(ICIMACS = Instrument Control and Image Acquisition System
protocol: n : (3)a set of conventions governing the treatment and especially the formatting of data in an electronic communication system
terminated by a carriage return (ASCII 13).
The address_header gives the sender and addressee for each message in the form XX>YY, where XX is a unique two-character abbreviation for the sender, and YY is the unique two-character abbreviation for the addressee. The DOS and UNIX redirection character > is the sender/addressee delimiter.
message is the message body. Its format depends on whether it is a command or status message.
The format for a command message body is:
keyword [keyword] [value [value ... value]]
The format for a status message body is:
where message_type identifies the general meaning of the message, and can be of the following types:
The message_text can be either an unstructured text message, or a more formal, easily parsed message of the form keyword=value [keyword=value [keyword=value keyword=value]], or any combination of the two.