Common GEOS-Chem error messages

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Here is a list of some commonly-encountered GEOS-Chem error messages. Also be sure to visit our Machine issues and portability wiki page for a list of compiler-specific issues.



Compile-time warnings and errors

In this section we discuss some compilation warnings that you may encounter.

  • Warnings are not generally fatal—GEOS-Chem will usually continue to compile while an informational message is displayed.
  • Errors, on the other hand, will halt the GEOS-Chem compilation process.

Error in opening the compiled module file

RnPbBe_mod.F(118): error #7002: Error in opening the compiled module file.  Check INCLUDE paths.   [CHEMGRID_MOD]
RnPbBe_mod.F(118): error #6580: Name in only-list does not exist.   [ITS_IN_THE_STRATMESO]
compilation aborted for RnPbBe_mod.F (code 1)

This error message usually indicates indicates a typo in the Makefile dependencies section. For example, the above error was caused by this Makefile code

rnpbbe_mod.o               : RnPbBe_mod.F                                   \
                             chemgrid_mod.o          diag_mod.o             \

because the capitalization of the object file name did not exactly correspond to the source code file name. The compilation process died with the above error because it was expecting to find a module file named RnPbBe_mod.o but could not.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 16:19, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

Module file cannot be read

If you should encounter this type of error:

ifort -cpp -w -O2 -auto -noalign -convert big_endian -openmp -Dmultitask -c time_mod.f
fortcom: Error: time_mod.f, line 259: This module file was generated for a different 
platform or by an incompatible compiler or compiler release. It cannot be read.   [JULDAY_MOD]

Then this means that you are trying to link to previously-created *.mod files that were generated by a different compiler. Making clean and re-compiling from scratch should solve this problem.

--Bob Y. 13:39, 1 July 2008 (EDT)

Intel Fortran 17 compilation error (also can happen with GNU Fortran)

Ifort 17 error.png

If you are using GEOS-Chem v10-01 with the Intel Fortran Compiler version 17 (or with any recent version of the GNU Fortran compiler) then you might encounter the above error. These newer compilers are much stricter in their interpretations of the Fortran standard, and thus do not like the way that a couple of routines in the NcdfUtil and HEMCO/ folders have been written.

The best way to solve this error is to upgrade to the GEOS-Chem v11-01 public release. In this version, the offending code has been rewritten in such a way that it is compatible with the newest versions of the Intel Fortran Compiler and GNU Fortran Compiler. For complete instructions on how to downloaad GEOS-Chem v11-01, please visit the GEOS-Chem Online User's Guide.

For more information about this bug, please see this post on our Intel Fortran Compiler wiki page.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 16:17, 28 February 2017 (UTC)

f77: command not found

/bin/bash: f77: command not found
make[1]: Leaving directory 'merra2_05x0625_CH4_na'
../ *** "Select a compiler: COMPILER=ifort, COMPILER=pgi, COMPILER=gfortran".  Stop.
make[1]: *** [all] Error 2
make: *** [mp] Error 2

The above error happens when GEOS-Chem cannot determine the name of your Fortran compiler. To fix this issue, make sure to specify the proper Unix environment variables in your .bashrc or .cshrc startup script. For complete instructions, please see our Environment variables that specify compiler names wiki post.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 17:23, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

Internal threshold was exceeded

This warning is specific to the Intel Fortran Compiler. It usually happens when you try to optimize a complex module or subroutine. Please see this post on the site for a full explanation.

--Bob Y. 15:32, 22 August 2012 (EDT)

Compile-time errors caused by compiler bugs

A few GEOS-Chem errors have been traced to bugs in the compiler that was used to build the GEOS-Chem executable. For your convenience, we have collated a list of these issues. Please see our our Known issues caused by compiler bugs wiki page for more information.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 19:13, 13 April 2016 (UTC)

Failed in XMAP_R4R4 error

If you are using the Intel Fortran Compiler 15, then you may encounter an error such as this:

forrtl: severe (408): fort: (2): Subscript #1 of the array LON2 has value 1 which is greater than the upper bound of -1

Image              PC                Routine            Line        Source       00002B9EFA2188D3  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown            00000000011FCE35  regrid_a2a_mod_mp        1914  regrid_a2a_mod.F90        00002B9EFB70A8A3  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown

Cause: A compiler bug in Intel Fortran Compiler version 15.

Solution: If you are using array-out-of-bounds checking, make sure to compile GEOS-Chem with these flags: BOUNDS=y DEBUG=y. For more information, see this post on our HEMCO wiki page.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 17:18, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Seg fault in HEMCO with Intel Fortran 12, 13, or 14

In GEOS-Chem versions from v10-01 up to v11-01j, this error can occur with versions 12, 13, and 14 of the Intel Fortran Compiler.

  forrtl: severe (174): SIGSEGV, segmentation fault occurred
  Image              PC                Routine            Line        Source             
  geos               0000000000ADDCF4  hcoio_dataread_mo        2810  hcoio_dataread_mod.F90
  geos               0000000000AD84DE  hcoio_dataread_mo        2499  hcoio_dataread_mod.F90
  geos               0000000000AB8971  hco_readlist_mod_         438  hco_readlist_mod.F90
  geos               0000000000AB8398  hco_readlist_mod_         267  hco_readlist_mod.F90
  geos               0000000000AA99A6  hco_driver_mod_mp         138  hco_driver_mod.F90
  geos               0000000000844C07  hcoi_gc_main_mod_         546  hcoi_gc_main_mod.F90
  geos               0000000000801A2E  emissions_mod_mp_         172  emissions_mod.F90
  geos               00000000006720B7  MAIN__                    834  main.F

For a workaround, please see this post on our HEMCO wiki page.

NOTE: A similar workaround has been introduced into the v11-01 public release, which uses a newer version of HEMCO.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 21:50, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

Run-time crashes and abnormal exits

In this section, we provide information about some commonly-reported run-time errors that cause GEOS-Chem to halt executing.

List-directed I/O syntax error

List directed io error.png

The above error message indicates that the simulation crashed at line 871 in GeosCore/input_mod.F. This means there was an issue while reading the input.geos file (located in the run directory). For example, GEOS-Chem might have expected numeric input, but instead a character was read from input.geos, thus causing a read error. This type of error can occur the input.geos corresponds to a version of GEOS-Chem that is different from yours.

This error is not limited to input.geos; it can happen for any text file that is being read from disk (both in GEOS-Chem and in any other Fortran programs you may write).

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 15:51, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

UCX not defined at compile time

Executable run pg4.png

This error may occur if you are compiling GEOS-Chem (v11-01 and prior versions) and directly from the source code directory and not a run directory. Whenever you compile GEOS-Chem in the source code directory, you must remember to use the following Makefile options:

CHEM=Standard UCX=y   # Standard simulation (used for benchmarking GC)

CHEM=UCX UCX=y        # UCX simulation (i.e. Standard simulation w/o SOA species)

To avoid these errors, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you always compile GEOS-Chem from a run directory. This will ensure that the Makefile switches relevant to your simulation will always be activated. For more information, please see these wiki posts:

NOTE: In GEOS-Chem v11-02 and higher versions, the Makefile option UCX=y will automatically be set whenever you select CHEM=Standard or CHEM=UCX.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 15:43, 10 April 2017 (UTC)

No output scheduled on last day of run

If you encounter this error at the start of your GEOS-Chem simulation:

GEOS-CHEM ERROR: No output scheduled on last day of run!
STOP at IS_LAST_DAY_GOOD ("input_mod.f")

This means that you have not told GEOS-Chem to save out diagnostic data on the day that your simulation ends. GEOS-Chem adds this error check in order to prevent you from running a long simulation only to have no diagnostics printed out at the end of the run.

For more information on how to schedule diagnostic output in GEOS-Chem, please see the OUTPUT MENU section of the input.geos file on the GEOS-Chem wiki.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 15:51, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

HEMCO Run Error

Errors messages containing "HCO" originate in the HEMCO emissions component. For example:

 STOP at HCOI_GC_RUN (hcoi_gc_main_mod.F90)

Additional helpful diagnostic information can be found in the HEMCO log file, which is usually named HEMCO.log.

--Chris Holmes (talk) 15:42, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

Updated error message for v11-01

In GEOS-Chem v11-01 and higher versions, additional text instructs the user to also check the HEMCO log file.

 HEMCO ERROR: Please check the HEMCO log file for error messages!
 STOP at HCOI_GC_RUN (GeosCore/hcoi_gc_main_mod.F90)

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 20:50, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

Allocation error

If your GEOS-Chem simulation dies with this error output:

GEOS-CHEM ERROR: Allocation error in array: MY_ARRAY
STOP at alloc_err.f

then this means that you do not have enough memory to run your simulation. This type of error can frequently occur if you are running a full-chemistry simulation at the 2° x 2.5° global grid, or one of the 0.5° x 0.666° nested grids. You may need to tell your queuing system to make more memory available for your GEOS-Chem simulation. Ask your IT staff for details.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 22:15, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

Permission denied error

If you receive this error: Permission denied. 

after having submitted a run script to a queue system (such as SLURM or Grid Engine), then doublecheck the Unix permissions of your script. If the script does not have the Unix "execute" permission then the queue system will not be able to run it.

Use the Unix chmod command to make your script executable

chmod 755

and then re-submit the script to the queue system.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 22:17, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

N_/L2_/L2-cutoff JXTRA error

NOTE: This issue was resolved in v11-01d.

---> DATE: 2013/11/13  GMT: 19:00  X-HRS:     307.000
     - Found all 44 GEOS-FP A1     met fields for 2013/11/13 19:30
N_/L2_/L2-cutoff JXTRA:  601   96     0.00
N_/L2_/L2-cutoff JXTRA:  601   96     0.00
... run dies later with NaN's in chemistry ...

If you are using a version of GEOS-Chem prior to v11-01d, then you might have experienced this error, where a simulation using GEOS-FP or MERRA met fields dies in the chemistry solver after many such "JXTRA" warnings are printed to the log file.

This error has been attributed to a bug in the GEOS-FP and MERRA convection module, and was resolved in v11-01d. Upgrading to the GEOS-Chem v11-01 public release code or (patching your GEOS-Chem v10-01 code with this fix) will solve the issue.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 23:12, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

KPP "Step size too small" error

The following abnormal exit from the KPP chemical solver:

Forced exit from Rosenbrock due to the following error:
--> Step size too small: T + 10*H = T or H < Roundoff
T=   3044.21151383269      and H=  1.281206877135470E-012

Forced exit from Rosenbrock due to the following error:
--> Step size too small: T + 10*H = T or H < Roundoff
T=   3044.21151383269      and H=  1.281206877135470E-012
failed twice !!!

indicates that the chemistry could not converge to a solution in the given grid box. Possible reasons for this could be:

  1. A particular tracer has numerically underflowed or overflowed. This can happen especially in the aerosol chemistry and equilibrium routines, where many exponentials and logarithms are used in the algorithms.
  2. The restart file is not appropriate for the given simulation. For example, if the restart file was created using the Synoz O3 flux boundary condtion, but you have turned on the Linoz stratospheric O3 chemistry, then this mismatch can cause the solver not to converge. You can try switching to a restart file generated from a simulation with the same input options as the simulation that you wish to perform.

You may have to manually adjust the convergence criteria in the GEOS-Chem code to fix this condition.

--Bob Y. 11:30, 9 November 2010 (EST)

Mixed file access modes error

This error is particular to the Intel Fortran Compiler. You might encounter this in conjunction with the ND49 timeseries diagnostic.

According to the Intel website:

severe (31): Mixed file access modes

FOR$IOS_MIXFILACC. An attempt was made to use any of the following combinations:
* Formatted and unformatted operations on the same unit
* An invalid combination of access modes on a unit, such as direct and sequential
* An Intel® Fortran RTL I/O statement on a logical unit that was opened by a program coded in another language

Here are a few suggestions to try if you haven’t already:

  1. Make sure you don’t already have a ND49 file in the location that you’re writing. In other words, make sure GEOS-Chem isn’t trying to write to a file that already exists.
  2. Do “make realclean”, recompile, and run again to see if the error is persistent.
  3. Are you using an out-of-the-box version of the code or a modified version? If the latter, do you still get this error with a “clean” copy of the code?
  4. Is there a particular READ/WRITE format statement that is causing the problem? You could try compiling with BOUNDS=y TRACEBACK=y FPE=y DEBUG=y and running in totalview (do “module load totalview” first on Odyssey) to locate the problematic line.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 19:07, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

Negative tracer found in WETDEP

If your simulation encounters negative (or NaN) tracer concentrations in the WETDEP routine, then this can be an indication of a problem further upsteam, perhaps in the aerosol routines (highly probable if the tracer is SO4, SO4s, HNO3, SO2, or NH3). We have fixed some of these bugs by making the code more robust. If you are using a GEOS-Chem version prior to v8-01-01, then you should get these patches. (These patches have been added to the standard GEOS-Chem code in versions higher than v8-01-01.) Please see the following links for more information:

If the fixes above do not solve your problem, you will need to debug. The first step is to use few calls to CHECK_STT (from tracer_mod.f) to isolate the part of the code where negative tracers are created. This can be done quite fast if the code dies early enough in the run.

--Bob Y. 12:50, 15 July 2011 (EDT)

Segmentation faults

If your simulation dies with a segmentation fault error, this means that GEOS-Chem tried to access an invalid memory location. We list several instances of segmentation faults below.

Severe(174) SIGSEGV error

NOTE: In this section, we shall use the Intel Fortran Compiler error messages. You may get a slightly different error message if you are using a different compiler (such as GNU Fortran).

If you compiled GEOS-Chem with the IFORT compiler, you may encounter the following error message:

forrtl: severe (174): SIGSEGV, segmentation fault occurred

This means that a segmentation fault (i.e. memory error) has occurred during your GEOS-Chem simulation. This can be caused by:

Traceback error stack

NOTE: TRACEBACK=yes is turned on by default in v11-01 and higher versions.

When GEOS-Chem is compiled with the TRACEBACK=yes option, it will print out an error stack, which includes the list of routines that were called when the error occurred and the line at which the error occurred.

An error stack is included below:

forrtl: severe (174): SIGSEGV, segmentation fault occurred
Image              PC                Routine            Line        Source      00002ACA46B91961  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown      00002ACA46B900B7  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown    00002ACA4473D682  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown    00002ACA4473D4D6  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown    00002ACA4471DD4C  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown    00002ACA44721DB8  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown    00000031A0A0F710  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown            000000000175FF79  hco_interface_mod         341  hco_interface_mod.F90            00000000005F1F47  carbon_mod_mp_emi        5490  carbon_mod.F            00000000016EAF33  emissions_mod_mp_         206  emissions_mod.F90            00000000010BB119  MAIN__                   1383  main.F            000000000040370E  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown          00000031A061ED5D  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown            0000000000403619  Unknown               Unknown  Unknown

The top line with a valid routine and line number printed is the location of the error. In this case, there is an issue in hco_interface_mod.F at line 341. You may also choose to step back through the routines to determine what went wrong. Again, in this case, the problematic routine in hco_interface_mod.F90 was called from carbon_mod.F (line 5490), etc. It may be useful to recompile and rerun GEOS-Chem with additional debug options turned on (e.g. BOUNDS=yes, FPE-yes) to determine the cause of the error. For more information, see our GEOS-Chem coding and debugging wiki page.

Array-out-of-bounds error

Most often, a segmentation fault indicates an array out-of-bounds condition. To find out more information about where this error is occurring, recompile GEOS-Chem with the following Makefile options:

make realclean

The BOUNDS=yes option will turn on Array Out-of-Bounds error checking. The TRACEBACK=yes option will print out the Error Stack, as described above. These options will provide more detailed error output.

After recompiling, you should receive an error message such as:

forrtl: severe (408): fort: (3): Subscript #1 of the array PBL_THICK has value -1000000 which is less than the lower bound of 1

This tells you that there is a problem with a certain array. Use the Unix grep command to search for all instances of this array in the GEOS-Chem source code:

grep -i PBL_THICK *.f*

and search for the problem.

NOTE: In the above example, we manually forced an out-of-bounds error with this line of code:

        !### FORCE OOB error for testing
        PBL_THICK(-1000000,J)   = BLTHIK

Removing this line will fix the error.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 22:19, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

Invalid memory access

A segmentation fault can also happen if GEOS-Chem makes an reference to a memory location that is invalid. You may see an error message such as this:

severe (174): SIGSEGV, segmentation fault occurred
This message indicates that the program attempted an invalid memory reference.
Check the program for possible errors.

This can happen if you are trying to read data from a file into an array, but the array is too small to hold all of the data. You can use a debugger (such as Totalview or IDB) to try to diagnose the situation. You may receive an error message from the debugger similar to this one:

 Thread received signal SEGV
 stopped at [<opaque> for_read_seq_xmit(...) 0x40000000006b6500] 
 Information:  An <opaque> type was presented during execution of 
 the previous command.  For complete type information on this symbol,
 recompilation of the program will be necessary.  Consult the compiler
 man pages for details on producing full symbol table information using   
 the '-g' (and '-gall' for cxx) flags.

Usually, increasing the size of the array (i.e. until it is large enough to contain all of the data) will fix this problem.

--Bob Y. 15:57, 22 June 2012 (EDT)

Stack overflow

Finally, a segmentation fault can happen if GEOS-Chem uses up all of the available stack memory on your system. The stack memory is a special part of the memory where short-term variables get stored.

The compiler will typically place into the stack memory all local temporary variables, such as:

  • variables that are local to a given subroutine
  • variables that are NOT located within a COMMON block
  • variables that are NOT declared with the SAVE attribute
  • variables that are NOT declared as an ALLOCATABLE array
  • variables that are NOT declared as a POINTER variable or array

Therefore, it is important to make sure that your computational environment is set up to use the maximum amount of stack memory. You can do this by placing the following line in your .cshrc file:

limit stacksize unlimited

or .bashrc file:

 ulimit -s unlimited

If you encounter a SIGSEGV(174) message due to a stacksize memory error, you may see the following error text:

severe (174): SIGSEGV, possible program stack overflow occurred
Program requirements exceed current stacksize resource limit.

--Bob Y. 15:57, 22 June 2012 (EDT)

forrtl: error (76): IOT trap signal

Xun Jiang wrote:

We met the following error message
   forrtl: severe (174): SIGSEGV, segmentation fault occurred

   Stack trace terminated abnormally.
   forrtl: error (76): IOT trap signal

   Note: The error appears after
   - RDSOIL: Reading
I have the following lines in .cshrc
   setenv KMP_STACKSIZE 329033024
   limit cputime     unlimited
   limit datasize    unlimited
   limit stacksize   unlimited
   limit filesize    unlimited
   limit memoryuse   unlimited
   limit descriptors unlimited
However, it still doesn't work. Any suggestion is really appreciated.

Bob Yantosca replied:

I found this internet post which has an explanation:
   The stack size for child threads are overflowing.  The main stack size for the program 
   is changed by the ulimit command (in Bash shell) or limit command (in C shell). 
   However this environment variable does not set the size for the child thread stack size. 
   Thus the child thread stack overflow.

   Set the environment variables to increase the child thread stack size.

   #for intel, using bash shell
   export KMP_STACKSIZE=500000000

   # for intel, using csh or tcsh shell
   setenv KMP_STACKSIZE 500000000
For more information, please see our wiki post on Resetting the stack size for Linux.

--Bob Y. 11:20, 26 June 2012 (EDT)

Segmentation fault encountered after TPCORE initialization

You may encounter a segmentation fault right after the following text is printed.

NASA-GSFC Tracer Transport Module successfully initialized

This error usually occurs when:

  1. You are running GEOS-Chem at sufficiently fine resolution, such as 2° x 2.5° or finer. (Many users have reported that this error does not occur at 4° x 5° resolution.)
  2. You are using a large number of advected tracers.
  3. Both #1 and #2

If you are using the Intel Fortran Compiler, the cause of this error can likely be traced to a known issue with the the glibc library. This will cause GEOS-Chem to think that it has used up all of the available memory, when in fact there is plenty of memory still available. However, you may also encounter this same error even if you have compiled GEOS-Chem with a different compiler.

You can usually correct this error by manually telling your system to use the maximum amount of stack memory when running GEOS-Chem. For detailed instructions, please see the following links:

  1. Setting stacksize for the Intel Fortran Compiler (aka "IFORT")
  2. Setting stacksize for the PGI Compiler
  3. Setting stacksize for the Sun Studio compiler

--Bob Y. 16:07, 14 December 2010 (EST)

Bad GEOS-4 A6 met data causing segmentation fault

Please see this post about bad GEOS-4 A6 met data causing a segmentation fault in GEOS-Chem simulations.

--Bob Y. 15:19, 16 February 2010 (EST)

Other memory-related errors

The errors listed below, which occur infrequently, are related to invalid memory operations. These can especially occur with POINTER-based variables.

Bus Error

A bus error means that you are trying to reference memory that cannot possibly be there. The website has a definition of bus error and how it differs from a segmentation fault.

One cause of a bus error can be if you are trying to call a subroutine with the wrong number of arguments (i.e. usually too many arguments).

--Bob Y. 12:27, 19 October 2012 (EDT)

Dwarf subprogram entry error

The error message:

 Dwarf subprogram entry L_ROUTINE-NAME__LINE-NUMBER__par_loop2_2_576 has high_pc < low_pc. 
 This warning will not be repeated for other occurrences.

can occur when you try to use a pointer variable that is unassociated (i.e. that is not currently pointing to any other variable) from within an OpenMP parallel loop, where:

  1. ROUTINE-NAME is the name of the routine where the error occurred, and
  2. LINE-NUMBER is the line where the error occurred.

We recently discovered that this error can be caused if you have a pointer declaration such as this:

 TYPE(Species), POINTER :: ThisSpc => NULL()

where the pointer ThisSpc is later used to point to another variable from within an OpenMP parallel loop. As it turns out, the above declaration statement will inadvertently cause pointer ThisSpc to be declared with the SAVE attribute. This can cause a segmentation fault, because all pointers used within an OpenMP parallel region must be created and destroyed on the same thread.

This type of problem can usually be fixed by removing the nullification from the declaration statement. In other words, you can rewrite the above line of code with:

 TYPE(Species), POINTER :: ThisSpc
 . . .
 ThisSpc => NULL()

For more information, please see this article.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 19:27, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

IFORT error: Relocation truncated to fit

Please see this wiki post on our Intel Fortran Compiler page which describes how to work around an Relocation truncated to fit error message.

--Bob Y. 10:46, 24 February 2012 (EST)

IFORT error: Out of memory asking for NNNNN

This is not a common error message, but it may occur if you are compiling a version of GEOS-Chem for a high-resolution horizontal grid, or with one of the available microphysics packages (i,e. APM or TOMAS). Please see this wiki post on our Intel Fortran Compiler page which describes this error in detail.

--Bob Y. 10:42, 26 July 2013 (EDT)

Memory error: "munmap_chunk: invalid pointer"

The following error is not common but can happen:

Error *** glibc detected *** ./geos: munmap_chunk(): invalid pointer: 0x00000000059aac30 ***
Explanation This happens when the pointer passed to (C-library language routine free(), which is called from Fortran routine NULLIFY()) is not valid or has been modified somehow. I don't really know the details here. The bottom line is that the pointer passed to free() must be the same as returned by (C-library routines) malloc(), realloc() and their friends.
The free() function frees the memory space pointed  to  by  ptr,  which
must  have  been  returned  by a previous call to malloc(), calloc() or
realloc().  Otherwise, or if free(ptr) has already been called  before,
undefined behavior occurs.  If ptr is NULL, no operation is performed.
GNU                               2012-05-10                         MALLOC(3)
Simpler explanation This can happen if you are trying to deallocate or nullify a pointer variable that has already been deallocated or modified.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 21:32, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

Memory error: "free: invalid size"

The following error is not common but can happen:

Error *** Error in `./geos': free(): invalid size: 0x000000000662e090 ***
Explanation It means that you have a memory error. You may be trying to free a pointer that wasn't allocated (or delete an object that wasn't created) or you may be trying to nullify/delete such an object more than once. You may be overflowing a buffer or otherwise writing to memory to which you shouldn't be writing, causing heap corruption.

Any number of programming errors can cause this problem. You need to use a debugger, get a backtrace, and see what your program is doing when the error occurs. If that fails and you determine you have corrupted the heap at some previous point in time, you may be in for some painful debugging (it may not be too painful if the project is small enough that you can tackle it piece by piece).

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 21:32, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

Memory error: "double free or corruption"

The following error is not common, but can occur under some circumstances:

Error *** glibc detected *** ./geos: double free or corruption (out):
Explanation There are at least two possible situations:
  1. You are deleting the same entity twice
  2. You are deleting something that wasn't allocated

For the first one I strongly suggest NULL-ing all deleted pointers.

You have [some] options:

  1. Overload new and delete and track the allocations
  2. Use a debugger -- then you'll get a backtrace from your crash, and that'll probably be very helpful

Three basic rules:

  1. Set pointer to NULL after free
  2. Check for NULL before freeing.
  3. Initialize pointer to NULL in the start.

Combination of these three works quite well.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 21:32, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

Obsolete error messages

The following error messages occurred in older GEOS-Chem versions, prior to the implementation of HEMCO (in v10-01) and FlexChem (in v11-01). We shall leave these posts here for your reference.

Error caused by MEGAN biogenic emissions


This information only applies to GEOS-Chem v9-02 and prior versions. In GEOS-Chem v10-01 and higher versions, MEGAN biogenic emissions are handled by the HEMCO emissions component.

MEGAN keeps a 10-day running average of temperature, and therefore requires that the the met field files for the 10 days prior to the start of the GEOS-Chem simulation be present on disk.

You can solve this error in one of two ways:

  1. Make sure you have the previous 10 days (or better yet, the entire previous month!) of data prior to your GEOS-Chem simulation's starting date
  2. Start your GEOS-Chem simulation at a later date

Error caused by not recompiling cleanly


This error may also indicate that you have attempted to change the resolution of GEOS-Chem without recompiling cleanly. Some parts of the GEOS-Chem code (object files, module files) may still be compiled for a different grid resolution.

You can usually fix this doing a

make realclean

command before recompiling the code.

--Bob Y. 10:47, 15 November 2010 (EST)

I/O Error #29

This error indicates that GEOS-Chem cannot find the proper A3 met field file.

NOTE: Error #29 is specific to the IFORT compiler. If you are using a different compiler, then the I/O error number may differ.

--Bob Y. 15:30, 3 November 2010 (EDT)

Problem reading binary punch file


NOTE: Binary punch file I/O is being phased out of GEOS-Chem.

If you are having problems reading a binary punch file into GEOS-Chem, make sure that you have the correct endian setting in your makefile. These are:

  • Intel Fortran compiler (IFORT): -convert big_endian
  • PGI compiler: -byteswapio
  • Sun Studio compiler: -xfilebyteorder=big16:%all

Most machines that use an Intel or AMD chipset are little-endian machines. A few of the older architectures (e.g. Cray, SGI Origin) are big-endian. Binary punch files are always big-endian (due to historical reasons), so you will need to tell your compiler to do the byte swapping manually.

The symptoms of such an error can be as follows:

Daewon Byun wrote:

In the SUBROUTINE READ_BPCH2, It reads the FTI = CTM bin 02 fine, but then fails to read anything after. I dumped the IOUNIT and IO error code -- as you see TMP_TITLE is empty....
   IUNIT, IOS, TMP_TITLE =            98           -1
Then the program stops at the
   IF ( IOS /= 0 ) THEN
      PRINT*, 'open_bpch2_for_read:2'
If I force to read further removing the "STOP", then I get (again, I tried to dump..)
   MODELNAME, LONRES, LATRES, HALFPOLAR, CENTER180 =  0.000000    0.000000       0         0

--Bob Y. 09:57, 24 July 2008 (EDT)

Error when reading the "restart_gprod_aprod" file


NOTE: The GEOS-Chem SOA simulations no longer read the GPROD/APROD restart file.

Eric Leibensperger wrote:

I am trying to run GEOS-Chem and have encountered and error. The log file gives me this:
  GEOS-CHEM ERROR: No matches found for file restart_gprod_aprod.2001070100!
  STOP at READ_BPCH2 (bpch2_mod.f)!
I have the aerosol restart file (with the same name) in my ~/testrun/runs/run.v7-04-12/ folder. Is it looking for it elsewhere? I get an additional message in the log.error file, but I think that it is possibily the result of not being able to find the file above:
  ******  FORTRAN RUN-TIME SYSTEM  ******
  Error 1183:  deallocating an unallocated allocatable array
  Location:  the DEALLOCATE statement at line 4933 of "carbon_mod.f"
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Sorry to bother you with this!

Philippe Le Sager replied:

You must rewrite your restart_gprod_aprod.YYYYMMDDHH so that the date in the filename is the same as the one in the datablock header.
I wrote a routine to do that: ~phs/IDL/dvpt/various_rewrite/

NOTE: The file will be released in the next GAMAP version.

--Bmy 15:59, 9 May 2008 (EDT)

For GEOS-Chem v8-03-01 and higher

In GEOS-Chem v8-03-01 and higher, the restart_gprod_aprod.YYYYMMDDhh file has been renamed to soaprod.YYYYMMDDhh. The above-described error can occur with the soaprod.YYYYMMDDhh file if the date in the file does not match the starting date of your simulation.

--Bob Y. 13:10, 4 November 2010 (EDT)

File ann_mean_trop.geos5.* not found


The fixed annual-mean tropopause is only used for simulations with GEOS-4, which is being phased out.

If you are running a GEOS-5 simulation and get an error that says that GEOS-Chem cannot locate the ann_mean_trop.geos5.2x25 or ann_mean_trop.geos5.4x5 file, then make sure that the following option is set in your input.geos file.

Use variable tropopause?: T

Starting in version GEOS-Chem v7-04-12, GEOS-Chem can now use a variable tropopause (i.e. chemistry is done up to the location of the actual tropopause as diagnosed from the met fields at any given timestep). You cannot use the annual mean tropopause for GEOS-5.

--Bob Y. 15:18, 7 July 2008 (EDT)

Problem reading GEOS-4 TROPP files


The fixed annual-mean tropopause is only used for simulations with GEOS-4, which is being phased out.

Please see this wiki post for more information about a common problem that can occur if you using GEOS-4 meteorology with the dynamic tropopause.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 21:02, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

OPEN failure


This code has since been removed from GEOS-Chem. All emissions are now computed via HEMCO.

If you are reading data from a binary punch file, and encounter this type of error:

  - ANTHRO_CARB_TBOND: Reading /as/group/geos/data/GEOS_1x1/historical_emissions_201203/BCOC/BCOC_anthsrce.2000.geos.1x1
 Error opening filename=
GEOS-CHEM I/O ERROR    30 in file unit    65
Encountered at routine:location open_bpch2_for_read:1

Error   30: OPEN failure

Then recompile your code with the BOUNDS=yes option. Chances are this is the side-effect of an array out-of-bounds error caused by your array being too small to hold the data that is being read in from disk. Compiling with BOUNDS=yes and re-running should help you locate the problem, and you should get an error message such as:

forrtl: severe (408): fort: (2): Subscript #1 of the array ARRAY has value 73 which is greater than the upper bound of 72  

which will point you to the specific array where the problem is occurring.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 21:03, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

SMVGEAR "Too many decreases of YFAC" error


SMVGEAR has now been removed from GEOS-Chem v11-01 and higher versions. The following information is obsolete, but we shall leave it here for reference.

If you are performing a full-chemistry simulation with the SMVGEAR solver, you may experience this error. This will cause error output (similar to what is listed below) to your log file.

      - PHYSPROC: Trop chemistry at 2006/01/01 00:00
   422   24    1  1.800E+03 5.422E+02 1.000E+00 1.000E-01
   428   24    1  1.800E+03 1.069E+03 1.000E+00 1.000E-01
   434   24    1  1.800E+03 1.214E+03 1.000E+00 1.000E-01
   422   24    1  1.800E+03 6.323E+02 1.000E-02 1.000E-01
   ... etc ...
 M1,M2,K,ERR =   72  25   1  4.3954E-04
 M1,M2,K,ERR =   72  26   1  4.6620E-04
 M1,M2,K,ERR =   72  27   1  1.3593E-04
 M1,M2,K,ERR =   72  28   1  1.0686E-04
 M1,M2,K,ERR =   72  29   1  1.6856E-04
   ... etc ...
 CONC WHEN STOP =    1    1 DRYCH2O          0.00E+00   0.00E+00
 CONC WHEN STOP =    2    1 DRYH2O2          0.00E+00   0.00E+00
 CONC WHEN STOP =    3    1 DRYHNO3          0.00E+00   0.00E+00
 CONC WHEN STOP =    4    1 DRYN2O5          0.00E+00   0.00E+00
   ... etc ...

Each of the lines starting with


is a warning that the SMVGEAR gear solver could not converge to a solution in a particular grid box. In this case, SMVGEAR does not stop with an error, but instead reduces the internal solver timestep and tries to solve the chemistry in that grid box once again.

But if SMVGEAR cannot converge to a solution in the grid box after reducing the internal timestep a certain number of times, it will give up on solving the chemistry and halt the run with an error. This is indicated by the lines:

 M1,M2,K,ERR =   72  25   1  4.3954E-04
 ... etc ...

SMVGEAR will then proceed to print out the concentration of each chemical species in the matrix, which is indicated by lines such as these:

 CONC WHEN STOP =    1    1 DRYCH2O          0.00E+00   0.00E+00

There can be several causes for this error:

  1. If you are splitting up your simulation into separate stages (i.e. so that you can fit each year’s run into your queue’s time limits), then it is important to turn on the chemical species restart file in the input.geos options file. This ensures that the concentrations of the chemical species will be preserved from one GEOS-Chem run stage to the next. Otherwise, SMVGEAR will re-initialize the chemical species to zero at the start of the next GEOS-Chem run stage. This may cause the SMVGEAR solver not to be able to converge to a solution.
  2. An error may occur in a different area of GEOS-Chem (such as wet deposition) that causes bad values (e.g NaN, negative numbers, Infinity) to be written to array of tracer concentrations or chemical species concentrations. These bad values can then cause the SMVGEAR solver to halt.

If you should encounter this error, here are a few things that you can try:

  1. Check your restart files for bad values.
  2. If you are not using an "out-of-the-box" version of GEOS-Chem, then check the areas of the code that you have modified for potential errors.
  3. Recompile GEOS-Chem from scratch with the BOUNDS=yes option turned on. This will flag any array-out-of-bounds errors.
  4. Run a series of short (1-2 day simulations) in which you successively turn off one other operation (i.e. transport, convection, wetdep, PBL, etc) at a time. This may help you to localize the source of the error.
  5. Run a short GEOS-Chem simulation with OpenMP parallelization turned off (i.e. use the OMP=no option). A parallelization error may be corrupting values in arrays that are needed by SMVGEAR.
  6. If you have access to a debugger like IDB or TotalView, recompile GEOS-Chem with DEBUG=yes and then run GEOS-Chem in the debugger.

--Bob Y. 10:39, 26 July 2013 (EDT)

Too many levels in photolysis code


FAST-J was replaced by FAST-JX v7.0 in GEOS-Chem v10-01 (approved 15 Jun 2015).

Please see this discussion about the "Too many levels in photolysis code" error that can sometimes happen in the FAST-J photolysis code.

--Bob Y. 11:09, 12 January 2010 (EST)

Error computing F_OF_PBL


The define.h include file was removed from v9-02 and higher versions This is no longer an issue.

If you should encounter this error (which occurs in routine COMPUTE_PBL_HEIGHT from pbl_mix_mod.f)

 bad sum at:            1          70  -1.00000000000000     
 bad sum at:            1          81  -1.00000000000000     
GEOS-CHEM ERROR: Error in computing F_OF_PBL!
STOP at COMPUTE_PBL_HEIGHT ("pbl_mix_mod.f")
GEOS-CHEM ERROR: Error in computing F_OF_PBL!
STOP at COMPUTE_PBL_HEIGHT ("pbl_mix_mod.f")
     - CLEANUP: deallocating arrays now...
 bad sum at:            1          48  -1.00000000000000     
 bad sum at:            1          59  -1.00000000000000     
 bad sum at:           73          46  -1.00000000000000     

you should check to see if your code was not recompiled cleanly. Often this is a result of not doing a

make realclean

before trying to switch from 2° x 2.5° to 4° x 5° or vice versa in the define.h header file. Often this type of error can be deduced by looking at the GEOS-Chem log file. When this error occurs the resolution indicated at the top of the GEOS-Chem log file, e.g.:

*************   S T A R T I N G   2 x 2.5   G E O S--C H E M   *************

will not match the longitudes and latitudes as reported a little further down in the log file:

Grid box longitude centers [degrees]: 
-180.000 -175.000 -170.000 -165.000 -160.000 -155.000 -150.000 -145.000

Grid box latitude centers [degrees]:
 -89.000  -86.000  -82.000  -78.000  -74.000  -70.000  -66.000  -62.000 

--Bob Y. 12:13, 25 October 2010 (EDT)



SMVGEAR has now been removed from GEOS-Chem v11-01 and higher versions. The following information is obsolete, but we shall leave it here for reference.

If you are running the SOA simulation and encounter this error:

GEOS-CHEM ERROR: LISOPOH needs to be defined for SOA!
STOP at chemdr.f

Then this means that the species LISOPOH is not set to an active species in the chemical mechanism. LISOPOH needs to be a turned off for the standard 43-tracer simulation, but turned on the SOA simulation.

To fix the error, change this line in your globchem.dat file from:

D LISOPOH            1.00 1.000E-20 1.000E-20 1.000E-20 1.000E-20


A LISOPOH            1.00 1.000E-20 1.000E-20 1.000E-20 1.000E-20

and then re-run GEOS-Chem.

--Bob Yantosca (talk) 21:06, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

Fatal error in IFORT


NOTE: CMN_DIAG.h (and most other include files) were converted into Fortran-90 modules in GEOS-Chem v9-02. This information is now obsolete.

The following error, which resulted on the Altix platform using Intel "ifort" v9.1 compiler:

 ifort: error: /opt/intel/fc/9.0/bin/fpp: core dumped
 ifort: error: Fatal error in /opt/intel/fc/9.0/bin/fpp, 
 terminated by unknown signal(139)
 make: *** [transport_mod.o] Error 1

was caused by an omitted " in an #include declaration, i.e.

 #     include "CMN_DIAG

Adding the closing " fixed the problem.

A3 met fields not found


NOTE: This error only applies to the GEOS-4, GEOS-5, MERRA, and GCAP met fields, which are stored in binary format. GEOS-FP and MERRA-2 met fields are read from netCDF format files.

If routine OPEN_A3_FIELDS (in a3_read_mod.f) returns a "file not found" error shortly after the start of your GEOS-Chem simulation, i.e.:

 $$ Finished Reading Linoz Data $$
GEOS-CHEM I/O ERROR    29 in file unit    73
Encountered at routine:location open_a3_fields:1

Error   29: File not found
     - CLEANUP: deallocating arrays now...