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       stilts-tmultin - Writes multiple processed tables to single container file


       stilts tmultin [nin=<count>] [ifmtN=<in-format>] [inN=<tableN>] [icmdN=<cmds>] [out=<out-
                      file>] [ofmt=<out-format>]


       tmultin takes multiple input tables and writes them to a single output container file. The
       container  file must be of some format which can contain more than one table, for instance
       a FITS file (which can contain multiple extensions)  or  a  VOTable  document  (which  can
       contain  multiple  TABLE  elements).  Individual  filtering may be performed on the tables
       prior to writing them, and their formats may be specified individually.  If  you  want  to
       apply  the  same  pre-processing  to all the input tables, you may find the tmulti command
       more convenient.


              The number of input tables for this task. For each of the input tables N there will
              be associated parameters ifmtN, inN and icmdN.

              Specifies  the  format  of  input table #N as specified by parameter inN. The known
              formats are listed in SUN/256. 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.

              The location of input table #N. This may take one of the following forms:

                * A filename.

                * A URL.

                * The special value "-", meaning standard input. In this case  the  input  format
                  must  be  given explicitly using the ifmtN parameter. Note that not all formats
                  can be streamed in this way.

                * A system command line with either a "<"  character  at  the  start,  or  a  "|"
                  character at the end ("<syscmd" or "syscmd|"). This executes the given pipeline
                  and reads from its standard output. This will probably only work  on  unix-like
               In  any  case,  compressed data in one of the supported compression formats (gzip,
              Unix compress or bzip2) will be decompressed transparently.

              Specifies processing to be performed on input table #N as  specified  by  parameter
              inN,  before  any  other processing has taken place. The value of this parameter is
              one or more of the filter commands described in SUN/256. 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.

              The location of the output file. This is usually a filename to write to. If  it  is
              equal to the special value "-" the output will be written to standard output.

              Specifies the format in which the output tables will be written (one of the ones in
              SUN/256 - 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.

              Not all output formats are capable of writing multiple tables; if  you  choose  one
              that is not, an error will result.



       If  the  package  stilts-doc  is installed, the full documentation SUN/256 is available in
       HTML format:


       STILTS version 3.1-5-debian

       This is the Debian version of Stilts, which lack the support  of  some  file  formats  and
       network protocols. For differences see


       Mark Taylor (Bristol University)

                                             Mar 2017                           STILTS-TMULTIN(1)