Begins a set of queries on the options database that are related and should be displayed on the same window of a GUI that allows the user to set the options interactively. Often one should use PetscObjectOptionsBegin() rather than this call.


#include <petscoptions.h>
PetscErrorCode PetscOptionsBegin(MPI_Comm comm,const char prefix[],const char title[],const char mansec[])


Input Parameters#

  • comm - communicator that shares GUI

  • prefix - options prefix for all options displayed on window (optional)

  • title - short descriptive text, for example “Krylov Solver Options”

  • mansec - section of manual pages for options, for example KSP (optional)


This is a macro that handles its own error checking, it does not return an error code.

The set of queries needs to be ended by a call to PetscOptionsEnd().

One can add subheadings with PetscOptionsHeadBegin().

Developer Notes#

PetscOptionsPublish is set in PetscOptionsCheckInitial_Private() with -saws_options. When PetscOptionsPublish is set the loop between PetscOptionsBegin() and PetscOptionsEnd() is run THREE times with PetscOptionsPublishCount of values -1,0,1. Otherwise the loop is run ONCE with a PetscOptionsPublishCount of 1.

  • -1 - PetscOptionsInt() etc. just call PetscOptionsGetInt() etc.

  • 0 - The GUI objects are created in PetscOptionsInt() etc. and displayed in PetscOptionsEnd() and the options database updated with user changes; PetscOptionsGetInt() etc. are also called.

  • 1 - PetscOptionsInt() etc. again call PetscOptionsGetInt() etc. (possibly getting new values), in addition the help message and default values are printed if -help was given. When PetscOptionsObject.changedmethod is set this causes PetscOptionsPublishCount to be reset to -2 (so in the next loop iteration it is -1) and the whole process is repeated. This is to handle when, for example, the KSPType is changed thus changing the list of options available so they need to be redisplayed so the user can change the. Changing PetscOptionsObjects.changedmethod is never currently set.

Fortran Note#

Returns ierr error code per PETSc Fortran API

See Also#

PetscOptionsGetReal(), PetscOptionsHasName(), PetscOptionsGetString(), PetscOptionsGetInt(), PetscOptionsGetIntArray(), PetscOptionsGetRealArray(), PetscOptionsBool() PetscOptionsInt(), PetscOptionsString(), PetscOptionsReal(), PetscOptionsBool(), PetscOptionsName(), PetscOptionsEnd(), PetscOptionsHeadBegin(), PetscOptionsStringArray(), PetscOptionsRealArray(), PetscOptionsScalar(), PetscOptionsBoolGroupBegin(), PetscOptionsBoolGroup(), PetscOptionsBoolGroupEnd(), PetscOptionsFList(), PetscOptionsEList(), PetscObjectOptionsBegin()







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