[Sidefx-houdini-list] non-hardened environment variables in IFDs?

Georg Duemlein rdg at preset.de
Thu Oct 21 17:07:44 EDT 2010

Wow! Look's like email art.

However: If this doesn't work for you:
why not pipe the IFD through a python \/perl script and munge the paths?

foo.ifd > myMunger.py > mantra -j 0 -whateva

Depending on the size of your IFDs perl might be a valid option. Last time
I checked it still was noticable faster in string replacement than a "for
line in readlines".
awk might be an even more hardcore option here.

On Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:34:53 -0700, Robert Kelly
<meshsmooth at optusnet.com.au> wrote:
> So with the thread alive again It looks like they didn't find an
> answer. Has anyone done path changing with Python Filtering of IFD's
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Georg Duemlein
> I've got a bookmark for this thread - it's coming up regularly :)
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Peter Bowmar
> I believe the paths are expanded, however I recall some voodoo to hack
> IFD files to do what you describe, maybe the Python filtering will now
> work :)
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> re stating My question
>          Should one IFD be able to be rendered cross platform? windows /
>          mac
> Can i create an IFD on a windows box that will be able to render on
> both windows and mac using environment variable like $JOB inside the
> IFD with $JOB being set one way for windows and another for the mac
> boxes then the IFD?
> Or are the paths always collapsed into one path when the IFD is made
> and it will only work on one platform so deal with it?
> I expect Dealing with it  may be Python filtering the IFD's to replace
> all "X:/Projects' with "/Volumes/Projects"..... is that the answer?
>>>>>>>>>>>old thread brought back from the dead
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>  Email 4
> On 11 July 2007 12:09, ken <ken at corefa.com> wrote:
>> oh yeah, ick...forgot about all that.
>> We use renderman here and have adopted strong usage of RiFilters to
>> parse and filter our rib files. We proposed the same thing for Mantra
>> they have done some work exposing standard python filtering for IFD in
>> H9.
>> Only think I could think of is to store your env vars and create a
>> file (mapping the expansion of the variable in an array) so you can
>> quickly
>> post process your IFDs (which is probably what you are doing already).
>> I can't think of a "nice" way to do this across the board in a hip
>> You
>> can't clobber them all with a mapping file via "opchange" since that
>> might
>> break any cooking you have going during the generation of the IFD.
>> -k
>> Darran Edmundson wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>email 3
>>> Hi Ken,
>>> The issue with a pre-render script is that there's no easy way of
>>> determining where environment variables are hiding.  ROPs for sure,
>>> texture
>>> maps in shaders yes, but also geometry render tabs for instanced
>>> geometry.
>>>  At least in the ifd everything is in one location ;-)  And the
>>> postrender
>>> script can get the expanded $HIP as an argument to search on.  I don't
>>> like
>>> having to do this though.  It would be really nice to have a number of
>>> environment variables in the IFD ($JOB_MAPDIR, $JOB_RENDERDIR, etc.).
>>> Cheers,
>>> Darran.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> email 2
> Can you protect $VARNAME with \$VARNAME... you could make a python
> script to put the backslash there on the preRenderScript field of the
> ROP.
> maybe?
> -k
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> email 1
> Is it possible for Houdini to *not* expand environment variables when
> writing to IFD?
> More generally, what options are there for dealing with relative paths
> when moving from one's local machine over to a render node?  For a
> given project, I tend to create a directory tree with one or more .hip
> files in the root folder.  Resources are then referenced as
> $HIP/shaders, $HIP/maps, etc.  In the ROP, I'll then prepend my output
> filenames with $HIP/render/diff, $HIP/render/spec, etc.  This works
> great on the local machine.  However, writing to .ifd, the $HIP (or
> any other environment variable) gets expanded.  My hack is to run a
> post-render script that does a search/replace of the hardened strings,
> converting them back to envvars.  Of course this only works with ascii
> IFD.
> I'd be very interested in hearing how others deal with path issues ...
> Cheers,
> Darran.
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