[horde] Setting Up Weather

Rick Emery rick at emery.homelinux.net
Wed Oct 6 06:28:39 PDT 2004

Quoting "Michael W. Jones" <mjones at otsc.com>:

> Metar works fine if you have the two tables loaded in your Horde database.
> The files to populate it are located at:
> ftp://ftp.horde.org/pub/jonah/jonah_weathercountries.tsv
> ftp://ftp.horde.org/pub/jonah/jonah_weatherstations.tsv

It used to work this way, but was rewritten to use the PEAR Services_Weather
packages. There are still, however, tables that need to be created in the
database. See my previous post (or look at
[PathToPear]/data/Services_Weather/buildMetarDB.php; it's pretty well
documented) for instructions on setting that up.

> My question is, with the nice service from weather.com, do we really need
> Metar (which is really an aviation weather service)?  This thought is
> particularly with the requirement for us to maintain the location database
> on the server (whereas weather.com does all that for us).

As an aspiring pilot, I use the METAR block (and have it side by side on my
portal page with the weather.com block). I'm in the process of writing a patch
that adds TAF (forecast) data to the block, but if the consensus is that the
METAR block should be removed, I won't bother.

If the block is kept, the procedure for creating the necessary tables 
should be
documented somewhere (well, it's documented in the PEAR 
Services_Weather files,
but should horde administrators be required to look in those files?). 
Any ideas
on where to put it? I can submit a patch...



Rick Emery

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth
  with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there
  you will always long to return"
                                               -- Leonardo Da Vinci

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