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Old   July 23, 2013, 07:07
Default What files do you keep after a project?
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I completed my thesis December 2012 and have over 40 GB of files. What does everyone typically keep from a successful run? What combination of files completely describes work completed while minimizing file size?

I have 6 transient runs, each using the pimpleDyMFoam solver.
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I completed my thesis December 2012 and have over 40 GB of files. What does everyone typically keep from a successful run? What combination of files completely describes work completed while minimizing file size?

I have 6 transient runs, each using the pimpleDyMFoam solver.
this is how I do:
Assuming I do not want to restart my transient case in the future:
  1. reconstruct all timestep
  2. remove all files *_0 and phi in each timestep. If I want to restart my case in the future, I keep those files only in a few timesteps (the last one for example, or every 10 written timestep)
  3. zip each timestep (0.3 -> 0.3.zip)
  4. remove the unzipped timestep
  5. do NOT remove the grid files, even if they are generate by OpenFOAM!
  6. extrastep: zip grid data
A short bash script can run all those steps automatically.

You can also run steps 1, 2 and 4, than zip everything into one big zipfile, but the zipping might be quite long, and if your zip is corrupted, you loose everything...
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Following up on what Marcel posted: If you use the compress option in your controlDict, there is no point in zipping your data. Use tar instead (or, if you really want a zip file, --compression-method store).

Also useful: pyFoamPackCase.py
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Thank you for your advice.
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