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Re: [ferret_users] Check file exist before saving it

Hi all
Thanks for the replies.  This sounds like a good topic for an FAQ.  There's one more way that occurs to me, the TEST_OPENDAP function.  It returns the flag that's sent back from the netCDF library on a request to open the dataset.

If the flag is zero, the file exists and can be correctly opened.
yes? list test_opendap("z_wide_variation.nc")
             VARIABLE : TEST_OPENDAP("z_wide_variation.nc")
             X        : 1

If the file exists but is not a valid netCDF file or opendap url, you get various other codes depending on the error (invalid remote  url, not-a-nc file, etc.)

yes? list test_opendap("ferret.jnl")
             VARIABLE : TEST_OPENDAP("ferret.jnl")
             X        : 1

If the file does not exist, you 'll get -2.
yes? list test_opendap("this_file_doesnt_exist.nc")
             VARIABLE : TEST_OPENDAP("this_file_doesnt_exist.nc")
             X        : 1

So you could test for the result of the function being zero.


On 10/25/2011 2:19 AM, Ryo Furue wrote:
Hi Dan,

| I would like to check file existence before saving it.
You can use shell commands for that:

  let ret = {spawn:"[ -e CTL.nc ]; echo $?"}
  if `ret[i=1] eq "0"` then
    ! . . . file exists . . .
    ! . . . file does not exist . . .

The shell command "[ -e file ]" returns 0 if the file exists
or a different value if it does not.

The command "echo $?" just prints the return value of the
preceding command to the standard output.

The SPAWN _expression_ of Ferret catches the standard output of the
shell command(s).

There may be a Ferret-proper way.


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