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[IDV #HAU-717700]: IDV v4.1 and RAMADDA: Loading new data with same file name as old data plots the old data

> Yuan, Julian, etc.,
> I'm using IDV v4.1 on an iMac running Mac OS X v.10.8.5.
> I'm loading and plotting geographic data, including topographic elevations, 
> for a domain generated locally by the WRF Preprocessing System (WPS). I'm 
> loading the data via one of our local RAMADDA servers 
> (http://virga.sfsu.edu:8080/repository/thredds).  The file is a NetCDF file 
> (geo_em.CenCal_BayArea.nc<http://virga.sfsu.edu/data/wrf/geo_em.CenCal_BayArea.nc>).
>  I can load and plot this just fine (a bundle is attached: 
> Dempsey_SFBayAreaTopography_RAMADDA.xidv.)
> However, a problem arises when I create a new geographic data set with the 
> same size and containing the same types of fields but shifted in location, 
> and overwrite the previous NetCDF file with the new data, keeping the same 
> file name. To plot this geographically shifted data set in the IDV after 
> plotting the original one, I first remove the original displays and loaded 
> data by selecting Edit > Remove All Displays and Data. Then I access and load 
> the new file (which has the same name as the old, overwritten file), and plot 
> the result using exactly the same plotting specifications as the original one.
> Unfortunately, the plot that I get is identical to the original one. This is 
> true even though the contents of the files are not the same (I checked to 
> make sure)--the location metadata in each of the two files are exactly what I 
> want them to be (not the same). Hence, the IDV still appears to be plotting 
> the original data, not the new data, even though I've presumably removed the 
> original data and loaded the new data.
> I get the same results if I first remove the original data source by 
> <Command>-clicking on the data source in the Dashboard > Field Selector > 
> Data Sources, and selecting "Remove Data Source". Ditto if I remove the data 
> from the IDV by either means, then quit the IDV, restart, and try again. 
> Ditto if I refresh the listing of files offered by RAMADDA after overwriting 
> the original file but before selecting and loading the new version. Ditto if 
> I don't remove the display of the original plot, or don't remove either the 
> display or the data source before loading the replacement data and plotting 
> it.
> On the other hand, if I give the new file a different name from the original 
> one, load it, and plot it, I get a plot of the shifted domain, just as I 
> expect.
> On the third hand, if I access and load the new data using HTTP or as a local 
> file instead of via RAMADDA, I get a plot of the shifted domain, as desired.
> On the fourth hand, if I put the two different data sets in files with the 
> same name but in two different directories (e.g., SFSU Weather Data > wrf and 
> in SFSU Weather Data > wrf > temp_demo), and plot the second one after 
> removing the data and displays created from plotting the first one, then the 
> second plot is successful.
> And finally, if I access the original file via HTTP or as a local file, then 
> remove the data and display from the IDV, then overwrite the original data 
> with the new data (keeping the file name the same), and finally access and 
> load the new file via RAMADDA, the new plot is correct.
> To summarize: Using RAMADDA, there is a problem when loading and plotting two 
> different sets of data in succession stored files that have the same file 
> name and reside in the same directory. The second plot is identical to the 
> first plot, even when the data and display from the first plot are removed 
> before loading the replacement data.
> A final note: when I refresh the listing of the directory containing the data 
> in RAMADDA (SFSU Weather Data > wrf), RAMADDA jumps back to a parent 
> directory (containing SFSU Weather Data) two levels higher up, though when I 
> navigate back down to the directory I want (wrf), the listing is indeed 
> refreshed. This is annoying behavior, though!
> -- Dave
> P.S. Yuan, you're probably fully engaged responding the significant feedback 
> being provided about the new image plotting enhancements, to this probably 
> feels like a distraction!  (I wonder if Jeff McWhirter is ultimately going to 
> have to deal with it, if it turns out to be primarily a RAMADDA problem.)

     I am going to close this ticket since Jeff provided a fixed in this 
morning's email. We can reopen this ticket if his new release doesn't fix your 

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Ticket Details
Ticket ID: HAU-717700
Department: Support IDV
Priority: Normal
Status: Closed

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