Create bulletins from SC3ML.


scbulletin transforms the parameters of an event or an origin either to autoloc1 or to autoloc3 format.

Input Modes

Two modes of parameter input are possible:

  1. Either one can fetch all necessary information from database directly
  2. or one can provide a representation of the origin as XML file, to transform it to a standard format.

The first mode is the dump-mode the second is the input-mode. For dumping either choose eventID or the originID. If the eventID is choosen the preferred origin will be used.

Output Modes

Different output formats are available:

  1. autoloc1 working with -1
  2. autoloc3 working with -3
  3. extended autoloc3 working with -3 -x
  4. enhanced working with -1 -e or -3 -e for high-precision output.

If called with an event or origin ID a database connection is necessary to fetch the corresponding object. Otherwise scbulletin will read the input source (defaults to stdin), grab the first found event or origin and dump it.


  1. Create bulletin from event in database

    scbulletin -d mysql://sysop:sysop@localhost/seiscomp3 -E gfz2012abcd
  2. Convert XML file to bulletin

    scbulletin < gfz2012abcd.xml
    scbulletin -i gfz2012abcd.xml



scbulletin inherits global 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, eg 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

Sets 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

Sets 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

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

-s, --syslog

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

-l, --lockfile arg

Path to lock file.

--console arg

Send log output to stdout.


Debug mode: –verbosity=4 –console=1

--log-file arg

Use alternative log file.



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 configmodule to use.

--inventory-db arg

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


Do not use the database at all


-E, --event arg

ID of event that is read from database and transformed into a bulletin.

-O, --origin arg

ID of origin that is read from database and transformed into a bulletin.

-w, --weight arg

Weight threshold for printed and counted picks.

-1, --autoloc1

Use autoloc1 format for output. This is default.

-3, --autoloc3

Use autoloc3 format for output.

-x, --extra

Use a specially detailed autoloc3 format. This options works only in combination with the autoloc3-flag.

-e, --enhanced

Enhanced output with higher precision. Times: milliseconds, distances: meter. Use for bulletins of local earthquakes.


Convert only the first event/origin to bulletin. Otherwise all events or origins will be converted to single bulletins which will be concatenated.


Use the agency ID of the event instead of the preferred origin.


-f, --format arg

Input format to use (xml [default], zxml (zipped xml), binary).

-i, --input arg

The input file. Default is stdin.