Re: [cf-pointobsconvention] Draft 2 comments

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Hi Joe

Actually it was clear, I didn't spend long enough reading it :-(

but that still doesn't mean I like the overhead of all those ncopen steps ... or of having to duplicate the ancillary information in the headers ... (where my use case is to extract something from every station, and/or have a dataset of multiple stations with common metadata beyond the station location ... I accept that your solution works fine if you want to extract one station :-)


On Tuesday 25 September 2007 00:54:04 Joe Sirott wrote:
Hi Bryan,

> (not that I'm following this closely, would that I had the time ...)
> 1) I don't want to unzip a million files, and then do a million file open
> and closes to find the location of a million stations and plot them on a
> map ... :-(  That's my vote for multiple things in one file ...

My point in my previous e-mail (which I guess wasn't very clear) is that
you don't have to unzip the zip or jar file to get at the data. You open
one file using the zip API and then you have access to all of the netCDF
files in the archive. If you're familiar with Java, it works just like a
Java jar file -- the jar file contains many individual Java class files
which are contained in the single jar file. You don't have to unzip the
jar file to get at the individual class files.

Cheers, Joe

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