define a location (i.e. a folder) on your local hard drive that can be designated for use by the CAST Management Studio to store miscellaneous files generated during the analysis process. These files will still exist once the analysis is complete.

Once a location is selected using the browse option, a sub-folder called LISA will automatically be created. Generated files will then be stored in the LISA folder.

Notes

  • If you choose the Default folders option in the Startup Wizard, then a subfolder of the default location will be used to store the LISA files:
    • DRIVE:\CASTMS\LargeStorage\LISA
  • If you choose the Custom folders option in the Startup Wizard, this field will remain blank and will revert to the default location (see below).
  • If this field is left blank, the CAST temporary folder will be used, i.e.:
    • %TEMP%\CAST\CAST\<version_number>
    • %TMP%\CAST\CAST\<version_number>
  • This feature is used more particularly in the J2EE and .NET technologies to store data generated when the User Input Data Flow Security Analysis feature is activated.
  • Note that the location must be capable of receiving a large amount of data (several hundred MB).
  • This folder stores miscellaneous files - it is similar in nature to the Internet Explorer cache.
Large temporary storage area This option enables you to define a location (i.e. a folder) on your local hard drive that can be designated for use by the CAST Management Studio to store temporary files generated during the analysis process. These files will be removed once the analysis is complete.

Once a location is selected using the browse option, a sub-folder called LTSA will automatically be created. Generated files will then be stored in the LTSA folder.

Notes

  • If you choose the Default folders option in the Startup Wizard, then a subfolder of the default location will be used to store the LTSA files:
    • DRIVE:\CASTMS\LargeStorage\LTSA
  • If you choose the Custom folders option in the Startup Wizard, this field will remain blank and will revert to the default location (see below).
  • If this field is left blank, the CAST temporary folder will be used, i.e.:
    • %TEMP%\CAST\CAST\<version_number>\LTSA
    • %TMP%\CAST\CAST\<version_number>\LTSA
  • This folder stores temporary files - it is similar in nature to the Windows %TEMP% folder.
Notes about LISA and LTSA:
  • The CAST Management Studio will automatically manage the contents of both folders, as such no user interaction is necessary.
  • Under normal circumstances, CAST does not recommend manually cleaning or deleting the contents of the LISA and LTSA folders - however, if you find that the sizes of the LISA/LTSA folders are becoming very large and unmanageable, it is possible to delete the contents on the condition that the CAST Management Studio is not open or running. Note however that subsequent analyses of the same source code may have a performance reduction as the data will need to be regenerated from scratch and this can take some time to reconstruct.
User Interface
Audience Choose the target audience type to modify the number of editor tabs that are displayed in the CAST Management Studio:
  • Regular > Minimum number of tabs required to generate a snapshot.
  • Advanced > More tabs displayed
  • Expert > All tabs displayed

The effect of choosing an option can be best seen in the Application editor.


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