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       mincinfo - print out specified information about a minc file


       mincinfo [<options>] <file> [<file> ...]


       mincinfo  will  print  out  either a general description of a minc file
       (type, sign and range of data, plus a brief description  of  dimensions
       and  their  order), or specific information about dimensions, variables
       or attributes in the file. This program can be very useful for building
       shell scripts that access minc files.

       All  information  given  by mincinfo is presented as read from the file
       with no transformation.  This means that start  and  step  values,  for
       example,  are not in the world coordinate system.  To display the start
       values for a file in world coordinates, use voxeltoworld.


       Note that options can be specified in abbreviated form (as long as they
       are unique) and can be given anywhere on the command line.  Dimensions,
       variables and attributes are all specified  by  name.   Attributes  are
       specified  by  variable:attribute  where  variable  can  be  omitted to
       specify global attributes. More than one option can  be  specified,  in
       which  case  the return value from each option is printed on a separate
       line (-image_info prints on many lines) in the order of the options  on
       the command line.

              Print  out  the default general information about the file. This
              information includes the type, sign and range of the pixel data,
              the  order  of  the  dimensions, and a list of dimensions giving
              name, length, start and step for each one.

              Print out a space-separated list of the dimensions in the  file.

              Print out a space-separated list of the variables in the file.

       -dimlength dimension
              Print the length of the specified dimension.

       -vartype variable
              Print the type of the variable.

       -vardims variable
              Print  a  space-separated  list of the dimensions that subscript
              the variable (in C order).

       -varatts variable
              Print a space-separated list of  the  attribute  names  for  the
              specified variable.

       -varvalues variable
              Print  a  newline-separated  list of the values of the specified

       -atttype variable:attribute
              Print out the type of the specified attribute.

       -attvalue variable:attribute
              Print out a space-separated list of the values of the  specified

       -error_string string
              Specifies  a  string  to print out if an error occurs. This will
              cause the program to exit with normal status. The default is  to
              print  an  appropriate  error  message  and  exit  with an error

       -help  Print summary of command-line options and abort.

              Print the program’s version number and exit.


       Print out standard information about a minc file.

              mincinfo file.mnc

       Print out contents of global history attribute.

              mincinfo file.mnc -attvalue :history

       Print out step value for x dimension, setting the default value to 1.

              mincinfo file.mnc -attvalue xspace:step -error 1

       Print out the step values for x, y and z, setting the default value  to

              mincinfo file.mnc -error 1 \
                   -attvalue xspace:step \
                   -attvalue yspace:step \
                   -attvalue zspace:step

       Print  out the names of the dimensions subscripting the image variable.

                   mincinfo file.mnc -vardims image


       Peter Neelin


       Copyright © 1993 by Peter Neelin



                         $Date: 2004-05-20 21:52:08 $