Note on Localization
Purpose and History:
The "scan" localization switch creates most of the radar-specific data files needed to run the SCAN and FFMP applications on AWIPS. It was created for AWIPS Build 5.1.2, in an effort to consolidate old SCAN/FFMP localization functions into a central location, and to have an appropriate place in which to add new functionality. Much of the functionality present in this switch was formerly placed in the "auxFiles" switch, for lack of a better location. The "auxFiles" switch, however, performs other tasks unrelated to SCAN/FFMP. This would often cause unintended side effects when a site wanted to update their SCAN/FFMP localizations. There is no longer any SCAN/FFMP presence in "auxFiles".
Switch Changes from 5.1.1 to 5.1.2:
In AWIPS Build 5.1.1, SCAN and FFMP localization tasks were present in three switches: "tables", "radar", and "auxFiles". As of 5.1.2, the tasks have been consolidated into two switches, "radar" and "scan".
From mainScript.csh, the createSCANFiles.csh script is called. This script performs the following steps for every dedicated radar:
The newerUtils.csh script is used throughout these steps to compare the ages of the shapefiles and the output files. It is hoped that the user will be able to update one portion of the localization, if need be, without being forced to run everything.
The createSCANFiles.csh script uses the radarsInUse.txt file, which is created during "radar" localization. The "scan" switch should thus be run after the "radar" switch. (As in previous builds, the radar localization also generates radar-specific data keys and menu selections for SCAN/FFMP) If a new shapefile is added to /data/fxa/nationalData/ then "radar" and "scan" should be run. If an output file is accidentally deleted, then only "scan" would be necessary.
The "scan" switch is present in the "AS" list and the "WS" list. The SCANprocessor and FFMPprocessor run on AS1, and we have output displays for the workstations. Since many of our localization output files are under the non-mounted /awips/fxa/ directories, we need those files to have individual copies of those files on the AS1 and the workstations. The "scan" switch is also in the "install" list, to allow us to take advantage of the time-saving "push" mechanism that copies localization output files from the DS to the other machines.
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Last Modified: 25 Jan 2002, QL.