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[LDM #LYH-460177]: Problem with pqact.conf syntax

Hi Evan

> I am trying to save HRS IUPT41, IUPT42, and IUPT43 files in the manner
> described here:
> http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/support/help/MailArchives/datastream/msg01521.html
> One of the lines (the others are similar but contain IUPT42 and IUPT43
> as shown in the above link) in my pqact.conf file looks like this:
> HRS     ^IUPT41 KBOU ([0-3][0-9])([0-2][0-9])([0-9][0-9])       FILE
> /home/ldm/data/ldm/bufr/profiler1/PROFILER_(\1:yyyy)(\1:mm)\1_0000.bufr
> But when I attempt to start the LDM, I get the following error message
> (the above line is line 125 in the file):
> address@hidden etc]$ ldmadmin start
> The product-queue is OK.
> Nov 25 07:51:14 pqact[19854] NOTE: Starting Up
> Nov 25 07:51:14 pqact[19854] ERROR: Syntax error at line 125, not enough 
> fields
> Nov 25 07:51:14 pqact[19854] ERROR: Error in configuration-file 
> "/home/ldm/etc/pqact.conf"
> Nov 25 07:51:14 pqact[19854] NOTE: Exiting
> Nov 25 07:51:14 UTC bou.ldm :
> address@hidden etc]$
> Can you help me to resolve this?

A common mistake made in pqact.conf actions is using spaces as whitespace when
tabs are required.  Please reformat your entry to look like the following:

HRS<tab>^IUPT41 KBOU ([0-3][0-9])([0-2][0-9])([0-9][0-9])

NB: <tab> should be replaced by a tab character

The other thing you might consider doing is adding a '-close' flag to the
action.  You would do this if your output file will contain exactly one

HRS<tab>^IUPT41 KBOU ([0-3][0-9])([0-2][0-9])([0-9][0-9])

> Also, could you explain the purpose of
> the (\1:yyyy) and (\1:mm) entries in the RegEx? I haven't been able to
> find a clear answer to this anywhere.

One of the problems with products sent in NOAAPort (and typically originating 
the GTS) is that their Product IDs (the textual string that your regular 
will match against) do not contain the date information (i.e., year or month).  
real-time data, it is likely that the date of the product is the same as the 
UTC time
the product was received.  The (\n:yyyy) and (\n:mm) expressions inform 'pqact' 
that it
should guess the year (yyyy, e.g., 2008) and month (mm, e.g., 11) using the time
specified in the product header (which you identified with the first set of
parentheses).  'pqact' is smart enough to recognize that products received
close to 0 UTC are likely from the previous day).

> Many thanks,

No worries.


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Ticket Details
Ticket ID: LYH-460177
Department: Support LDM
Priority: Normal
Status: Closed

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