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param (param-2.18) [xmmsas_20211130_0941-20.0.0]

block, table and array

Table parameters and array parameters allow a block (generic name of a table or array) and its associated dataset to be specified by a single parameter, using a colon-separated pair of the form set:table or set:array.

Block parameters are used where the value may be either a table or an array. This is appropriate for tasks which can perform generic operations, such as deleting a block.


    foo.FIT:R1SPE1           # Table R1SPE1 in set foo.FIT
    /data/bar.FIT:FILTER_U   # Array FILTER_U in array bar.FIT

The SAS GUI allows a block, table or array to be selected in a single operation, using a dataset browser. This is simpler than entering separate parameters for the dataset and block-name.

XMM-Newton SOC -- 2021-11-30