### AST_COLUMNSHAPE

Returns the shape of the values in a named column

#### Description:

This routine returns the number of dimensions spaned by each value in a named column of a Table, together with the length of each dimension. These are the values supplied when the column was created using AST_ADDCOLUMN.

#### Invocation

CALL AST_COLUMNSHAPE( THIS, COLUMN, MXDIM, NDIM, DIMS, STATUS )

#### Arguments

##### THIS = INTEGER (Given)
Pointer to the Table.
##### COLUMN = CHARACTER $\ast$ ( $\ast$ ) (Given)
The character string holding the upper case name of the column. Trailing spaces are ignored.
##### MXDIM = INTEGER (Given)
The length of the DIMS array.
##### NDIM = INTEGER (Returned)
The number of dimensions spanned by values in the named column. This will be zero if the column contains scalar values.
##### DIMS( MXDIM ) = INTEGER (Returned)
An array in which to return the length of each dimension. Any excess trailing elements will be filled with the value 1.
##### STATUS = INTEGER (Given and Returned)
The global status.

#### Notes:

• No error is reported if the requested column cannot be found in the given Table. A value of zero is returned for NDIM and the supplied values in DIMS are left unchanged.

• A value of zero is returned for NDIM if an error occurs.