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Ingesting external data via Nbspinsert

nbspinsert is a comand-line utility (tcl script) that can be used to insert an external data file in the Nbsp data stream, so that Nbsp will pass it to the filters and server as if it had been received from the noaaport receiver. This file outlines the instructions.


1) Enable ingest from the fifo

In the file


put one of the lines below

set feedmode 4;    # fifo alone (4)
set feedmode 5;    # fifo and noaaport (4 + 1)
set feedmode 6;    # fifo and network slave (4 + 2)

2) Make the user that will execute the nbspinsert script a member of the group noaaport (so that he can write to the nbspd input fifo)

3) Be sure that the group of the directory


is the group noaaport, and make it writable by that group:

cd /var/noaaport/nbsp
chmod 775 spool

nbspinsert can be used in thee ways:

nbspinsert -i [-f nbspinfifo] finfo < file
nbspinsert [-f nbspinfifo] finfo
nbspinsert [-f nbspinfifo] < file_with_finfolist

If [-f] is not given to specify the location of the nbspd.infifo file, then the nbsp configuration files are read. So unless the location of the fifo has changed from the default, that option does not have to be used. The finfo stands for file info and it consists of the following seven parts:

seq type cat code npchidx fname fpath

The first five are numbers and for most practical purposes can be set to just zero. The other two (fname and fpath) are related to the file name with the conventions used by Nbsp. Specifically, fpath is the full path and fname is the rootnaname of the tail (the file name without the extension). To give an example, consider the following file saved in the spool directory by Nbsp. The fpath is


and the fname is


Notice that the fname has three parts


The files that will be inserted must adhere to this naming convention. Thus, for example, using the first form of invoking nbspinsert above, would be

nbspinsert 0 0 0 0 0 \
	   tjsj_sdus32-nvwjua \
	   < your_data_file

where your_data_file is the (full) path of the file that contains the actual data that wil be inserted.

In that first form of invoking nbspinsert, it will save the data in the specified fpath, and then process the file. In the second form, it assumes that the data has already been saved in the given fpath. The third form is like the second one, but it takes a list of finfo on stdin (like a filter does). In all cases, the fpath should be a spool file path, that is, a path to a file in the spool directory with the usual convention used by Nbsp.

Maintenance - Spool cleanup

Since the files inserted by this means are saved in the spool directory by the caller of this script, or by this script itself, they do pass through the Nbsp reader and therefore they are not inserted in the spooldb that handles the deletion of the spooled files. Therefore the files that are inserted by this script must be deleted from the spool by the caller of this script, or by the cleanup scheduler. The latter is set automaticaly by the default hourly-cleanup.conf, but the files written by this script must be writable by the nbsp user (noaaport:noaaport) so that they can be deleted by the default cleanup process. One way to achieve this is to set the umask to 002 before the nbspinsert script is called, and set the group under which nbspinsert is executed as one of the auxiliary groups of nbspd. (See craftinsert.README for an example of specific instructions with ldm and craftinsert.)

projects/nbsp/howtos/nbspinsert.readme.txt · Last modified: 2014/07/12 22:17 (external edit)