[mesa-users] Additional profile_column fails to graph in pgstar

Michael Medford michaelmedford at gmail.com
Sun Oct 12 09:48:37 EDT 2014

Evan and Bill,

Thanks for the responses. I'll look to some outside software to graph the
data that I received from my profile.data. Looking forward to the next


On Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM, Bill Paxton <paxton at kitp.ucsb.edu> wrote:

> For the next release (coming soon!), I've added the ability for pgstar to
> show user defined columns for both profiles and histories.
> It is now even possible to make pgstar grids including plots from astero
> or binary in addition to the star plots.
> Things are slowly coming together.  ;D
> -Bill
> On Oct 10, 2014, at 9:47 PM, Evan Bauer wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> I ran into a similar problem a few months ago. As far as I can tell, MESA
> does not currently have the ability to plot user-defined profile columns
> live in pgstar. It seems that pgstar plotting of profile objects is
> strictly limited to the set of profile elements found in
> star/defaults/profile_columns.list. You need not necessarily record an
> element of that list to plot it in pgstar, but it has to be one of the
> items found in that file for MESA to know what you want it to try to plot.
> Pgstar does seem to do just fine in plotting user-defined history columns,
> but I think the handling of these objects is somewhat different, since in
> the case of history columns I believe you need to be recording a column in
> order to plot it.
> Of course you can always resort to recording your “specific_entropy” and
> plotting it yourself when your run is complete. That’s what I ended up
> doing in my case, since live pgstar plotting is never strictly necessary. I
> agree that it would be convenient to have that option though. Perhaps there
> is some workaround of which I am not yet aware?
> Cheers,
> Evan
> *From:* Michael Medford [mailto:michaelmedford at gmail.com]
> *Sent:* Friday, October 10, 2014 8:24 PM
> *To:* mesa-users at lists.sourceforge.net
> *Subject:* [mesa-users] Additional profile_column fails to graph in pgstar
> Hello,
> I have followed the tutorials and with some help from a colleague,
> successfully added a profile_column to my run_star_extras.f (attached). It
> is called specific_entropy and it is quite simply defined. I'm hoping to
> advance to more complicated variables once I've got this kind figured out.
> When examining my profiles.data (attached), I can clearly see that the
> variable is properly calculated. And yet when I try to call this
> profile_column in a Profile_Panels from inlist_pgstar (attached), I receive
> the following error:
> failed to recognize item for profile columns: specific_entropy
> bad other yaxis for Profile panels plot specific_entropy
> Is there something that I am not understanding about how Profile_panels is
> fed information? I thought that it read the profiles.data and printed out
> the recorded values. Any help in explaining this error would be really
> appreciated.
> Thanks!
> ~Michael
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