AIPS NRAO AIPS HELP file for OUTNAME in 31DEC18



As of Fri Oct 19 17:36:58 2018



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OUTNAME
Type: Adverb  (String*12)
Use:  Data files are stored in AIPS under logical names which
      have 3 parts: a 12-character "name" field, a 6-character
      "class" field, and a numeric "sequence number" field.
      OUTNAME is used to specify the "name" field for the
      output data file from a verb or task.  This adverb is
      handled by AIPS tasks and verbs under special "wildcard"
      rules.  These rules determine how the default output name
      is combined with the user-specified OUTNAME to create the
      name field actually used.  Except for '*', '?', and
      trailing blanks (when an * is present), all characters
      specified in OUTNAME are copied to the corresponding
      character positions in the final name field.  A '?' in
      OUTNAME causes the corresponding character in the default
      name to be used.  An '*' in OUTNAME causes 0 or more
      characters (as many as possible) from the default name to
      be used beginning at the character position of the *.  The
      number of characters (excluding trailing blanks) which
      follow the * in the user-specified OUTNAME determine how
      many characters may be used.  For the examples, assume
      that the default name is '123456789012'.  Then, OUTNAME
      = '*' results in an actual name of '123456789012'.
      OUTNAME = 'A?B*D' results is 'A2B45678901D' and OUTNAME
      = '?????? ASCAL' results in '123456 ASCAL'.
Null value:  '          '
      Taken as '*' and the "default" value for OUTNAME is the
      actual name field of the first input file (e.g. INNAME
      with everything filled in) unless the Help file for the
      specific task or verb states otherwise.

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