[Ifeffit] Unable to import data from HXMA beamline at CLS into Athena

Bruce Ravel bravel at bnl.gov
Wed Jun 26 12:11:15 CDT 2013

Athena clearly needs FAQ.  This is a question that gets answered over
and over on this list.

HXMA is one of those beamlines that sends it users home with files in
a format sufficiently unusual that Athena needs help to figure out
what goodies are locked away under a facade of obfuscation.

You need to enable the HXMA plugin on the plugin registry page:


One of the options is "HXMA".  Click that button on.  I had no trouble
reading the file you sent once I clicked the HXMA plugin on.

Perhaps this is just sour grapes on my part, but wouldn't demanding
non-obfuscated data files from the beamline be a better long-term
solution than complaining about software that can't read whatever
wonky crap the beamline sends you home with?


On 06/26/2013 12:54 PM, Anthony Ardizzi wrote:
> Hello,
> I am currently at the HXMA beamline at the CLS facility in Saskatoon,
> Canada. I have attempted to import some of the data we have taken here
> into Athena (demeter version 0.9.17), however I continue to receive the
> following error: "C:\...\xxxxx.dat could not be read as data". I suspect
> that this might be a problem with the latest demeter release, as an
> associate of mine seems to have no problem importing these data files
> into Athena 0.8.056. I have attached a .dat file so that you can verify
> that the formatting is readable by Athena. Hopefully someone can provide
> some help. I would prefer not to have to go back to an older version of
> Athena if possible.
> Also, I am running Windows 7 64-bit, in case that is relevant
> Thanks in advance,
> Anthony
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