Request to Readers
When everyone used Cumulus 1, the Cumulus Wiki was highly rated as being comprehensive (partly because there were multiple contributors).
MX development has been so rapid, with MX now having so much functionality the documentation has not caught up (partly because of lack of contributors).
Can you contribute? Will you make this page more useful by bringing content up-to-date?
- This sub-category provides links to pages that give explanations for all of the Log files with a .ini extension within Cumulus.
- It applies to both the legacy 1.9.4 and the latest MX release, as both flavours use files with same names, although there are some differences with their content.
- Descriptions, and tips, can be found in the Help file within the Cumulus 1 software, it can be read at Cumulus.chm although it is formatted to only open if your computer is using a Microsoft Windows Operating System.
The file types used by Cumulus
Essentially, there are 2 file types used by all flavours of Cumulus:
- .ini file type - these hold values that represent sums, counts, or extremes, for cumulus to read, and update, as it reads the weather observations, click on links below for details.
- .txt file type - these are the logs that Cumulus updates at defined intervals to hold details of what has happened, but it can also read these files when requested, please see .txt files category for details.
- .rec file type - this has been deprecated, and replaced by .ini, for details see Alltime.ini.
- .xml file type - this holds the Cumulus 1 Weather_Diary. Although it uses standard XML, the component that Cumulus 1 uses also writes a special value that other XML editors will not understand.
- .db file type - there are two of these for Cumulus MX, click on Diary.db or Cumulusmx.db for details.
- .json file type - these hold data to be sent to a web server, please see .json files category for details. See MX announcements for more details, as this functionality varies depending on your MX release.
General points on all these .ini files
The format in each .ini file consists of a number of sections (section title is delimited by square brackets [...]).
In each section you will find a number of properties (consisting of attribute name, an equals sign and a value) each on a separate line.
Blank lines can be added anywhere for readability, they are ignored in these Cumulus .ini type files.
File content differences between Cumulus 1 and MX
Thus if you want to swap from Cumulus 1 to Cumulus MX, and you previously used a comma as your decimal separator (e.g.12,3) you will copy your existing Cumulus 1 "data" folder to within your MX installation, but you then need to manually edit every XXXXXXX.ini file so all the values entries are converted to use a full stop as decimal separator.