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fitsverify - Test if the input file(s) conform to the FITS format


fitsverify filename ...

fitsverify @filelist.txt


This task reads one or more input FITS files and verifies that the files conform to the
specifications of the FITS Standard document (known as the NASA/Science Office of
Standards and Technology 'Definition of the Current FITS Standard', document number, NOST
100-2.0, available online at http://fits.gsfc.nasa.gov/). The input filename template
may contain wildcard characters, in which case all matching files will be tested.
Alternatively, the name of an ASCII text file containing a list of file names, one per
line, may be entered preceded by an '@' character.


-l list all header keywords

-q quiet; print one-line pass/fail summary per file

-e only test for error conditions; don't issue warnings

-h Help


· Mandatory keyword not present or out of order

· Mandatory keyword has wrong datatype or illegal value

· END header keyword is not present

· Sum of table column widths is inconsistent with NAXIS1 value

· BLANK keyword present in image with floating-point datatype

· TNULLn keyword present for floating-point binary table column

· Bit column has non-zero fill bits or is not left adjusted

· ASCII TABLE column contains illegal value inconsistent with TFORMn

· Address to a variable length array not within the data heap

· Extraneous bytes in the FITS file following the last HDU

· Mandatory keyword values not expressed in fixed format

· Mandatory keyword duplicated elsewhere in the header

· Header contains illegal ASCII character (not ASCII 32 - 126)

· Keyword name contains illegal character

· Keyword value field has illegal format

· Value and comment fields not separated by a slash character

· END keyword not filled with blanks in columns 9 - 80

· Reserved keyword with wrong datatype or illegal value

· EXTEND not present in the primary array if there are extensions

· BLOCKED, if present, not among the first 36 keywords

· XTENSION keyword in the primary array

· Column related keyword (TFIELDS, TTYPEn,TFORMn, etc.) in an image

· SIMPLE, EXTEND, or BLOCKED keyword in any extension


· Image WCS keywords (CTYPEn, CRPIXn, CRVALn, etc.) in a table

· Table WCS keywords (TCTYPn, TCRPXn, TCRVLn, etc.) in an image

· TDIMn or THEAP keyword in an ASCII table

· TBCOLn keyword in a Binary table

· THEAP keyword in a binary table that has PCOUNT = 0

· XTENSION, TFORMn, TDISPn or TDIMn value contains leading space(s)

· Index of any WCS keyword (CRPIXn, CRVALn, etc.) greater than value of WCSAXES

· Index of any table column descriptor keyword (TTYPEn, TFORMn, etc.) greater than value

· TSCALn or TZEROn present for an ASCII, logical, or Bit column

· TDISPn value is inconsistent with the column datatype

· Length of a variable length array greater than the maximum length as given by the
TFORMn keyword

· Logical column contains illegal value not equal to 'T', 'F', or 0

· Character string column contains non-ASCII text character

· Header fill bytes not all blanks

· Data fill bytes not all blanks in ASCII tables or all zeros in any other type of HDU

· Gaps between defined ASCII table columns contain characters with ASCII value > 127



· Presence of deprecated keywords BLOCKED or EPOCH

· 2 HDUs have identical EXTNAME, EXTVER, and EXTLEVEL values

· BSCALE or TSCALn value = 0.

· BLANK OR TNULLn value exceeds the legal range

· TFORMn has 'rAw' format and r is not a multiple of w

· DATE = 'dd/mm/yy' and yy is less than 10 (Y2K problem??)

· Index of any WCS keyword (CRPIXn, CRVALn, etc.) greater than value of NAXIS, if the
WCSAXES keyword is not present

· Duplicated keyword (except COMMENT, HISTORY, blank, etc.)

· Column name (TTYPEn) does not exist or contains characters other than letter, digit and

· Calculated checksum inconsistent with CHECKSUM or DATASUM keyword

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