Import/export directories

Import/export directories are areas designated for use by the CLC Server to write to, for example when exporting results, or to read from, for example when importing data or when accessing BLAST databases.

To configure an import/export directory, go to:

        Configuration (Image configuration_16) | External data (Image ext-dat_16_n_p) | Import/export directories

Click on the Add new import/export directory button and enter the relevant path (figure 7.2). The specified folder and its subfolders will then be available to client software logged into the CLC Server when relevant activities are carried out.

At least one import/export directory must be configured to enable direct data transfer from client systems (see Direct data transfer from client systems).

Access to import/export directories can be restricted using settings under:

        Configuration (Image configuration_16) | Global permissions (Image globalpermissions_16) | Import/export directories

Requirements for import/export areas

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Figure 7.3: Areas external to the CLC Server that it can read data from and write data to, are configured as import/export directories in the External data area.

Browsing import/export areas

The contents of import/export directories can be browsed by going to:

        Element info (Image main_configuration_16) | Browse server import/export directories (Image ext-dat_16_n_p)

When a folder or file is selected, information about it is displayed below the file browser (figure 7.3).

URLs for files in import/export locations can be copied using the Copy to clipboard button. They can be useful when copying data to AWS S3 locations (see Browsing AWS S3 locations), when sharing the location of files with others that have access to the same system, and when specifying files to be imported, or locations to export to, using the CLC Server Command Line Tools.

Some data management tasks can be carried out from in this area. Folders or files can be deleted, new folders can be created, and files can be copied from AWS S3 locations or CLC File Server Locations into a selected folder by pasting a file URL into the text field near the bottom, replacing the Paste URL here... text.

URLs for data in AWS S3 buckets are shown when browsing under Element info (Image main_configuration_16) | Browse S3 locations (Image ext-dat_16_n_p).

Data from a CLC File Server Locatios is normally saved to an import/export directory when using export functionality. See for details. URLs that can be used to copy data directly from a CLC Server File System Location are shown when browsing CLC data in the web client under Element info (Image elementinfo_16) | Info (Image elementinfo_16) and can also be obtained by using the Copy function in the Navigation Area of a Workbench.

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Figure 7.4: Browse CLC server import/export directories.