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idrama June 16, 2010 14:37

Compression of OpenFOAM files afterwards
Hey Foamers!

I have ran several cases, but I have forgotten to let the files compress via controDict. How can I compress the files afterwards?

Cheers in advance

idrama June 16, 2010 15:15

I found something what might help:

find -name "U" -type f -exec gzip {} \;


ngj June 17, 2010 03:44

Hi Claus

Try the utility "foamFormatConvert". It reads the current settings in the controlDict and apply those to all file in all time directories.

Best regards,


idrama June 17, 2010 04:38

That a cool tool!


immortality September 3, 2013 07:43

Hi Niels
I changed
writeFormat binary;//ascii;//
and used foamFormatConvert in parallel form,but when open any file its still in ascii format.

ngj September 3, 2013 13:35

Hi Ehsan,

I suppose that you do something wrong, because it is working with me. Are you executing the correct command for parallel?

Try the following:


nProcs=`find ./ -maxdepth 1 -name "processor*" -type d | wc -l`; mpirun -np $nProcs foamFormatConvert -parallel
Kind regards


immortality September 3, 2013 15:54


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