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Utility Gears


Utility Gears are either a conversion Gear, which takes data from one format to another, or a QA Gear, which provides quality assurance on the data. Utility Gears can also be called pre-processing Gears and can be assembled into a pipeline to run automatically. Utility gears place their outputs in the same container as the inputs, in contrast to Analysis Gears.

Instruction Steps

Viewing Gear Information: To view Gear information, hover over the Gear origins icon. A display will pop up that tells you the date and time the Gear was initiated, the file name and the file size.


Running a Utility Gear: To run a Utility Gear, select a Session from any Sessions list (Master Project View, Session Dashboard, or Search Results) and select the Acquisitions tab. Click theRun Utility Gear button in the top right corner of the Session Detail, then select Utility Gear. You will be prompted to select a Classifier, Conversion, or QA Gear from the drop-down menu, then you will be prompted to specify your input Files and to modify the configuration of the Gear if you wish. Once you have uploaded Files and are ready to run the Gear, click the Run Gear button.


Checking Gear Progress: To check on a Gear's progress, select the Provenance tab in the Session Detail. The Provenance tab provides a list of the Gears that have been run, their inputs, outputs, and allows you to view and download the log. Click the Refresh button to reload the page.


Cancel Running Gears: To cancel a running gear, select the Provenance tab in the Session Detail. If the gear is still running a Cancel button will appear next to the View Log button. Click the cancel button to cancel the running of the gear. Once the gear is canceled, any created output will be disposed of.

Suggested Files for Gears – A Gear manifest may optionally have a suggested File type for Files needed as input. If the type is specified, when you are asked to select Files to run the Gear, Flywheel will present those Files to the user at the top of the drop-down under the heading Suggested Files. All other Files will be presented under the heading Other Files.