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[ldmMcidas #VEE-355289]: ldm-mcidas decoding on new Linux machine

Hi Pat,

Since the topic has changed, I have opened a new ticket...

> Now the issue is getting satellite area files to write to the appropriate 
> spot. I have downloaded
> the binaries for ldm-mcidas and copied them to the ~ldm/decoders directory. 
> Pretty much folowed
> what is on

> http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/mcidas/mcidd/ldm-mcidas-build.html

Very good.  First thing to make sure of is that the ~ldm/decoders directory is 
included in the
PATH for your 'ldm' user.  If it is not and you add it, you must restart the 
LDM to make
the change active.

> I have copied the SAT* files to /etc and altered the pqact.conf with the -a 
> and -b options.

Hopefully you mean you copied the SAT* files to the ~ldm/etc directory, not to 

> Still, ldm-mcidas.log yields:

> Jul 13 21:41:24 pnga2area[674]: output file pathname: 
> /data/ldm/gempak/images/sat/GOES-12/4km/VIS/VIS_20060713_2115
> Jul 13 21:41:24 pnga2area[674]: Can't open file 
> /data/ldm/gempak/images/sat/GOES-12/4km/VIS/VIS_20060713_2115
> Jul 13 21:41:24 pnga2area[675]: Starting Up
> Jul 13 21:41:24 pnga2area[675]: output file pathname: 
> /data/ldm/gempak/images/sat/GOES-12/4km/13.3/13.3_20060713_2115
> Jul 13 21:41:24 pnga2area[675]: Can't open file 
> /data/ldm/gempak/images/sat/GOES-12/4km/13.3/13.3_20060713_2115
> Jul 13 21:41:34 pnga2area[678]: Starting Up
> Jul 13 21:41:34 pnga2area[678]: output file pathname: 
> /data/ldm/gempak/images/sat/SOUNDER/1km/CAPE/CAPE_20060713_1900
> Jul 13 21:41:34 pnga2area[678]: Can't open file 
> /data/ldm/gempak/images/sat/SOUNDER/1km/CAPE/CAPE_20060713_1900

This looks like a write error.  Please check to insure that the user running 
your LDM has write permission
for the directories that are to be written.   Also, I would assume that your 
directory naming convention
is something like:

~ldm/data  <-> /data/ldm
~ldm/logs  <-> ~ldm/data/logs

If thi is the case, you need to make sure that the user running the LDM has 
write permission in
/data/ldm, /data/ldm/gempak, etc.

> Do I need to have a version of McIDAS installed for this all to work out?

No.  The ldm-mcidas decoders (better named the uniwisc-decoders) do not need
McIDAS to be installed.

> Otherwise, any ideas on what is amiss?

I suspect write permissions.

> Thanks.

No worries.


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