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linux ide (editor) for energyplus idf files

asked 2018-09-16 10:16:57 -0600

zhukovgreen gravatar image

Is there some analog of IDFeditor for Linux? I found only which looks not that maintained.

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The IDF+ Editor that was referenced is at an alpha stage of development and continues to be worked on by it's main developer, Matt Doiron, who has made over 60 commits so far this year (as of September 2018) in a project he started in 2014. I tested a earlier version of it and it is remarkably functional already.

JasonGlazer gravatar imageJasonGlazer ( 2018-09-18 05:49:24 -0600 )edit

The current problem is the packaging that's inexistent. Zips provided don't run on my Ubuntu 16.04, and that means I'd have to build PySide from scratch (python3-pyside can be installed via apt but he uses 2.7), then IDFplus, which seems too inconvenient. I'd love to see a .deb package.

Julien Marrec gravatar imageJulien Marrec ( 2018-09-18 11:25:05 -0600 )edit

recently python3-pyside2 was released

zhukovgreen gravatar imagezhukovgreen ( 2018-09-19 00:39:32 -0600 )edit

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answered 2018-09-18 03:09:04 -0600

updated 2018-09-18 03:09:38 -0600

There isn't, neither for Linux nor Mac. Please take a minute to go upvote this feature request 6551 on E+ GitHub to show that you care about true cross-platform compatibility. I opened this as a uservoice request and remember getting some votes but they were lost in the transition to GitHub issue for new features, and this one has fallen way out the radar.

One alternative is to install the Windows version of EnergyPlus on linux using WineHQ, and install missing DLLs using winetricks. I use Ubuntu 16.04 and both EP-Launch and IDF Editor run well and stable (unlike for eg Sketchup 2017 which is a nightmare).

When I need to run it, I just do this and the GUI launches (don't mind the mistmatched versions, I was too lazy to find an E+ 8.8.0 example file)

$ cd /home/julien/.wine/drive_c/EnergyPlusV8-8-0
$ wine EP-Launch.exe

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Just going to evolve the answer. The missing dll is msvbvm60.dll. You can find it inside windows installation and you need to copy it to the directory ~/.wine/drive_c/EnergyPlusV8-9-0 and inside ~/.wine/drive_c/EnergyPlusV8-9-0/PreProcess/IDFEditor/

zhukovgreen gravatar imagezhukovgreen ( 2018-09-19 01:31:35 -0600 )edit

Or winetricks like I said, especially if you don't have a windows installation.

Julien Marrec gravatar imageJulien Marrec ( 2018-09-19 02:24:07 -0600 )edit

yep, sorry skipped this

zhukovgreen gravatar imagezhukovgreen ( 2018-09-19 09:15:21 -0600 )edit

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