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Osman December 19, 2016 16:22

paraFoam not working in Foam-extended 3.2

I am a newbie in the forum. I have installed foam-extended-3.2 in Ubuntu 16.04 version. Everything is going fine. I have done meshing and also run the simulation perfectly (I was doing cavity tutorial of incompressible icoFoam cases). Then, while I was writing 'paraFoam &' command in the terminal, paraview is opening but, shutting down instantly, showing the following message in the terminal:


created temporary 'cavity.OpenFOAM'
Read float past end of buffer
Read float past end of buffer
Read float past end of buffer
Read float past end of buffer
ERROR: In /build/paraview-arsa8T/paraview-5.0.1+dfsg1/ParaViewCore/ServerImplementation/Core/vtkSIProxy.cxx, line 310
vtkSISourceProxy (0x4937e30): Failed to create vtkXdmfReader. Aborting for debugging purposes
Can someone say, what's the problem? I followed this link ( for installation. Thanks.

wyldckat December 27, 2016 12:44

Quick questions:
  1. What does the following command give you?

    which paraview
  2. Did you install ParaView manually or was it built by the script "Allwmake.firstInstall"?
  3. What is the content of the file "etc/"? You can check by running:

    cat etc/

Osman January 3, 2017 19:11


First I want to apologize for my late response as I was out for holiday.


2. I am not sure about it. But, before installing foam-extend-3.2, I installed Openfoam 4.0. ParaFoam is perfectly working for OF 4.0.


export QT_BIN_DIR=/usr/bin/qmake
export QT_BIN_DIR=/usr/bin/qmake-qt4

Metikurke May 25, 2017 21:39


I am also facing the same problem while using the foam extend 4.0. I have tried everything possible, I have also checked my installation comletely, and tried finding solutions in the forum. But no where it has been discussed. The error report as follows,

/Work/tutorials/incompressible/icoFoam/cavity$ ERROR: In /build/paraview-arsa8T/paraview-5.0.1+dfsg1/ParaViewCore/ServerImplementation/Core/vtkSIProxy.cxx, line 310
vtkSISourceProxy (0x4304c10): Failed to create vtkXdmfReader. Aborting for debugging purposes.

[1]+ Aborted (core dumped) paraview

It would be really great if you can give me the solution.

Thank you

Metikurke May 26, 2017 06:07

With Regard to above problem tried running, paraview a.foam now its working properly.

jgross November 30, 2017 12:55

Osman, I am having the same issue. I had installed Paraview with OpenFOAM 5 previously before installation of Foam Extend 4.0. When I type the above commands, I receive the same message as you.




export QT_BIN_DIR=/path/to/qmake_directory
export CUDA_ARCH=sm_30
Did you ever manage to get ParaFOAM working with Foam Extend 4.0?

Thank you.

jgross December 5, 2017 07:39

I managed to fix it so that paraFoam command works with extend-4.0. I achieved this by modifying the PARAVIEW_DIR in the foam folder such that it calls the Paraview that was installed during extend-4.0 installation, rather than the newer version of Paraview from the previous OpenFOAM 5.0 installation.

Some of the details of this procedure were found online, but I can't seem to find a link for it right now. I hope this helps people that may have this issue in the future.


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