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ANSYS Workbench Solution Status window disappears

    • peteroznewman

      When Mechanical is open and Solving, the following window appears.

      It is very useful for the two buttons on the bottom.

      Sometimes the window disappears (or never appears).

      How can the solution be Interrupted if that window is not on the screen?

    • Aniket
      Ansys Employee

      Hi peteroznewman,

      The Progress/Status window will not show up if you are submitting job to a remote machine/cluster or if you are running the analysis in batch mode. Otherwise, it should be available.

      You can also manually edit the location of the Progress/Status window by opening SOFTWARE.xml in the %appdata%AnsysV195UserRegFiles _(some number) folder.

      There is a line in the XML that looks like this: 

      VALUE ObjectName="ProgressWindowCoordinates" Value="0,0,402,178" ValueType="2"/

      It gives the x-y coordinates of the progress window diagonal. If the x-coordinates had gone negative or out-of-bounds, and setting them to positive values or zero should bring the window back. 

      Please note that before editing the above XML, all your WB sessions are closed. Save the changes in XML and open a fresh session and it should be all set.


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    • peteroznewman

      Hi Aniket,

      Thanks for the reply.

      The Progress/Status window is usually present, but a few times it has not been there on a local solve. You may be right about the pixel coordinates. I usually sit at a 16-core computer with multiple monitors where I submit the solve locally to My Computer from Mechanical.  Sometimes I will be on a laptop and use Remote Desktop Connection to the 16-core computer, then I only have one monitor.

      I have recently learned the Windows button with the Left or Right Arrow key combination to move open windows to the left or right monitors. That has saved me when I opened an Office document on Remote Desktop and the app is not on the screen.  Unfortunately, the Progress window doesn't show up as an app in the Alt-Tab cycle.

      I was wondering if the mechanism to interrupt was changing one of the files in the Solver Files Directory, which is read by the solver to tell it to interrupt the solution. Can I manually do what the button does when I press interrupt?  I'm less concerned with stopping, because I can use the Task Manager to End Task if I have to.


    • Aniket
      Ansys Employee

      To interrupt a running solution follow these steps:

      • create a file named file.abt (extension abt for abort use lower case). If it is a nonlinear analysis type nonlinear in the file(in notepad)

      • check the solve.out file for the scratch directory

      • scroll to the beginning of the solution output and look for "PARAMETER _WB_PROJECTSCRATCH_DIR(1)" to identify scratch folder

      • open the scratch folder in windows explorer and copy and paste the file.abt At the start of an iteration if the program finds this file (file.abt) it will abort the solution. This is similar to using interrupt solution in Mechanical. If there are solved substeps the results for the solved substeps should be available to check after interrupting the run

    • peteroznewman

      Perfect!  Thanks Aniket.

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