Archived: LabVIEW 2013 Real-Time Module Known Issues

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This document contains the LabVIEW Real-Time Module known issues that were discovered before and since the release of LabVIEW 2013 Real-Time Module. Not every issue known to NI will appear on this list; it is intended to only show the severe and more common issues that can be encountered.

The LabVIEW 2013 Platform Known Issues contains a full listing of known issues, including LabVIEW toolkits and modules.

Document Organization

The Known Issues Document is divided into two separate tables. The section linked below displays the issues by category.

Known Issues by Category

Please refer to Developer Zone Article: LabVIEW Known Issues Categories Defined for a detailed explanation of categories and the types of issues listed in each category.

For those who wish to locate newly reported issues or issues by date, the section linked below displays the issues sorted by date the issue was reported.

Known Issues By Date

Contacting NI

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Known Issues by Category

The following items are known issues in LabVIEW 2013 Real-Time Module sorted by Category.

Building and Distributing LabVIEW Applications
371282 A Real Time Executable with a Packed Project Library set to "Always Included" cannot be remotely debugged
410058 RT deployment window reports free target memory, but deployment fails from an out of memory error
Controls and Indicators
323607 On an RT OS, Numeric Control With "Visible" Property Node Stops Updating
DataSocket
196504 FieldPoint Data Channels Swapped when Reading Data using Datasockets in a For Loop
File I/O
387418 Set Number of Records function erases all datalog contents on VxWorks targets
Functions, VIs, and Express VIs
298990 Clear Errors VI can affect determinism on RT targets
305567 File/Directory Info function reports two extra files when called on for an external hard drive
346430 Certain CompactRIO controllers produce high CPU load while changing date/time
387275 Array of ByteString data type in OPC UA reports generic error
399608 RT FIFO writes produce high level of jitter on Linux-RT targets
429471 Copy primitive fails with a permissions error when copying files to or from /u/ on linux-RT
Hypervisor
176762 Time Triggered Variables do not work on NI Real-Time Hypervisor Systems
Miscellaneous
115784 Timed-Structure CPU Usage not Reported as Time-Critical Priority by RTSM and CPU Measurement VIs on VxWorks
340541 End of line constant behaves differently in interactive mode than as a built executable
Operating System Specific
275880 UDP Broadcast behaves differently on Phar Lap and VxWorks Real-Time Targets
Performance
346430 Certain CompactRIO controllers produce high CPU load while changing date/time
365498 Timed loops on Linux-RT are slow / don't meet timing on first iteration
412606 Using System Configuration VI's locally on Linux RT Target can cause high jitter
399608 RT FIFO writes produce high level of jitter on Linux-RT targets
Remote Target
413077 Cannot reconnect to myRIO if USB is unplugged while an application is running
218506 Connecting to an RT target currently running an executable overwrites ni-rt.ini tokens
435115 Daylight Saving Time Changes on Wrong Date for Europe for Real Time Controllers



ID Known Issue
Building and Distributing LabVIEW Applications
371282

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A Real Time Executable with a Packed Project Library set to "Always Included" cannot be remotely debugged
A Real Time Executable with a Packed Project Library set to "Always Included" cannot be remotely debugged. When connecting to the executable the "failed to connect to remote application" error message will be displayed.

Workaround: Use other standard debugging methods.

Reported Version: 2012    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 02/04/2013
410058

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RT deployment window reports free target memory, but deployment fails from an out of memory error
When deploying some RT applications, the RT application deployment window may report significant amounts of free target memory, but the deployment fails with an out of memory error. Memory reporting in this window is incorrect and the target is indeed out of memory available to LabVIEW.

Workaround: Reduce memory usage on the target by removing unnecessary software, hosting shared variables on a remote machine, etc.

Reported Version: 2013    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 05/27/2013
Controls and Indicators
323607

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On an RT OS, Numeric Control With "Visible" Property Node Stops Updating
If a VI contains a Numeric Indicator and this Indicator has a property node of the type Boolean Visible; once the Indicator is made invisible (i.e. Property node = F), then is made visible once again the value on the indicator no longer updates. Note: the system is still passing through the correct value, it is simply not being updated onto the front panel.

Workaround: Put the numeric indicator on a Tab Control, then make the property of the tab control invisible/visible rather than the numeric indicator itself.

Reported Version: 2011    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 04/11/2012
DataSocket
196504

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FieldPoint Data Channels Swapped when Reading Data using Datasockets in a For Loop
When calling a single Datasocket Read function multiple times in a For Loop the FieldPoint channel data could randomly swap between the channel.

Workaround: 1. Use a sequential read with multiple Datasocket functions. 2. Explicitly open the Datasocket connections and then use a Datasocket Read in the for loop. 3. Use a different API to access the IO point (SV, FieldPoint, etc)

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 03/05/2012
File I/O
387418

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Set Number of Records function erases all datalog contents on VxWorks targets
Using the Datalog - Set Number of Records function on VxWorks targets wipes all logs contained in the file.

Workaround: Use binary file, TDMS or another file format to store cluster data.

Reported Version: 2012    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 02/04/2013
Functions, VIs, and Express VIs
298990

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Clear Errors VI can affect determinism on RT targets
The Clear Errors VI is not reentrant and becomes a shared resource when it's called from multiple loops in an RT application. This can introduce higher levels of jitter in time critical code segments.

Workaround: Create custom "Clear Error" VI.

Reported Version: 7.0    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 10/28/2011
305567

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File/Directory Info function reports two extra files when called on for an external hard drive
Calling the File/Directory Info function and pointing it at a folder on an external hard drive connected to a CompactRIO returns two more files than exist in that folder. For example, if the function points to a empty folder on the CompactRIO hard drive, it will return zero; if it's pointed to an empty folder on an external drive, it will return 2.

Workaround: Subtract 2 from the file count returned from the File/Directory Info function when reporting on a folder on an external hard drive.

Reported Version: 2010    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 10/28/2011
346430

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Certain CompactRIO controllers produce high CPU load while changing date/time
On certain CompactRIO controllers (verified on 9074 and 9076), the CPU usage will hit 100% for several seconds when setting the date and time using the RT Set Date and Time.vi. This will only happen if the current date/time is significantly different from the date/time being set; small changes to the date and time do not affect the CPU usage.

Workaround: Set the date and time during an initialization stage of the application. Wait for the CPU load to return to normal levels before proceeding.

Reported Version: 2011    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 08/06/2012
387275

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Array of ByteString data type in OPC UA reports generic error
Support for the ByteString Array data type has not been added although the option appears in the data type ring control.

Workaround: Don't use ByteString Array data type until support is added.

Reported Version: 2012    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 01/18/2013
399608

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RT FIFO writes produce high level of jitter on Linux-RT targets
On Linux-RT ZYNQ based targets, writes to an RT FIFO can introduce a high level of jitter compared to VxWorks and PharLap targets when the RT FIFO read occurs on a thread running in a different processor core.

Workaround: Prioritize RT FIFO read and write operations so they take place in threads running on the same processor core.

Reported Version: 2013    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 07/22/2013
429471

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Copy primitive fails with a permissions error when copying files to or from /u/ on linux-RT
On targets running the linux-RT operating system, the file copy primitive fails with a permissions error when attempting to copy files to or from an external storage device at /u/

Workaround: Use the system executive VI and copy the file from the command line

Reported Version: 2013    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 11/11/2013
Hypervisor
176762

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Time Triggered Variables do not work on NI Real-Time Hypervisor Systems
You cannot use Time-Triggered Shared Variables on an NI Real-Time Hypervisor system.

Workaround: If you need deterministic Ethernet in an NI Real-Time Hypervisor system, you can use the virtual Ethernet device to communicate between Windows and the RT target or you can use NI EtherCAT to communicate with add-on I/O.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 06/30/2009
Miscellaneous
115784

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Timed-Structure CPU Usage not Reported as Time-Critical Priority by RTSM and CPU Measurement VIs on VxWorks
On VxWorks targets, the Real-Time System Manager (RTSM) and CPU Measurement VIs incorrectly report CPU usage by Timed Structures as normal priority. The NI Real-Time Execution Trace Toolkit correctly reports the priority as Timed-Structure priority.

Workaround: Use the NI Real-Time Execution Trace Toolkit to monitor thread priorities.

Reported Version: 8.6    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 08/02/2011
340541

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End of line constant behaves differently in interactive mode than as a built executable
On a VxWorks target the End of Line (EOL) constant writes a carriage return and a new line in interactive mode but, when built into an RT EXE the EOL constant only writes a new line

Workaround: Add a carriage return constant to the new line for use in a RT Executable

Reported Version: 2011    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 02/04/2013
Operating System Specific
275880

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UDP Broadcast behaves differently on Phar Lap and VxWorks Real-Time Targets
UPD Broadcast may behave differently for Real-Time targets running different operating systems. VxWorks targets cannot read back a message it has broadcast, while this is possible on Phar Lap targets.

Workaround: N/A

Reported Version: 2011    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 10/28/2011
Performance
346430

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Certain CompactRIO controllers produce high CPU load while changing date/time
On certain CompactRIO controllers (verified on 9074 and 9076), the CPU usage will hit 100% for several seconds when setting the date and time using the RT Set Date and Time.vi. This will only happen if the current date/time is significantly different from the date/time being set; small changes to the date and time do not affect the CPU usage.

Workaround: Set the date and time during an initialization stage of the application. Wait for the CPU load to return to normal levels before proceeding.

Reported Version: 2011    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 08/06/2012
365498

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Timed loops on Linux-RT are slow / don't meet timing on first iteration
On Linux-RT the thread in which a timed structure resides must be moved to a particular control group of threads and moving threads between cgroups is inherently non-deterministic. This thread move executes during the first iteration of the timed loop because it's not possible to move a thread that doesn't yet exist (i.e. before the timed loop executes).

Workaround: Run timed structures with warmup iterations and monitor execution time. When execution time meets the desired specification, then run desired code.

Reported Version: 2012    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 02/04/2013
412606

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Using System Configuration VI's locally on Linux RT Target can cause high jitter
Using System Configuration VI's locally on RT Target can cause high jitter in time critical loops on Linux RT Target.

Workaround: Use system configuration VI's remotely or in non-deterministic loops instead of in time critical RT code segments.

Reported Version: 2013    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 06/11/2013
399608

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RT FIFO writes produce high level of jitter on Linux-RT targets
On Linux-RT ZYNQ based targets, writes to an RT FIFO can introduce a high level of jitter compared to VxWorks and PharLap targets when the RT FIFO read occurs on a thread running in a different processor core.

Workaround: Prioritize RT FIFO read and write operations so they take place in threads running on the same processor core.

Reported Version: 2013    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 07/22/2013
Remote Target
413077

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Cannot reconnect to myRIO if USB is unplugged while an application is running
If the USB for the myRIO is unplugged while running a VI with a front panel open it is possible to get the controller into a state where LabVIEW cannot reconnect to the controller and receives an Äccess Denied" error.

Workaround: Reboot the myRIO

Reported Version: 2013    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 08/04/2013
218506

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Connecting to an RT target currently running an executable overwrites ni-rt.ini tokens
When you connect to an RT target that is currently running an RT startup executable, two ini tokens may be forced back to their default values. "RTTarget.LaunchAppAtBoot=True" will be deleted (returning back to default False behvaior) and "RTTarget.ApplicationPath" will be changed back to the default path for that target

Workaround: Redeploy the original executable and set as startup from the LabVIEW project before rebooting the controller

Reported Version: 2009 SP1    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 11/11/2013
435115

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Daylight Saving Time Changes on Wrong Date for Europe for Real Time Controllers
Daylight savings time adjusts on real time controllers on October 27th. This is not the correct date to adjust the time for Europe.

Workaround: N/A

Reported Version: 2013    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 01/15/2014

Document last updated on 1/15/2014

Glossary of Terms

 

  • Bug ID - When an issue is reported to NI, you may be given this ID or find it on ni.com.  You may also find IDs posted by NI on the discussion forums or in KnowledgeBase articles.
  • Legacy ID – An older issue ID that refers to the same issue.  You may instead find this issue ID in older known issues documents.
  • Description - A few sentences which describe the problem. The brief description given does not necessarily describe the problem in full detail.
  • Workaround - Possible ways to work around the problem.
  • Reported Version - The earliest version in which the issue was reported.
  • Resolved Version - Version in which the issue was resolved or was no longer applicable. "N/A" indicates that the issue has not been resolved.
  • Date Added - The date the issue was added to the document (not the reported date).