AIPS HELP file for WRTDISK in 31DEC22
As of Sat Mar 25 1:59:53 2023
WRTDISK: procedure to write maps or uv data to disk
type RUN WRTPROCS first!
INDISK 0.0 9.0 UV file disk drive #
NFILES First catalog number
NCOUNT Last catalog number
Logical directory name
FORMAT 0.0 3.0 tape format: 0 => 3.
1 for 16-bit integer
2 for 32-bit integer
3 for 32-bit IEEE
BLOCKING 0.0 10.0 tape blocking factor (<= 10)
Use: WRTDISK writes a FITS file to disk, looping through many
catalog numbers as specified. The disk file will have a
standard name (DISK##C####) which can be read back into
AIPS using READISK. WRTDISK uses FITLD (see HELP FITLD
for details). Remember to load this procedure typing RUN
WRTPROCS before trying to run it (by typing WRTDISK).
INDISK.....The input disk unit #.
NFILES.....The catalog number of the first file to be written
out. 0 => 1
NCOUNT.....The catalog number of the last file to be written
out. 0 => number in NFILES
DATAOUT....The name of a directory in which to put files.
The name is limited to 48-characters and must be
in the form
where is the remote computer name,
is the environment variable (logical
name) for the disk area in which the file.
is usually omitted when the file is local
to the current computer.
FORMAT.....Code to tell what format to be used in writing the
main uv or image data portion of the file as
1 for 16-bit integers - only images
2 for 32-bit integers - only images
3 for 32-bit IEEE floating point - images and
required for uv data
Default: 0 => 3.
If you want to import your FITS data into another
system, make sure that it is able to read the
format that you have selected.
BLOCKING...Code to tell what blocking factor to be used in
writing the whole file
Default: 0 => 10.
Considerations: (a) blocking factor <= 10.
(b) AIPS releases prior to 15APR87 can read
only FORMATs 1 and 2. Do not use blocking
if you may go to an earlier release of AIPS.
This same consideration also applies to
most other FITS readers around the world.
(c) Blocking is ignored when writing to disk
rather than tape.
(d) Larger blocks use fewer I/O operations
making tape reads and writes more efficient.
WRTDISK: Procedure to run FITTP to write files to disk
with a standard file name that can be read back
into AIPS using READISK.
Documenter: Amy Mioduszewski
Related Programs: FITTP, READISK, FITDISK, WRTPROCS
To load the procedure type RUN WRTPROCS. This must be done before
running the procedure (by typing WRTDISK).
WRTDISK will write a file to the directory set in DATAOUT.
This must be a logical variable set before AIPS is started.
The file that is written will have an automatically generated
name which is a standard format which can be used to be read
back into AIPS with READISK. This standard format is
DISKddCcccc, where the dd and the cccc are numbers. The dd
is specified in the INDISK input and the cccc is the AIPS
catalog number of the file. If NFILES and NCOUNT are different
then the catalog numbers NFILES through NCOUNT are looped
If you set:
Then WRTDISK will write files in catalog numbers 98-101 on
disk 1 to directory $FITS with names:
You can then use READISK to read them back into AIPS.