Server mapping enables the RPC server to correctly support special Natural syntax such as
special Natural Mapping Editor operations, etc.
If one of these elements is used the IDL Extractor for Natural automatically extracts a server mapping file in addition
to the IDL file (interface definition language).
Also the Natural Wrapper may generate a server mapping file for RPC server generation.
The server mapping file is used at runtime to marshal and unmarshal the RPC data stream.
Client-side mapping files (EntireX Workbench files with extension .cvm) are used for Natural only. This document covers the following topics:
The server mapping file for Natural in the EntireX Workbench is of type client-side. There are no server-side mapping files as with COBOL.
The following rules apply to a server mapping file for Natural:
The mapping file is of type client-side. There are no server-side mapping files as with COBOL.
Mapping files have the extension .cvm.
The mapping file has to relate to an appropriate IDL file. Always keep the IDL file and the mapping file together in the same folder.
If an IDL file has a corresponding mapping file, at least one of the IDL programs in the IDL file requires server-mapping information to correctly call the target server. For those IDL programs, there is a server mapping (corresponding to a line) in the server mapping file.
If there is an IDL file but no corresponding mapping file, there is no IDL program that requires server mapping information.
|Natural Syntax||Natural Mapping Editor||Server Mapping Reqired||More Information|
|all||Rename of program||yes||Renaming a Program|
|all||Multiple interfaces||yes||Extracting Multiple Interfaces|
|all||Set constant||yes||Setting Natural Parameters to Constants|
|all||Suppress||yes||Suppressing Natural Parameters|
|Natural Wrapper||Server Mapping Required||More Information|
|IDL program name is not a valid Natural name and is therefore adapted, or the Natural program name is customized||yes||Step 2: Customize Natural Server Names under Using the Natural Wrapper for the Server Side within NaturalONE|
Because server mapping files (EntireX Workbench files with extension .cvm) contain text data only, a server mapping file is text-based (although it is not intended for human consumption). Therefore, you can include it in your source control management together with the IDL file and the Natural source(s) as a triplet that should always be kept in sync.
For server mapping files (EntireX Workbench files with extension .cvm), you can use a third party file/text compare tool to check if two files are identical.
A server mapping entry (corresponding to a line in a server mapping file) contains a creation timestamp at offset 276 (decimal) in the format YYYYMMDDHHIISST. The precision is 1/10 of a second.