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A contest.yaml file contains information used to specify a contest configuration to PC2. Contest.yaml files are written in YAML and can be loaded into PC2 either by using the --load option (when starting a PC2 Server) or by selecting the Import contest.yaml button on the Import CCS Tab of the PC2 Admin Configure Contest screen.

A contest.yaml file consists of lines containing either colon-separated key:value pairs, or a list of items (called "mappings") starting with a dash. Whitespace (but not allowing tab characters) are used to indicate nested structure.

Contents of contest.yaml

For the current CLICS CCS specification for a contest.yaml file see CLICS contest.yaml

contest.yaml keys
Key Description
name Name of contest
short-name Short name of contest
start-time Date and time in ISO 8601 format (wall-clock time that the contest starts)
duration Duration as h:mm:ss (length of contest, in contest time)
scoreboard-freeze-length Time before end of contest when scoreboard will be frozen form HH:MM:SS


# Contest Configuration, version 1.0 
# PC^2 Version: Version 9.3 20110918 (Sunday, September 18th 2011 23:51 UTC) Java ver 1.6.0_20 build 2345 Windows XP 5.1 (x86) 
# Created: 2011-09-18 18:05:40 PDT

name: Sample Contest
short-name: SampCon
elapsed: 0:00:00
remaining: 5:00:00
running: false
# Freeze at 1 hour before the end of the contest
scoreboard-freeze-length: 1:00:00

PC² specific keys and values

The article CCS Enhancements describes these entries in more detail.

Use system.pc2.yaml for custom pc2 settings.

Creating contest.yaml

A contest.yaml, problem.yaml and data files can be saved using either:

  1. the Export Contest YAML feature
  2. or use the Export Contest XML Report

Loading contest.yaml

Use the Admin Import CCS tab, Import contest.yaml button.

See Also