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Old   March 8, 2012, 12:37
Default Automatic figures/picture extraction from paraFoam.
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Hi All,

I am quite new to OpenFOAM- and have just about managed to install and run the examples in OpenFoam (cavity, dam..).

I find it rather annoying to launch paraFoam and extract results for individual cases or timesteps. Id rather have a code, which automates this process and throws my *.pngs in my directory.

Is there a way to (efficiently) do this? I tried for example, following:

but, I get some nasty exceptions as below (+ the perl script fails to execute):

Reading startup template case: cavity_base
Clone base to new current: cavity_U0.2_init1
Make mesh: cavity_U0.2_init1
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "", line 62, in <module>
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/PyFoam/Execution/", line 38, in __init__
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/PyFoam/Execution/", line 33, in __init__
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/PyFoam/Execution/", line 100, in __init__
error("Solution directory",self.dir,"does not exist. No use running. Problem:",e)
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/PyFoam/", line 49, in error
raise FatalErrorPyFoamException(*text)
PyFoam.Error.FatalErrorPyFoamException: FatalError in PyFoam: 'PyFoam FATAL ERROR on line 100 of file /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/PyFoam/Execution/ Solution directory -case/cavity_U0.2_init1 does not exist. No use running. Problem: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/home/ram/OpenFOAM/ram-2.1.0/run/tutorials/incompressible/icoFoam/cavity/cavityseries/-case/cavity_U0.2_init1''
./ 3: not found
find: `cavity_U*init1/Images': No such file or directory
movies created
find: `cavity_U*init1/Images': No such file or directory

Is there an easier way to extract images and possibly even the data (in csv maybe?) without using the GUI? I m using OF2.1 and ParaView 3.12.0 64bit.

Many thanks for all you time and help.


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