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batchred noao.imred.iids/noao.imred.irs



batchred - Automated processing of IIDS/IRS spectra




This script task has many parameters, but most are used as variables internal to the task and are not user parameters. There are 5 parameters having similar purposes: standard, sensfunc, bswitch, calibrate, and addsets. Each corresponds to the ONEDSPEC task of the same name and BATCHRED will generate the commands necessary to invoke those tasks if the associated parameter is set to yes (the default in all cases).

standard = yes
sensfunc = yes
bswitch = yes
calibrate = yes
addsets = yes
fnu = no
This parameter is identical to the fnu parameter for CALIBRATE.
wave= 0.0
This parameter is identical to the wave1 parameter for BSWITCH.
wave= 0.0
This parameter is identical to the wave2 parameter for BSWITCH.
subset = 32767
This parameter is identical to the subset parameter for BSWITCH.


Through a question and answer session, a series of commands to ONEDSPEC is generated which are then processed as a batch job to reduce "typical" spectra from the IIDS and IRS spectrographs.

By setting the appropriate hidden parameters, the user may "turn off" command generation for any of the possible tasks.

A script task is generated having the name "" which is submitted to the CL as the final command of BATCHRED. All terminal output which would normally appear during the course of running each of the individual tasks is redirected to a log file (default=ttylog).

After the script has been generated, the user may suppress running the processing task. The script file remains on disk so that subsequent cases may be appended, such as when several independent runs of data are to be processed in one stream (e.g. several nights of data, each to be reduced separately).

The questions which are asked are described below:

"Root name for spectra file names:" This is the input root file name for all spectra which will be run through STANDARD and BSWITCH.

"Root name for spectra to be created:" This is the output root file name which all newly created spectra will use. It is also the input file name for tasks CALIBRATE and ADDSETS since these tasks operate on spectra created by BSWITCH.

"Starting record number for spectra to be created:" All created spectra will have a suffix number starting with this value and incremented by one for each new spectrum created.

"File name to contain statistics information:" This file will contain informative output from SENSFUNC and BSWITCH. (default=stats)

"File name to contain a log of terminal output:" All tasks talk back to let you know how things are proceding. The backtalk is saved in this file. (default=ttylog)

"File name for output from STANDARD and input to SENSFUNC:" Just what it says. (default=std)

"Record string to process:" The spectra are assumed to be representable by strings (try "help ranges" for details on the formats allowed). Both STANDARD and BSWITCH expect ranges of spectral record numbers which are appended to the root given in answer to the first question above. This question is asked repeatedly so that you can enter as many strings of spectra as you like and is ended by hitting return without entering a value. There is a short delay after entering each string of records while a check is made to verify that all your spectra actually exist.

"Standard star name:" For each record string STANDARD expects the name of the standard star observed, but it must be given in a manner acceptable to STANDARD. (see STANDARD and LCALIB for more details).

"Use weighted averages:" If answered yes, then SENSFUNC and BSWITCH will use their weighted averaging schemes.

"Apply magnitude fudging:" If answered yes, then SENSFUNC will use its "fudge" option. (see SENSFUNC)

"Solve for grey additive extinction constant:" If answered yes, then SENSFUNC will solve for this value.

"File name for sensitivity image file:" This will be the root name for the output sensitivity spectra from SENSFUNC.

At anytime during the processing phase, you can inquire about the progress by listing the latest contents of the file "ttylog" either by "type ttylog" or by "tail ttylog". The latter command lists the last 12 lines of the file.

Be sure to have all your record strings, standard star names, and options well planned and written down so that you can enter the answers correctly. The batch reductions are not overly tolerant of incorrect entries although some preliminary checks are performed during the entry process.


The following invokes the batch reductions using all task options;

cl> batchred

The following inhibits the STANDARD and SENSFUNC tasks which must have been run previously. This is equivalent to the IPPS "autoreduce":

cl> batchred standard- sensfunc-


If you make an error while entering the requested information, there is no way to effect repairs other than to (1) start all over, or (2) edit the generated script file "" using the system editor.

If a task encounters an irrecoverable error, the background job hangs until you kill it using "kill N" where N is the job number.


mkscript, standard, sensfunc, bswitch, calibrate, addsets

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