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GCF2MSD is a command line utility for converting GCF data to MiniSEED format.

GCF2MSD will only process data for a single stream (i.e. a single component at a single sample rate from a single instrument). If you wish to convert a file containing multiple streams, you should pre-process it using GCFSPLIT and then convert the resulting files one by one.


GCF2MSD v1.9 for Windows (215 kB .zip)

This windows binary uses the QT runtime DLL file qtintf70.dll. This is normally installed with Scream! but, if it is not installed on your system, you will receive an error message when you try to run this software. You can download this DLL from here. It should be placed either in the same directory as the program or in the system32 directory.


GCF2MSD v1.9 for Linux (94 kB .gz)

This linux binary needs access to the Qt runtime library (a 2.4 M .gz), either in your normal library path or in the current directory. If the library cannot be loaded, the following error is displayed:
Runtime error 230 at 080677E9 Segmentation fault (core dumped)
This 32-bit linux software runs on 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. To install it on a 64-bit Linux platform, please follow these instructions to install the relevant libraries.


To get a list of the options, run the gcf2msd program without any parameters. The following text is displayed:

GCF2MSD (c) Guralp systems 2019 v1.9 Usage: GCF2MSD filespec [/o:output_dir] [/net:nn] [/sys] [/i:inifile] where 'filespec' must be the first parameter. specifies a GCF file or files to convert. Wildcards are supported 'output_dir' specifies a directory for converted files. if not specified, the directory of the input file is used 'nn' specifies a two-digit network code to be included in the miniSEED header '/sys' Specifies the GCF System ID field is used in the MiniSeed Station-ID field instead of the serial number 'inifile' is an text file where additional miniSEED-specific parameters are stored

You can use wildcards in the file-name, so gcf2msd *.gcf will convert every .gcf file in the current directory. The name of the converted file will be the same as the gcf file name, with the extension changed to .msd.

Wildcards are expanded by the program itself so, when using this technique under Linux, you must quote the wildcard characters to protect them from the shell. For example, gcf2msd '*.gcf' will convert every .gcf file in the current directory on a computer running Linux.

If the GCF file contains gaps, GCF2MSD will end the current miniSEED block and start a new one for the later data. The new block will be time stamped with the time of the first sample after the gap. GCF2MSD will print out a warning message if this occurs.

If the GCF file contains data out of time sequence, i.e. GCF2MSD encounters data with a timestamp earlier than the latest so far received, the data will be discarded.

Because of this, back-filling filing modes (such as the DM24′s ADAPTIVE mode) will only work as expected if the data are put in order before being saved as a GCF file. This can be done in Scream! using a suitably large stream buffer.

You can configure Scream! to run GCF2MSD automatically on GCF files it produces, by setting it as a post-processor. Although Scream! can output miniSEED files, it will not output in multiple formats simultaneously, so using GCF2MSD as a post-processor will save you running two copies of Scream!.

To set a post-processor, open the Files tab of Scream!’s Setup window, and enter the full path of the GCF2MSD program file in the Post-Processor box. Click OK to save the setting.

The /o option

Supplying a directory after /o will make GCF2MSD place all converted files into the specified directory. For example, running

gcf2msd *.gcf /o C:\Users\me\SEED_data

will place the converted files in C:\Users\me\SEED_data.

Specifying MiniSEED headers

By default, Scream! derives the MiniSEED header information from the System ID and Stream ID of the digitiser, together with information about the stream.

Options are provided which allow you to change this behaviour:

For more information, first contact your local distributor or email .