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Old   December 31, 2004, 12:57
Default How to program TUI when prompts may vary?
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Chris Bailey
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How is it best to program the Text User Interface given that the prompts may vary from situation to situation? For example in the program below, which does work, I read and analyze several different mesh files whose names contain a number that increments. In two places (they're commented) I have to add extra "dummy" operations to cause a known number of prompts so I can then answer them. Is there a less klunky way to do this???

(define filename1 "/file/read-case/ P:\a\fluent\20041227\multimesh9\\")

(define filename2 "")

(define filename3 "1")

(define filename4 ".msh y")

; Later must answer y to "discard mesh" so need one to discard on first pass

/file/read-case/ p:\a\fluent\simple.msh

(define (analyze_flow)

(ti-menu-load-string (string-append filename1 filename2 filename3 filename4))

(ti-menu-load-string "/define/boundary-conditions/velocity-inlet v_inlet n n y y n 1.22")

(ti-menu-load-string "/solve/initialize/set-defaults pressure 0")

(ti-menu-load-string "/solve/initialize/set-defaults x-velocity 0")

(ti-menu-load-string "/solve/initialize/set-defaults y-velocity 0")

; Don't know if flow field exists so initialize (which may fail), iterate (which won't), reinitialize y

(ti-menu-load-string "/solve/initialize/initialize-flow")

(ti-menu-load-string "/solve/iterate 1")

(ti-menu-load-string "/solve/initialize/initialize-flow y")

(ti-menu-load-string "/display/set/contours/filled-contours? y")

(ti-menu-load-string "/solve/iterate 1")

(ti-menu-load-string "/display/contour pressure , ,")

(ti-menu-load-string "/display/set/overlays? y")

(ti-menu-load-string "/display/vector velocity mass-imbalance , , , ,")

(ti-menu-load-string "/solve/iterate 5")

(ti-menu-load-string "/display/contour pressure , ,")

(ti-menu-load-string "/display/set/overlays? y")

(ti-menu-load-string "/display/vector velocity mass-imbalance , , , ,")

(ti-menu-load-string "/solve/iterate 40")

(ti-menu-load-string "/display/contour pressure , ,")

(ti-menu-load-string "/display/set/overlays? y")

(ti-menu-load-string "/display/vector velocity mass-imbalance , , , ,") )

;

;

(define counter

(lambda (n)

(do ((i n (- i 1)))

((zero? i))

(set! filename2 (format #f "~a" i))

(analyze_flow)

)))

;

(counter 3)
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