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[python #CBE-169305]: netcdf4 in python


Unfortunately, there is no way to delete variables from a netCDF file, even at 
the C level. For more information, see this netcdf-c mailing list post:


As far as switching between define and data mode, I'm not having any problems:

    from netCDF4 import Dataset
    import numpy as np

    nc = Dataset('test2.nc', 'w')
    var = nc.createVariable('temp', np.float32)
    var[:] = 1.

    nc = Dataset('test2.nc', 'r+')
    var2 = nc.createVariable('nextTemp', np.int16)
    var2[:] = 5

    print(Dataset('test2.nc', 'r'))


<class 'netCDF4._netCDF4.Dataset'>
root group (NETCDF4 data model, file format HDF5):
    variables(dimensions): float32 temp(), int16 nextTemp()

There must be something specific to your code that's going wrong. I'm not sure 
if it'a bug or not. If you're still having problems with the error about 
switching modes, I'd recommend opening an issue at:



> Hi,
> I am using the netcdf4 package in python. I want to read a netcdf file,
> edit some variables, delete some variables, and then overwrite the original
> file with that. I am using the "r+" mode for that. I am running into 2
> problems: First, the webpage indicates that netcdf4 automatically switches
> between define mode and data mode, but when I try to run my code, I get an
> error message: "RuntimeError: NetCDF: Operation not allowed in define
> mode." I also get that error when I try to access the data while I am in
> python debugging mode (ipdb). Is there a way to actively switsch between
> define and data mode?
> Second, I want to delete some of the existing variables:
> for vv in self.nc_.variables.keys():
> if vv not in keep:
> del self.nc_.variables[vv]
> That deletes the variables in the netcdf file (while in ipdb mode), but
> when I look at the resulting netcdf file with ncdump, the renaming worked
> while the deleted variables are back in the file.
> How can I delete variables in netcdf 4?

Ticket Details
Ticket ID: CBE-169305
Department: Support Python
Priority: Low
Status: Closed
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