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      Quickly read a numeric ASCII data file into IDL floating/double vectors.


      Columns of data may be separated by tabs or spaces. This
      program is fast but is restricted to data files where all columns can
      be read as floating point (or all double precision).
      Use READCOL if greater flexibility is desired. Use READFMT to read a
      fixed-format ASCII file. Use FORPRINT to print columns of data.

Calling Sequence

      RDFLOAT, name, v1, [ v2, v3, v4, v5, ... v19]
                        COLUMNS, /DOUBLE, SKIPLINE = , NUMLINE = ]


      NAME - Name of ASCII data file, scalar string. In VMS, an extension of
              .DAT is assumed, if not supplied.

Optional Input Keywords

      COLUMNS - Numeric scalar or vector specifying which columns in the file
              to read. For example, if COLUMNS = [3,7,11] then the first
              output variable (v1) would contain column 3, the second would
              contain column 7 and the third would contain column 11. If
              the number of elements in the COLUMNS vector is less than the
              number of output parameters, then consecutive columns are
              implied. For example, if 3 output parameters are supplied
              (v1,v2,v3) and COLUMNS = 3, then columns 3,4, and 5 will be
      SKIPLINE - Integer scalar specifying number of lines to skip at the top
              of file before reading. Default is to start at the first line.
      NUMLINE - Integer scalar specifying number of lines in the file to read.
            Default is to read the entire file
      /DOUBLE - If this keyword is set, then all variables are read in as
              double precision.
      /SILENT - Set this keyword to suppress any informative messages


      V1,V2,V3,...V19 - IDL vectors to contain columns of data.
              Up to 19 columns may be read. All output vectors are of type
              float, unless the /DOUBLE keyword is set,


      Each row in a file 'position.dat' contains a star number and 6 columns
      of data giving an RA and Dec in sexagesimal format. Read into IDL
      IDL> rdfloat,'position.dat',ID,hr,min,sec,deg,dmin,dsec
      All output vectors will be floating point. To only read the
      declination vectors (Deg,dmin,dsec)
      IDL> rdfloat,'position.dat',deg,dmin,dsec,col=4


      (1) All rows in the file must be formatted identically (except for
          those skipped by SKIPLINE). RDFLOAT reads the first line of
          the data (after SKIPLINE) to determine the number of columns of
      (2) Cannot be used to read strings

Procedures Used


Revision History

      Written W. Landsman September 1995
      Call NUMLINES() function February 1996
      Read up to 19 columns August 1997
      Converted to IDL V5.0 W. Landsman September 1997
      Allow to skip more than 32767 lines W. Landsman June 2001
      Added /SILENT keyword W. Landsman March 2002
      Added COLUMNS keyword, use STRSPLIT W. Landsman May 2002
      Use SKIP_LUN if V5.6 or later W. Landsman Nov 2002
      V5.6 version, use FILE_LINES() W. Landsman Dec 2002

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