McIDAS Learning Guide
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GUI - Scheduling McIDAS Commands
With the McIDAS Scheduler commands (SKE, SKL, SKU,
and SKED), you can set up McIDAS to automatically
run commands at certain times of the day and at certain intervals. You can
display images and graphics automatically, or you can list out data to the
text frame, or you can even save images as GIF or JPEG images automatically.
The Scheduler GUI allows you to easily add, delete, and edit scheduled commands.
In this exercise, you will create your own scheduler entries
using the Scheduler GUI.
- Open the Scheduler GUI, and confirm that the scheduler is
If you have any scheduler processes running, you will notice they are listed
in the Main window. If you do not have any scheduler processes running, there
will be a message saying "The Scheduler file, SKEDFILE is empty".
- Select: Configure/Scheduler
The light bulb should be lit (yellow), indicating that the scheduler is ON.
If it's not ON, click the Status button again, until it
is lit. If it asks you to start a scheduler process, click "Yes".
- Click: Status
- Add a scheduler entry that will display the current surface
observations over Seattle, WA for the next two hours, starting at the upcoming
- Click: Add
- Under "McIDAS Command", type: SFCLIST KSEA
- Select: Starting Time / the next
upcoming top of the hour
- Select: Repeat / 2
- Click: Save Entry
This entry runs the SFCLIST command for the next two hours
starting with the upcoming hour.
If you choose to repeat the command "MANY" times, the command
will run at the specified time interval (default of once every hour) for
as long as you keep your scheduler file (SKEDFILE).
- Execute the SFCLIST scheduler entry and dismiss the Scheduler
The SFCLIST command is run and the output is displayed in the text command
window. Executing the scheduler entry does not decrement the counter or change
the scheduled run time.
- Click: the SFCLIST scheduler entry you
- Click: Execute
- When you are finished, close the Scheduler GUI and exit
- Click: Dismiss
- Select: File/Exit McIDAS
- Click: Yes
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