Multiple flat files format
The data that def can read (multiple files)
Structure of the Header file:
- - Comment lines beginning with '#'
- - Top-level (Level 0) parameter names are listed, followed by
- a '>', which is used to direct def to a subfile of data
- - Level 1 parameter names to be found in the subfiles
- - Next are records of values for the Level 0 parameters
- that will apply to the subfile listed at the end of each record.
- - Data columns may be space delimited, comma delimited, or tab delimited.
- - Missing or bad data is indicated by any variation of -9, or by 'nd',
but using 'nd' is preferable.
# Basic Hydrographic Data - Carl Wunsch
# example of a header file
sta, lat, lon, >
6 38.03 -72.99 sta6.dat
7 37.93 -72.69 sta7.dat
8 37.78 -72.43 sta8.dat
9 37.61 -72.20 sta9.dat
10 37.44 -71.96 sta10.dat
...(and so on)...
The structure for each of the
subfiles is the same as the one for the single flat file format.
In this case (multiple files), however, the Level 0 parameters with
repeating values would not be included in the subfile data. In
other words, if you were submitting this sample data, the subfiles
(sta6.dat, sta7.dat, etc.) would not contain the sta, lat,
Note: This format may be extended to 8 levels of data, or 7 levels
of subfiles. Typical use, however, is for 2 levels, or one (1)
level of subfile as illustrated below.