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IDF Parsing Error

asked 2016-06-21 12:22:59 -0500

Maryam's avatar

Hi all,

I wanted to edit my E+ file in IDF editor. My IDF file is the output of my OpentStudio-SketchUp model. But when I want to open the IDF editor it says "IDF Parsing Error". I have this error for lines 4861-4870 and then I have this one: "Too many errors when working with the file. Please examine the file in a text editor to fix" I checked the lines in notepad and they look fine.

Any ideas how to solve this?


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answered 2016-06-21 12:54:24 -0500

You need to modify the Energy+.idd file which is located in directory that you installed EnergyPlus. Open the Energy+.idd file in notepad or another text editor and search for "Schedule:Compact," that should bring you to the object description for that field. If you scroll down, you will notice that the last A field is A4500. You need to add additional fields in order to load your file into IDF Editor, so copy a bunch of the lines before that last line and just paste them in a couple of times. The actual count on the field names is not important, just as long as more "A" fields are shown. There should be commas between each field and the last field should end with a semicolon.

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answered 2016-06-21 14:06:10 -0500

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updated 2016-06-21 14:16:00 -0500

Thanks Jason, I did az you said. Now I have another error as you can see in the image.

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I would look carefully at the lines that you changed in the Energy+.idd file to make sure that no strange characters were added. It looks like a backquote (ASCII 239) has snuck in.

JasonGlazer's avatar JasonGlazer  ( 2016-06-21 14:16:36 -0500 )edit

I checked it and there were no strange characters. There are also two more errors coming after this one saying that there are ASCII 187 and ASCII 191 in the text.

Maryam's avatar Maryam  ( 2016-06-21 18:19:29 -0500 )edit

@Maryam this section is for answers only, please use the add a comment feature to comment on an answer or edit your post with additional information.

MatthewSteen's avatar MatthewSteen  ( 2016-06-21 19:14:42 -0500 )edit

It may be time to consider submitting the idf and idd files to the helpdesk so that we can take a look.

JasonGlazer's avatar JasonGlazer  ( 2016-06-22 06:48:12 -0500 )edit

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