[kepler-dev] Kepler Archive (Kar) file documentation

Chad Berkley berkley at nceas.ucsb.edu
Thu Nov 13 15:49:10 PST 2008

Hi Erick,

KSW is what we used to call KAR files.  Any documentation that refers to 
KSW should be valid for KAR.  We know there should be way more 
documentation on the format, but I think you've found the two main 
developer resources.  You can also look in the user manual that ships 
with Kepler for more user oriented information.

The KAR format will probably be changing somewhat in the next year or 
so, as we are going to redesign the object manager in Kepler to do 
smarter loading of actors, resources and their dependencies.  When we 
make these changes, we're intending to revamp the documentation for the 
KAR files and also have an actor development kit that will ease the 
workload of building new actors.

Sorry I can't give you more info, but if you have any questions, feel 
free to send them to this list or jump on IRC or iChat (AIM).  I'm 
cwberkley on AIM.


Erick Stalsberg wrote:
> I have been looking into the design and structure of Kepler Archive 
> (KAR) files and I was wondering if anyone knew if there was any official 
> documentation on this. I have found the two pages below on the Kepler 
> project webpage and have found some other random information through 
> google searches. Is all this information up to date? Are KSW files still 
> used?
> http://kepler-project.org/Wiki.jsp?page=KeplerObjectManager
> http://www.kepler-project.org/Wiki.jsp?page=KSWEncapsulationSpecification
> I would greatly appreciate a push in the right direction as to finding 
> the end-all documentation on this or at least the bits and pieces to put 
> it together for myself. Thanks in advance!
> Erick Stalsberg
> MS Student
> UC Davis
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