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Control

The behavior of ORAC-DR is entirely controlled by the command line options entered at startup. From that point on, the system either takes its reduction recipe instructions from the file headers (this is the default) or uses a hardwired recipe given on the command line itself. The recipe is, in fact, the only allowed parameter on the command line - all the rest are options. Once you start an instance of oracdr up, there is no further control over it; this is a considerable change from the situation with CGS4DR, for example, where the same package remains up once you start it, and changes are made within the package. Corollary: if the pipeline fails to find a required calibration frame, for example, the only logical thing for it to do is exit cleanly, telling you why it did so. There is no control from within the pipeline. Note that once the full ORAC system is available, there will be plenty of pre-checking that your calibration frames will indeed exist and be appropriate. Until that point, the behavior of the system is logical if you understand the underlying philosophy and do not expect to be able to control the pipeline in real time.


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ORAC-DR: Overview and General Introduction
Starlink User Note 230
Frossie Economou, Tim Jenness,
Malcolm Currie, Andy Adamson, Alasdair Allan, Brad Cavanagh
Joint Astronomy Centre, Hilo, Hawaii
June 2004
E-mail:starlink@jiscmail.ac.uk

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