Update Keys of Variables/Attributes
Created by: ax3l
Why is this feature important?
- renaming paths of variables and attributes
- removing (undefining/hiding) variables/attributes
- adding new attributes
This problem will commonly occur when users open "old" openPMD files in an openPMD reader that supports only a newer version of the standard. A quick, in-place meta-data conversion simplifies reader implementations and provides a convenient user-experience.
What is the potential impact of this feature in the community?
This allows faster development of data readers of meta-data schemes (only need to implement the newest version of a schema) and a better user experience with forward-updateable meta-data.
Is your feature request related to a problem? Please describe.
Related to openPMD:
Describe the solution you'd like and potential required effort
I would like to update the "index table" of variables and attributes, e.g. with an update to the file. It's sufficient to "hide" old meta-data, e.g. as revision of a file.
There is no need to remove actual data, maybe a repack command (
adios_reorganize) that actually copies data could remove old revisions and un-indexed data when its actually needed.
Describe alternatives you've considered and potential required effort
An alternative is to copy all data to a new file (series) on a meta-data update.
cc @pnorbert @chuckatkins @franzpoeschel