Dump database objects to XML files.


scxmldump reads various parameters from a SeisComP database:

  • Availability,

  • Config (bindings parameters),

  • Event parameters,

  • Inventory,

  • Journal,

  • Routing.

The parameters are sent to stdout or written into an XML (SCML) file.

Event parameters

To get event or origin information from the database without using SQL is an important task for the user. scxmldump queries the database and transforms that information into XML. The event parameters can be treated further by scbulletin for generating bulletins or conversion into KML.

Many processing modules, e.g., scevent support the on-demand processing of dumped event parameters by the command-line option --ep. Importing event parameters into another database is possible with scdb and sending to a SeisComP messaging is provided by scdispatch.


Events and origins are referred to by their public IDs. These can be provided by scevtls and scorgls, respectively, from graphical tools like scolv or by database queries supported by scquery.

Format conversion

Conversion of SCML into other formats is supported by sccnv. An XSD schema of the XML output can be found under $SEISCOMP_ROOT/share/xml/.


Dump inventory

scxmldump -fI -o inventory.xml -d mysql://sysop:sysop@localhost/seiscomp

Dump config (bindings parameters)

scxmldump -fC -o config.xml -d mysql://sysop:sysop@localhost/seiscomp

Dump full event data incl. the relevant journal entries

scxmldump -fPAMFJ -E test2012abcd -o test2012abcd.xml \
          -d mysql://sysop:sysop@localhost/seiscomp

Dump summary event data

scxmldump -fap -E test2012abcd -o test2012abcd.xml \
          -d mysql://sysop:sysop@localhost/seiscomp

Create bulletin from an event

scxmldump -fPAMF -E test2012abcd
          -d mysql://sysop:sysop@localhost/seiscomp | \

Copy event parameters to another database

scxmldump -fPAMF -E test2012abcd \
          -d mysql://sysop:sysop@localhost/seiscomp | \
scdb -i - -d mysql://sysop:sysop@archive-db/seiscomp

Export the entire journal:

scxmldump -fJ -o journal.xml \
          -d mysql://sysop:sysop@localhost/seiscomp

Module Configuration


scxmldump inherits global options.

Command-Line Options

scxmldump [options]


-h, --help

Show help message.

-V, --version

Show version information.

--config-file arg

Use alternative configuration file. When this option is used the loading of all stages is disabled. Only the given configuration file is parsed and used. To use another name for the configuration create a symbolic link of the application or copy it. Example: scautopick -> scautopick2.

--plugins arg

Load given plugins.

-D, --daemon

Run as daemon. This means the application will fork itself and doesn’t need to be started with &.

--auto-shutdown arg

Enable/disable self-shutdown because a master module shutdown. This only works when messaging is enabled and the master module sends a shutdown message (enabled with --start-stop-msg for the master module).

--shutdown-master-module arg

Set the name of the master-module used for auto-shutdown. This is the application name of the module actually started. If symlinks are used, then it is the name of the symlinked application.

--shutdown-master-username arg

Set the name of the master-username of the messaging used for auto-shutdown. If "shutdown-master-module" is given as well, this parameter is ignored.


--verbosity arg

Verbosity level [0..4]. 0:quiet, 1:error, 2:warning, 3:info, 4:debug.

-v, --v

Increase verbosity level (may be repeated, eg. -vv).

-q, --quiet

Quiet mode: no logging output.

--component arg

Limit the logging to a certain component. This option can be given more than once.

-s, --syslog

Use syslog logging backend. The output usually goes to /var/lib/messages.

-l, --lockfile arg

Path to lock file.

--console arg

Send log output to stdout.


Execute in debug mode. Equivalent to --verbosity=4 --console=1 .

--log-file arg

Use alternative log file.


-u, --user arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.username.

-H, --host arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.server.

-t, --timeout arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.timeout.

-g, --primary-group arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.primaryGroup.

-S, --subscribe-group arg

A group to subscribe to. This option can be given more than once.

--content-type arg

Overrides configuration parameter connection.contentType.

--start-stop-msg arg

Set sending of a start and a stop message.



List all supported database drivers.

-d, --database arg

The database connection string, format: service://user:pwd@host/database. "service" is the name of the database driver which can be queried with "--db-driver-list".

--config-module arg

The config module to use.

--inventory-db arg

Load the inventory from the given database or file, format: [service://]location .

--config-db arg

Load the configuration from the given database or file, format: [service://]location .



Enable server mode which listens to the message server for incoming events and dumps each received add/update.

-I, --inventory

Dump the inventory.


Remove all station groups from inventory.

--stations sta-list

If inventory is exported filter the stations to export where each item is in format net[.{sta|*}].

-C, --config

Dump the configuration database.

-J, --journal

Dump the journal. In combination with -E only corresponding journal entries are included.

-R, --routing

Dump the routing database.

-Y, --availability

Dump data availability information.


Dump individual data segments.

-O, --origin ID

Origin public ID(s) to dump. Multiple origins may be specified as a comma-separated list.

-E, --event ID

Event public ID(s) to dump. Multiple events may be specified as a comma-separated list.

-P, --with-picks

Dump associated picks along with origins.

-A, --with-amplitudes

Dump associated amplitudes along with magnitudes.

-M, --with-magnitudes

Dump station magnitudes.

-F, --with-focal-mechanism

Dump focal mechanisms of events.

-a, --ignore-arrivals

Do not dump arrivals part of origins.


Do not export (network) magnitudes of origins. This option is most useful in combination with -O to only export the location information.

-p, --preferred-only

When exporting events only the preferred origin, the preferred magnitude and the preferred focal mechanism will be dumped.

-m, --all-magnitudes

If only the preferred origin is exported, all magnitudes for this origin will be dumped.


-f, --formatted

Use formatted XML output. Otherwise all XML is printed on one line.

-o, --output

The output file. Default is stdout.


Prepend a line with the length of the XML data.