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0003034OpenFOAM[All Projects] Bugpublic2018-08-24 12:42
ReporterSamMallinsonAssigned Tochris 
Status closedResolutionfixed 
PlatformwindowsOSUbuntuOS Version18.04
Product Version6 
Fixed in Version 
Summary0003034: Cannot run tutorials which use #calc
DescriptionInstalled OF-6 on Windows, as per
(although I actually followed the latest instructions for setting up WSL -

Successfully rang pitzDaily tutorial.

Tried running pipeCyclic tutorial, got the following error during blockMesh:

Creating block mesh from
Using #calcEntry at line 26 in file "/home/samuel/projects/test/pipeCyclic/system/blockMeshDict"
Using #codeStream with "/home/samuel/projects/test/pipeCyclic/dynamicCode/platforms/linux64GccDPInt32Opt/lib/"
Creating new library in "dynamicCode/_9f0331af3df6a7cc6ee98d1c4223d443c63f0773/platforms/linux64GccDPInt32Opt/lib/"
Invoking "wmake -s libso /home/samuel/projects/test/pipeCyclic/dynamicCode/_9f0331af3df6a7cc6ee98d1c4223d443c63f0773"
wmake libso /home/samuel/projects/test/pipeCyclic/dynamicCode/_9f0331af3df6a7cc6ee98d1c4223d443c63f0773
/opt/openfoam6/wmake/wmake: line 410: make: command not found
/opt/openfoam6/wmake/wmake: line 413: make: command not found
wmake error: file 'Make/linux64GccDPInt32Opt/sourceFiles' could not be created in /home/samuel/projects/test/pipeCyclic/dynamicCode/_9f0331af3df6a7cc6ee98d1c4223d443c63f0773

Failed wmake "dynamicCode/_9f0331af3df6a7cc6ee98d1c4223d443c63f0773/platforms/linux64GccDPInt32Opt/lib/"

file: /home/samuel/projects/test/pipeCyclic/system/blockMeshDict from line 17 to line 23.

    From function static void (* Foam::functionEntries::codeStream::getFunction(const Foam::dictionary&, const Foam::dictionary&))(Foam::Ostream&, const Foam::dictionary&)
    in file db/dictionary/functionEntries/codeStream/codeStream.C at line 218.

FOAM exiting


Ran other cases which use #calc and got the same error.
Steps To ReproduceInstall OF-6 on Windows.

Copy simpleFoam/pipeCyclic tutorial to working directory.

Additional InformationHave not encountered this error with OF-6 on other linux distros.
Tags#calc, OpenFOAM-6, Windows-10



2018-08-08 13:04

reporter   ~0009922

The #calc functionality needs to be able to compile some code which requires a working build environment. I guess that by default, WSL does not include such packages.


the following command should install all packages for the build environment:

"sudo apt-get install build-essential flex bison git-core cmake zlib1g-dev libboost-system-dev libboost-thread-dev libopenmpi-dev openmpi-bin gnuplot libreadline-dev libncurses-dev libxt-dev"

Of these at least the build-essential -package is needed for make.


2018-08-08 22:10

updater   ~0009933

@Chris: I believe the minimum changes needed so far in the page are as follows:

1. In the section "Installing OpenFOAM", update from OpenFOAM 5 to 6 or simply point to a category of Ubuntu packs?

2. Also in the section "Installing OpenFOAM", add a link to - as pointed out by tniemi.

Beyond this:
- I'm not sure if the section "Install Windows 10 Anniversary Update" is still needed.

- As for section "Activate Windows Subsystem for Linux", the link provided in the original report can be added as an alternative, namely


2018-08-09 06:41

reporter   ~0009937

Thanks tniemi! I can confirm that this worked for me on WSL/Ubunt1804.




2018-08-23 10:18

manager   ~0009992

@wyldckat, @tniemi:

Did a bit of an overhaul of the page, according to your suggestions:

I prefer the option suggested by @tniemi of just installing build-essential. The packaged version is not intended for a full compilation of source, but is clearly meant to support compilation of add-on applications and libraries, on-the-fly compiled code, etc

build-essential includes g++, gcc and make. g++ is a dependency on the openfoam pack itself, and I think gcc is a dependency of g++. My suspicion is that only "make" is missing, which we should probably just add as a dependency of the openfoam pack.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2018-08-08 04:02 SamMallinson New Issue
2018-08-08 04:02 SamMallinson Tag Attached: #calc
2018-08-08 04:02 SamMallinson Tag Attached: OpenFOAM-6
2018-08-08 04:02 SamMallinson Tag Attached: Windows-10
2018-08-08 13:04 tniemi Note Added: 0009922
2018-08-08 22:01 wyldckat Assigned To => chris
2018-08-08 22:01 wyldckat Status new => assigned
2018-08-08 22:10 wyldckat Note Added: 0009933
2018-08-09 06:41 SamMallinson Note Added: 0009937
2018-08-23 10:18 chris Note Added: 0009992
2018-08-24 12:42 chris Status assigned => closed
2018-08-24 12:42 chris Resolution open => fixed