Opened 2 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

#2666 closed help (fixed)

iris xcs-c iris_sample_data

Reported by: nx902220 Owned by: um_support
Component: Other Keywords: Iris
Cc: Platform: Monsoon2
UM Version:



I am trying to use Iris on monsoon xcs-c. I have followed the advice here: do I use Python on the HPC?

I do:
module load scitools

It fails at the line in my script:
filename = iris.sample_data_path('../ukv_um/dymeaa_pf000')

The error message is:

File "/common/scitools/environments/default/2018_05_22/lib/python2.7/site-packages/iris/", line 480, in sample_data_path

raise ImportError?("Please install the 'iris_sample_data' package to "

ImportError?: Please install the 'iris_sample_data' package to access sample data.

I try in my script
import iris_sample_data
but there is no module of that name.

Please can you help me with this?

Best wishes,


Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 2 years ago by nx902220

I have solved my problem.

On the Reading meteorology cluster I could use:
file_in = iris.sample_data_path('../ukv_um/dymeaa_pf000')
cubes = iris.load(file_in)

iris.sample_data_path does not seem to work on the xcs-c. I can load my data with Iris by just doing:
cubes = iris.load('../ukv_um/dymeaa_pf000')



comment:2 Changed 2 years ago by pmcguire

Hi Lewis

On Monsoon, have you tried using the postproc machine instead of the xcs-c machine? I have found that more things are installed on there for issues similar to this.

Patrick McGuire?

comment:3 Changed 2 years ago by nx902220

Hi Patrick,

I tried postproc first. When I did:

import iris

I got the error- ImportError?: No module named iris

I thought this might be due to the fact I was using the default python which doesn't have Iris. However when I do module avail to check which other versions are available all I see is

— /etc/modulefiles —

That is why I switched to xcs-c. I have been using python and iris without problems the past day.



comment:4 Changed 2 years ago by willie

  • Component changed from Monsoon to Other
  • Keywords Iris added
  • Platform set to Monsoon2
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed
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