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[THREDDS #MHO-737897]: Quickie: How to specify an NcML file in a THREDDS catalog

> > The trick is that the NcML is logically independent of the TDS Catalog, if 
> > you put it in its own file you can point ToolsUI or IDV at it.
> What I already have are a bunch of  standalone NcML files that I can
> load into ToolsUI or IDV (or Matlab).
> So I can't point to these existing NcML files from the catalog, but
> have to merge the NcML contained within the files back into the
> catalog?
> -Rich

correct, you must embed into the catalog, otherwise the TDS thinks you want to 
serve an XML file. 

Now  you have a virtual dataset, which you can annotate in the catalog with 
"dataFormat" or anything else. You do need a service type, which tells the TDS 
how you want to serve it (HTTPServer, Opendap, etc).

I realize it would be convenient to be able to leave the ncl as a seperate 
file. I will see if we can add that feature in the future.

Ticket Details
Ticket ID: MHO-737897
Department: Support THREDDS
Priority: Normal
Status: Open

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