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Restart Pointer Files

A pointer file is an ascii file named that contains the path and filename of the latest restart file. The model uses this information to find a restart file from which initialization data is read. The pointer files are written to and then read from the executable directory. For startup runs, a pointer is created by the ice setup script Whenever a restart file is written, the existing restart pointer file is overwritten. The namelist variable pointer_file contains the name of the pointer file. Pointer files seldom need editing. The contents are usually maintained by the setup script and the component model.

David Bailey