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The cfview utility is now obsolete and no longer being maintained. The CGNSview utility available as part of the CGNS (CFD General Notation System) external link project is recommended for examining the contents of a common file. This tool provides a graphical user interface that makes navigating the file structure much easier.

cfview may be used to view (as text) the structure and contents of a common file, such as a common grid (.cgd) or common flow (.cfl) file. It arose out of a need to see the very guts of a common file without imposing any assumptions about "zones" or "boundaries", etc.

Input to cfview is specified through commands, described below. In the following list, | separates multiple choices, [] are delimiters surrounding optional entry(s), and {} are delimiters surrounding multiple entries when exactly one of them is required.

    FILE cfname   Open the common file cfname.

{EXIT | BYE} Exit cfview.

STATUS Display current node and list of subnodes and variables.

NODE "node_name" Select node node_name as current (quotes required).

ROOT Select root node as current node.

BACK Go back one node in the hierarchy.

{DUMP | LIST} NODE Print node header data.

{DUMP | LIST} VARIABLE vname [START beg] [END end] [INCREMENT inc]
Print data in variable vname in linear fashion, starting at beg (default is 1), ending at end (default is end of array), with increment inc (default is 1).

TREE [OUTPUT outfile] Print the structure of the common file, indicating the nodes and subnodes, and the variable names, sizes, and types.

Last updated 26 Aug 2015