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Re: 20021216: Is utopen open?


> To: <address@hidden>
> From: "Tony Simmers" <address@hidden>
> Subject: Is utopen open?
> Organization: MetService

The above message contained the following:

> Is there a way to tell if the udunits library has already been initialised?

Not really.  It would be pretty simple, however, to add a utisopen()
function to the API.  Just add the following

     *  Indicate if the units(3) package has been initialized.
     *  This function returns:
     *      0               if the units(3) package has not been initialized.
     *     !0               if the units(3) package has been initialized.
        return initialized;

     * FORTRAN interface to the above function.

to the file "lib/utlib.c" -- say, after the utOpen() function. Then,
rebuild and reinstall the package. From a Fortran-77 program, you would
then write

    if (utisopen()) begin

or something similar (my Fortran's pretty rusty).

> In a unit converting subroutine I would like to be able to check whether the
> unit definitions etc have been opened, and if not, open them.  At the moment
> a message like
> udunits(3): Already initialized from file ..." is printed out, since the
> utopen routine returns a zero status even though it is concerned enough to
> print a message.
> Alternatively, how much overhead is involved in opening then closing udunits
> many times?

The database would have to be parsed every time.  I'd add the utisopen()
function, instead.

Steve Emmerson   <http://www.unidata.ucar.edu>