McIDAS User's Guide
Version 2011.1

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Client and Server Look-up Tables

Each ADDE client command starts a transaction by requesting data from a server. Both the client and server must recognize the command's specified dataset name in their look-up tables. On the client, this table is called the routing table because it determines which server to route the data request to. On the server, this table is called the mapping table because it maps the group and descriptor to a specific image, grid, point, navigation or text dataset.

Client Routing Table

The client routing table contains two lists: a list of group names with their associated server IP addresses, and a list of aliases with the dataset names they represent. When you enter an ADDE command, the client routing table is scanned for an entry with the specified group name or alias. If an entry is found, the data request is routed to the server specified in the entry. If the group name or alias is not found in the client routing table, the request is routed to the local server.

Use the DATALOC command to manage the list of group names. Use the AKA command to manage the list of aliases. Aliases allow you to use a short, easily remembered name to represent a dataset name in other ADDE commands. You can use this alias regardless of which server the dataset is stored on. For example, you could create the alias GV to represent the dataset name SSEC-RT/GOES-VIS-GLO.

Each user can access multiple client routing tables. This optional feature is useful when a site table has the default routing information and alias names for all users and each user has a local table with individualized routing information and alias names. The default file for your local table is MCTABLE.TXT. The site table, if it exists, is maintained by your site administrator or operations staff and is usually write-protected so you can't modify it. You may have to NFS mount its directory to access the file. Use the DATALOC and AKA commands to list information from all the client routing tables accessible to you.

If you decide to use multiple client routing tables, you must set the Unix environment variables MCTABLE_READ and MCTABLE_WRITE. The MCTABLE_READ value specifies, in order of precedence, the client routing tables accessed when searching for a group or alias match. The tables must be separated by semicolons (;) and specified as either file names or fully qualified path names (directory and file name). The MCTABLE_WRITE value specifies the single client routing table you can modify by creating or deleting group or alias entries with the ADD and DEL parameters of the DATALOC and AKA commands.

You cannot specify more than one table in MCTABLE_WRITE. SSEC recommends that the table you specify be the same as the first table in MCTABLE_READ. See the appropriate example below for your system.

McIDAS-X Example

If you want to use $HOME/mcidas/data/MCTABLE.TXT for your local table and /data/ADDESITE.TXT for your site table, enter the following Unix commands (substitute the equivalent if using C shell) to set the environment variables.


If you want these values for MCTABLE_WRITE and MCTABLE_READ set each time you login to your account, add the commands above to your $HOME/.mcenv file and add the following line to your $HOME/.profile (ksh) or $HOME/.cshrc (csh) file. Be sure to leave a space between the period (.) and $HOME.

. $HOME/.mcenv

Server Mapping Table

The server mapping table maps dataset names to the files that make up the datasets. When the server receives a data request from a client, it reads the mapping table to locate the correct dataset. The server sends the requested data back to the client so it can list or display the data.

Use the DSSERVE command to list or modify the server mapping table. Clients can only modify their local server's mapping table; they cannot modify a remote server's mapping table. The remote server's administrator must inform the client's administrator or user which ADDE group names the client may access. The client's administrator then modifies the client routing table with command DATALOC so applications can request data from groups located on the remote server.

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