Quick guide to test publication

You can either use the prepared test script to run a publication test or you can execute some manual steps.

Use the script: esgtest_publish


Set up default environment for scripts:

ESGF v2.5 or later

$ source /usr/local/conda/bin/activate esgf-pub

ESGF v2.4.x or earlier

$ source /etc/esg.env

Run the test script

$ esgtest_publish

The above command will go through all steps of the publication:

  1. Check whether the current (unix-)user has write permissions to the appropriate directories

  2. Generate a globus certificate, if not already present

  3. Download a test file, if not already present

  4. Generate a mapfile

  5. Publish to Postgres, THREDDS and Solr in separate steps and verify publication

  6. Unpublish and verify unpublication for all three components

  7. Clean up: Delete the mapfile but keep globus certificate and test file

By default the script will publish to all three components: Postgres, THREDDS and Solr. But you can also skip some tests:

$ esgtest_publish --skip-index      # Skip publication to the Solr Index
$ esgtest_publish --skip-thredds    # Skip publication to THREDDS and Solr Index

Possible options to specify the credentials for the globus cert:

  • Specify the credentials as options:

    $ esgtest_publish --myproxy-host <openid_server> --myproxy-user <esgf_user> --myproxy-pass <password>
  • Add the information to your esg.ini file, section myproxy:

    hostname = <openid_server>
    username = <esgf_user>
    password = <password>
  • Simply fill out the user prompts during the script runtime.


If you are running an “all” ESGF node installation and the credentials are not specified otherwise the script will use the rootAdmin account and get the appropriate password automatically.

Manual steps


Set up default environment for scripts:

ESGF v2.5 or later

$ source /usr/local/conda/bin/activate esgf-pub

ESGF v2.4.x or earlier

$ source /etc/esg.env

Generate a valid globus certificate. For publication of test data you could use esgf_user rootAdmin, this account has preset permissions to publish test data.

$ myproxy-logon -s <openid_server> -l <esgf_user> -b -t 72 -o $HOME/.globus/certificate-file


The configuration file for project test should already be present in the default location: /esg/config/esgcet/esg.test.ini. In case it is missing fetch it with esgprep esgfetchini:

$ esgfetchini --project test

Make sure you have values for project test in the project_options and thredds_dataset_roots in /esg/config/esgcet/esg.ini:

project_options =
    cmip5 | CMIP5        | 1
    test  | Test Project | 2
    ...   | ...          | ...

thredds_dataset_roots =
    cmip5 | /esg/data/cmip5
    test  |  /esg/data/test
    ...   | ...

Download test file

$ cd /esg/data/test
$ rm sftlf.nc
$ wget -O sftlf.nc http://distrib-coffee.ipsl.jussieu.fr/pub/esgf/dist/externals/sftlf.nc

Mapfile generation

$ esgmapfile --project test /esg/data/test

The above will generate the directory mapfiles containing the file test.test.map in your working directory.

$ cat ./mapfiles/test.test.map
test.test | /esg/data/test/sftlf.nc | 5 | mod_time=1469535544.68 | checksum=f2ca1bb6c7e907d06dafe4687e579fce76b37e4e93b7605022da52e6ccc26fd2 | checksum_type=SHA256


Publish to local postgres database

$ esgpublish --project test --map ./mapfiles/test.test.map --service fileservice

Publish to local Thredds server

$ esgpublish --project test --map ./mapfiles/test.test.map --service fileservice --noscan --thredds


Make sure the (unix-) user you use for publication has write access to the THREDDS catalogs in /esg/content/thredds/esgcet/.

Publish to index node

$ esgpublish --project test --map ./mapfiles/test.test.map --service fileservice --noscan --publish


If you publish to another index please coordinate with that site’s node administrator.


If the above step fails check the publishing permissions, see section Prepare user and permissions for publication.


If you are on a production node please make sure to unpublish the test file after successful publication. Test data should not be visible to users.

$ esgunpublish --project test --map ./mapfiles/test.test.map --database-delete --no-republish --delete