SuSE RPM Pack Installation

SuSE RPM Pack Installation

Version 2.0.1, SuSE 11.3 released 04/08/11

SuSE Versions

OpenFOAM and Paraview are currently available for version 11.3 of SuSE. This is the first release of packs for this Linux distribution, so we encourage users to report queries or problems on the OpenFOAM bug-tracking system


We have generated RPM packs of OpenFOAM and Paraview for SuSE. The packs are dependent on other software, most of which is also available as standard RPM packs for SuSE. The exceptions are:

  • the openmpi library, which requires a version upgrade;
  • the scotch library, which does not exist as a standard pack, so we provide one here as part of the OpenFOAM installation;
  • the libpng12 library.

The RPM packs were generated by a conversion from corresponding Ubuntu Deb packs using Alien.

Before installing OpenFOAM, please ensure that your SuSE installation includes all the software in the Development package group in YaST, including gcc, make, etc. In the case of a Gnome only installation, ensure that the the libqt4 library is installed by executing the following at a terminal prompt:

sudo zypper in libqt4 libQtWebKit4

  1. The OpenFOAM binaries will not work with the default 1.2.8 version of openmpi. An updated (1.3.2) version of openmpi can be installed from the ’science’ repository as follows:

    sudo zypper ar science
    sudo zypper in openmpi=1.3.2
    Note: the OpenFOAM binaries were compiled with openmpi v1.4+ but we have run basic tests with v1.3.2 without problems.
  2. Multiple versions of openmpi can be installed on one system so the user should check that the correct version is being used by typing

    mpirun --version
    If the wrong version is being used, the correct version can be set by typing:

    mpi-selector --set openmpi-1.3.2
    After selecting, the user must log out and log in to the machine for the changes to take effect. Note the user can list the available versions of openmpi by typing:

    mpi-selector --list
  3. Install libpng12 by typing

    sudo zypper in libpng12-0
  4. EITHER, download and install Scotch, Paraview and OpenFOAM for 32 bit

    sudo rpm -i
    sudo rpm -i
    sudo rpm -i
    sudo rpm -i --nodeps
    OR, download and install Scotch, Paraview and OpenFOAM for 64 bit.

    sudo rpm -i --badreloc --relocate /usr/lib=/usr/lib64
    sudo rpm -i --badreloc --relocate /usr/lib=/usr/lib64
    sudo rpm -i
    sudo rpm -i --nodeps

Note: the --nodeps option is used to ignore the dependency on /usr/xpg4/bin/sh; additionally, the user should ignore the warning ’postinst called with unknown argument 1’.

OpenFOAM-2.0.1 and Paraview-3.10.1 are now installed in the /opt directory.

User Configuration

In order to use the installed OpenFOAM package, complete the following

  1. Open the .bashrc file in the user’s home directory in an editor, e.g. by typing in a terminal window (note the dot)

    gedit ~/.bashrc
  2. At the bottom of that file, add the following line (see Note 1) and save the file

    source /opt/openfoam201/etc/bashrc
  3. Open a new terminal window (see Note 2) and test that the icoFoam application, from the OpenFOAM package, is working by typing

    icoFoam -help
  4. A “Usage” message should appear. Your installation and user configuration is complete.

Note 1: If a similar line has already been added to the user’s .bashrc file, e.g. for a previous version of OpenFOAM, then the line should be deleted or, alternatively, commented out by inserting a # at the beginning of the line.
Note 2: If a user wishes to execute icoFoam in the same terminal window, they must first register the change to the .bashrc file by typing at the terminal prompt (note the dots):  source $HOME/.bashrc

Getting Started

Create a project directory within the $HOME/OpenFOAM directory named <USER>-2.0.1 (e.g. chris-2.0.1 for user chris and OpenFOAM version 2.0.1) and create a directory named run within it, e.g. by typing:

mkdir -p $FOAM_RUN
Copy the tutorial examples directory in the OpenFOAM distribution to the run directory. If the OpenFOAM environment variables are set correctly, then the following command will be correct:

Run the first example case of incompressible laminar flow in a cavity:

cd $FOAM_RUN/tutorials/incompressible/icoFoam/cavity
Refer to the OpenFOAM User Guide to get started.

Reporting Bugs in OpenFOAM

We appreciate that bugs in OpenFOAM are reported so we can fix them. Please refer to the OpenFOAM bugs pages to report bugs.