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Re: [thredds] Using the NC4 String type for a variable containing a "cf_role" attribute



strictly speaking yes, but if thats not of paramount concern, the community needs to try out new technology and standard ways of doing things; that is, we have to lead CF, not the other way around.

On 12/16/2013 8:53 AM, Signell, Richard wrote:
John,

Even though you will modify NJ to handle this, you are saying: If producers want to deliver CF-compliant data, they should be not be writing string variables.   

Right?

Thanks,
Rich


On Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM, John Caron <address@hidden> wrote:
On 12/12/2013 1:27 PM, Kyle Wilcox wrote:
I have two files where the only difference is the variable type of the "feature_type_instance" variable.

When using a Char array, it works just fine.
When using a String, NCJ fails to find a StructureRecord:

java.lang.IllegalStateException: Cant find Structure record
    at ucar.nc2.ft.point.standard.Table$TableStructure.<init>(Table.java:253)
    at ucar.nc2.ft.point.standard.Table.factory(Table.java:110)
    at ucar.nc2.ft.point.standard.NestedTable.<init>(NestedTable.java:98)
    at ucar.nc2.ft.point.standard.TableAnalyzer.analyze(TableAnalyzer.java:406)
    at ucar.nc2.ft.point.standard.TableAnalyzer.factory(TableAnalyzer.java:294)
    at ucar.nc2.ft.point.standard.PointDatasetStandardFactory.isMine(PointDatasetStandardFactory.java:114)
    at ucar.nc2.ft.FeatureDatasetFactoryManager.wrap(FeatureDatasetFactoryManager.java:272)
    at ucar.nc2.ft.FeatureDatasetFactoryManager.open(FeatureDatasetFactoryManager.java:243)


You can try loading each file into the FeatureTypes/PointFeature tab to see the stacktrace from the String file (I've attached them).

Based on CF docs (http://cf-pcmdi.llnl.gov/documents/cf-conventions/1.6/cf-conventions.html#coordinates-metadata) it states:
"The variable carrying the cf_role attribute may have any data type."


Is this a bug in NCJ?

Thanks,
Kyle


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Hi Kyle:

CF only deals with classic netcdf data model, which doesnt have Strings. However, the CDM deals with the extended model wherever possible, so yes, i think this is a bug and we'll get it fixed.

John

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