StreamBase Path Notation

StreamBase's formal path notation is designed to avoid naming conflicts when you run multiple modules in the same StreamBase Server in different containers, and to avoid conflicts when operators are run in separate parallel regions.

You use StreamBase path notation to address individual streams or operators when using the sbadmin and sbc commands, or when configuring container connections in a StreamBase deployment file. For example, the following command requests the XML representation of one particular stream:

sbc describe default.OutputStream1

In addition, StreamBase path notation is used in the output of the StreamBase profiling tools, especially in the Operators View and Queues View of those tools.

StreamBase path notation has the following syntax, with a period separator between each element:


The name of the container hosting the application. Container names are either system, default, or a name you assign when creating a container. The following example addresses two operators with the same name in separate containers:


When containerName is omitted, the container named default is assumed. Every StreamBase application has a default container named default, which contains the application's top-level module unless you explicitly create a non-default container. This means you can often omit the containerName portion of the address. For example, the following commands are equivalent if the server is running a single application container:

sbc enqueue default.InputStream1
sbc enqueue InputStream1

Use the containerName portion of the address when you are addressing a non-default container, or when a name conflict would otherwise occur.


The name of a module that is either referenced explicitly in the application, or referenced implicitly by StreamBase. Implicit references occur when a component runs in separate or multiple parallel regions; in this case, StreamBase automatically creates a module for each running instance. There can be multiple moduleRefName levels in the address syntax.

The following line addresses an operator named SumOrders within a module reference named MWindowModuleRef1:


The next example addresses a group of entities associated with an operator that you have configured, using the Concurrency tab of the operator's Properties view, to run in a parallel region. In each entity, the prefix references the module that StreamBase creates for the operator's parallel region.

MyOperator.InputStream1              (input stream)
MyOperator.out:MyOperator_1          (output stream)
MyOperator.schema:RetrieveLastOrders (schema)
MyOperator.MyOperator                (operator)

Finally, If you set a component to run in multiple parallel regions, you can address each region separately. The following example addresses two instances for the same operator, each running in its own parallel region.


The name of an individual stream, operator, schema, or queue.

When used in the output of profiling tools, you might also see a parallel region instance number appended to the entityName in the form entityName[:instanceNumber], using zero-based instance numbers. For example: Update_Bids_and_Asks:0, Update_Bids_and_Asks:1, and so on.