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B.8.1 Usage

The usage of pixsample is

   stilts <stilts-flags> pixsample in=<table> ifmt=<in-format> icmd=<cmds>
                                   pixdata=<pix-table> pfmt=<in-format>
                                   pcmd=<cmds> ocmd=<cmds>
                                   omode=out|meta|stats|count|checksum|cgi|discard|topcat|samp|plastic|tosql|gui
                                   out=<out-table> ofmt=<out-format>
                                   pixorder=nested|ring|(auto) stat=point|mean
                                   lon=<expr> lat=<expr>
                                   insys=icrs|fk5|fk4|galactic|supergalactic|ecliptic
                                   pixsys=icrs|fk5|fk4|galactic|supergalactic|ecliptic
                                   radius=<expr>
If you don't have the stilts script installed, write "java -jar stilts.jar" instead of "stilts" - see Section 3. The available <stilts-flags> are listed in Section 2.1. For programmatic invocation, the Task class for this command is uk.ac.starlink.ttools.task.PixSample.

Parameter values are assigned on the command line as explained in Section 2.3. They are as follows:

icmd = <cmds>       (ProcessingStep[])
Specifies processing to be performed on the input table as specified by parameter in, before any other processing has taken place. The value of this parameter is one or more of the filter commands described in Section 6.1. If more than one is given, they must be separated by semicolon characters (";"). This parameter can be repeated multiple times on the same command line to build up a list of processing steps. The sequence of commands given in this way defines the processing pipeline which is performed on the table.

Commands may alteratively be supplied in an external file, by using the indirection character '@'. Thus a value of "@filename" causes the file filename to be read for a list of filter commands to execute. The commands in the file may be separated by newline characters and/or semicolons, and lines which are blank or which start with a '#' character are ignored.

ifmt = <in-format>       (String)
Specifies the format of the input table as specified by parameter in. The known formats are listed in Section 5.1.1. This flag can be used if you know what format your table is in. If it has the special value (auto) (the default), then an attempt will be made to detect the format of the table automatically. This cannot always be done correctly however, in which case the program will exit with an error explaining which formats were attempted. This parameter is ignored for scheme-specified tables.

[Default: (auto)]

in = <table>       (StarTable)
The location of the input table. This may take one of the following forms: In any case, compressed data in one of the supported compression formats (gzip, Unix compress or bzip2) will be decompressed transparently.
insys = icrs|fk5|fk4|galactic|supergalactic|ecliptic       (SkySystem)
Specifies the sky coordinate system in which sample positions are provided by the lon/lat parameters. If the sample positions are given in the same coordinate system as that given by the pixel data table, both the insys and pixsys parameters may be set null.

The available coordinate systems are:

lat = <expr>       (String)
Expression which evaluates to the latitude coordinate in degrees in the input table at which positions are to be sampled from the pixel data table. This will usually be the name or ID of a column in the input table, or an expression involving one. If this coordinate does not match the coordinate system used by the pixel data table, both coordinate systems must be set using the insys and pixsys parameters.
lon = <expr>       (String)
Expression which evaluates to the longitude coordinate in degrees in the input table at which positions are to be sampled from the pixel data table. This will usually be the name or ID of a column in the input table, or an expression involving one. If this coordinate does not match the coordinate system used by the pixel data table, both coordinate systems must be set using the insys and pixsys parameters.
ocmd = <cmds>       (ProcessingStep[])
Specifies processing to be performed on the output table, after all other processing has taken place. The value of this parameter is one or more of the filter commands described in Section 6.1. If more than one is given, they must be separated by semicolon characters (";"). This parameter can be repeated multiple times on the same command line to build up a list of processing steps. The sequence of commands given in this way defines the processing pipeline which is performed on the table.

Commands may alteratively be supplied in an external file, by using the indirection character '@'. Thus a value of "@filename" causes the file filename to be read for a list of filter commands to execute. The commands in the file may be separated by newline characters and/or semicolons, and lines which are blank or which start with a '#' character are ignored.

ofmt = <out-format>       (String)
Specifies the format in which the output table will be written (one of the ones in Section 5.1.2 - matching is case-insensitive and you can use just the first few letters). If it has the special value "(auto)" (the default), then the output filename will be examined to try to guess what sort of file is required usually by looking at the extension. If it's not obvious from the filename what output format is intended, an error will result.

This parameter must only be given if omode has its default value of "out".

[Default: (auto)]

omode = out|meta|stats|count|checksum|cgi|discard|topcat|samp|plastic|tosql|gui       (ProcessingMode)
The mode in which the result table will be output. The default mode is out, which means that the result will be written as a new table to disk or elsewhere, as determined by the out and ofmt parameters. However, there are other possibilities, which correspond to uses to which a table can be put other than outputting it, such as displaying metadata, calculating statistics, or populating a table in an SQL database. For some values of this parameter, additional parameters (<mode-args>) are required to determine the exact behaviour.

Possible values are

Use the help=omode flag or see Section 6.4 for more information.

[Default: out]

out = <out-table>       (TableConsumer)
The location of the output table. This is usually a filename to write to. If it is equal to the special value "-" (the default) the output table will be written to standard output.

This parameter must only be given if omode has its default value of "out".

[Default: -]

pcmd = <cmds>       (ProcessingStep[])
Specifies processing to be performed on pixel data table as specified by parameter pixdata, before any other processing has taken place. The value of this parameter is one or more of the filter commands described in Section 6.1. If more than one is given, they must be separated by semicolon characters (";"). This parameter can be repeated multiple times on the same command line to build up a list of processing steps. The sequence of commands given in this way defines the processing pipeline which is performed on the table.

Commands may alteratively be supplied in an external file, by using the indirection character '@'. Thus a value of "@filename" causes the file filename to be read for a list of filter commands to execute. The commands in the file may be separated by newline characters and/or semicolons, and lines which are blank or which start with a '#' character are ignored.

pfmt = <in-format>       (String)
File format for the HEALPix pixel data table. This is usually, but not necessarily, FITS.

[Default: (auto)]

pixdata = <pix-table>       (StarTable)
The location of the table containing the pixel data. The data must be in the form of a HEALPix table, with one pixel per row in HEALPix order. These files are typically, but not necessarily, FITS tables. A filename or URL may be used, but a local file will be more efficient.

Some HEALPix format FITS tables seem to have rows which contain 1024-element arrays of pixels instead of single pixel values. This (rather perverse?) format is not currently supported here, but if there is demand support could be added.

pixorder = nested|ring|(auto)       (HealpixScheme)
Selects the pixel ordering scheme used by the pixel data file. There are two different ways of ordering pixels in a HEALPix file, "ring" and "nested", and the sampler needs to know which one is in use. If you know which is in use, choose the appropriate value for this parameter; if (auto) is used it will attempt to work it out from headers in the file (the ORDERING header). If no reliable ordering scheme can be determined, the command will fail with an error.

[Default: (auto)]

pixsys = icrs|fk5|fk4|galactic|supergalactic|ecliptic       (SkySystem)
Specifies the sky coordinate system used for the HEALPix data in the pixdata file. If the sample positions are given in the same coordinate system as that given by the pixel data table, both the insys and pixsys parameters may be set null.

The available coordinate systems are:

radius = <expr>       (String)
Determines the radius in degrees over which pixels will be sampled to generate the output statistic in accordance with the value of the stat parameter. This will typically be a constant value, but it may be an algebraic expression based on columns from the input table.

Not used if stat=point.

stat = point|mean       (StatMode)
Determines how the pixel values will be sampled to generate an output value. The options are:

[Default: point]


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