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Version: 0.11

Output/Working directory

Hydra solves the problem of your needing to specify a new output directory for each run, by creating a directory for each run and executing your code within that directory.

The working directory is used to:

  • Store the output for the application (For example, a database dump file)
  • Store the Hydra output for the run (Configuration, Logs etc)

Every time you run the app, a new working directory is automatically created:

Python file:

import os
@hydra.main()def my_app(_cfg):    print("Working directory : {}".format(os.getcwd()))
$ python my_app.pyWorking directory : /home/omry/dev/hydra/outputs/2019-09-25/15-16-17
$ python my_app.pyWorking directory : /home/omry/dev/hydra/outputs/2019-09-25/15-16-19

Let's take a look at one of those working directories:

$ tree outputs/2019-09-25/15-16-17outputs/2019-09-25/15-16-17โ”œโ”€โ”€ .hydraโ”‚   โ”œโ”€โ”€ config.yamlโ”‚   โ”œโ”€โ”€ hydra.yamlโ”‚   โ””โ”€โ”€ overrides.yamlโ””โ”€โ”€ my_app.log

We have the Hydra output directory (.hydra by default) and the application log file. Inside the configuration output directory we have:

  • config.yaml: A dump of the user specified configuration
  • hydra.yaml: A dump of the Hydra configuration
  • overrides.yaml: The command line overrides used

And in the main output directory:

  • my_app.log: A log file created for this run

Original working directory#

You can still access the original working directory if you need to:

import osimport hydrafrom hydra import utils
@hydra.main()def my_app(_cfg):    print("Current working directory  : {}".format(os.getcwd()))    print("Original working directory : {}".format(utils.get_original_cwd()))    print("to_absolute_path('foo')    : {}".format(utils.to_absolute_path("foo")))    print("to_absolute_path('/foo')   : {}".format(utils.to_absolute_path("/foo")))

$ python examples/tutorial/8_working_directory/original_cwd.pyCurrent working directory  : /Users/omry/dev/hydra/outputs/2019-10-23/10-53-03Original working directory : /Users/omry/dev/hydrato_absolute_path('foo')    : /Users/omry/dev/hydra/footo_absolute_path('/foo')   : /foo

Working directory can be customized.