Reading mesh and functions from XDMF Timeseries

13 months ago by
Can I use the XDMFFile Class to get the mesh and functions of an earlier written time series?
Minimum not working example with dolfin 2017.2.0.dev0 on debian:

#creating and saving mesh
from fenics import *

XDMFFile = XDMFFile("temp.xdmf")
mesh = BoxMesh(Point(0, 0, 0), Point(1, 1, 1),5,5,5)

V=FunctionSpace(mesh, 'P', 1)
u = Function(V)

#write function with timestamp.
XDMFFile.write(u, float(0))

and after resetting / new console:

from fenics import *
mesh = Mesh()
XDMFFILE = XDMFFile("temp.xdmf")

Thanks for your help


The Error message:

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*** Error:   Unable to recognise cell type.
*** Reason:  Unknown value "".
*** Where:   This error was encountered inside XDMFFile.cpp.
*** Process: 0
*** DOLFIN version: 2017.2.0.dev0
*** Git changeset:  8a9b150311981abdcb72e808bd5b1657f2384aa4
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1 Answer

13 months ago by
The version of XDMF in the current interface is not suitable for restoring function values. You should look at the "HDF5File" interface instead.
So I have to save it twice, once for visualization and once for later acces? (I'll use the TimeSeries class and the XDMF File now)
written 13 months ago by Baltasar  
Unfortunately, that is the case - you must save as HDF5 and XDMF. The XDMF format is really only for visualisation, at present. We have a project currently to improve the situation.
written 13 months ago by Chris Richardson  
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