Common Problems

Removing caveData

Removing caveData (flushing the local cache) should be one of the first troubleshooting steps to take when experiencing weird behavior in CAVE. The cache lives in a folder called caveData, hence why this process is also referred to as removing or deleting caveData.


For Linux users, the easiest way is to open a new terminal and run the following command:

rm -rf ~/caveData


For Windows users, simply delete the caveData folder in your home user directory:

Windows Remove caveData


For Mac users, the easiest way is to open a new terminal and run the following command:

rm -rf ~/Library/caveData

Remotely Connecting to CAVE

Since the pandemic began, many users have asked if they can use X11 forwarding or ssh tunneling to remotely connect to CAVE machines. This is not recommended or supported, and CAVE crashes in many different ways and expresses strange behavior as well.

We highly recommend you download the appropriate CAVE installer on your local machine, if that is an option.

If that is not an option, then the only remote access we recommend is using some type of VNC. RealVNC and nomachine are two options that are in use with positive outcomes. UltraVNC may be another option, but may have quite a delay. There may also be other free or paid software available that we are not aware of.

It is likely that any VNC option you choose will also require some software or configuration to be set on the remote machine, and this will likely require administrative privileges.

Windows CAVE Start Up Error

One common error some users are seeing manifests itself just after selecting an EDEX server to connect to. The following error dialogs may show up:

  • Error purging logs
    Error purging logs. Reason: Error occurred during purge and rotate

  • Error instantiating workbench: null
    Error instantiating workbench: null

These errors are actually happening because the Windows machine is using IPv6, which is not compatible with AWIPS at this time.

To fix the issue simply follow these steps:

Note: These screenshots may vary from your system.

1. Close all error windows and any open windows associated with CAVE.

2. In the Windows 10 search field, search for "control panel".

3. Once in the Control Panel, look for "Network and Sharing Center".

4. Select the adapter for your current connection (should be either "Ethernet" or "Wi-Fi").

5. Click on "Properties".

6. Uncheck "Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)" and select OK.

You may need to restart your machine for this to take effect

7. Restart CAVE.

Products Not Loading Properly

This problem is most commonly seen with the direct Windows installation. It can also manifest in the Mac installation, and the root of the problem is not having Python installed properly for CAVE to use the packages.

If the Windows installation was not completed properly, it is possible to see incorrect behavior when loading certain products. These are derived products which use the local machine to create and render the data. This creation is dependent upon python and its required packages working correctly.

The dataset will be available in the menus and product browser, but when loaded, no data is drawn on the editor, but an entry is added to the legend. failed load

You may see an error that mentions the python package, jep.

Known datasets this can affect (this is not a comprehensive list):

  • Model Winds
  • Metars Winds
  • METAR Station Plot
  • GFS Precip Type

To correct this issue on Windows:

To correct this issue on Mac:

Troubleshooting Uninstalling EDEX (Linux)

Sometimes yum can get in a weird state and not know what AWIPS groups have been installed. For example if you are trying to remove AWIPS you may see an error:

yum groupremove "AWIPS EDEX Server"

    Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, langpacks
    Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
    * base: mirror.dal.nexril.net
    * elrepo: ftp.osuosl.org
    * epel: mirrors.xmission.com
    * extras: mirrors.cat.pdx.edu
    * updates: mirror.mobap.edu

    No environment named AWIPS EDEX Server exists
    Maybe run: yum groups mark remove (see man yum)
    No packages to remove from groups

To solve this issue, mark the group you want to remove and then try removing it again:

yum groups mark remove "AWIPS EDEX Server"
yum groupremove "AWIPS EDEX Server"