RFE: making it easier to work with files and workflow execution buckets

Post author
Andrew Davidson

I am working through a proof of concept project for my lab. I am very impressed with Terra so far. 

I understand the need to name buckets using GUIDs however it is not very human-friendly. Bellow, you see my files after I ran the same workflow a couple of times. I do not remember what the difference between the runs was. I think I selected different data sets and ran different workflows.  The GUIDs are not presented in any meaningful order. It would be very helpful if

  1. there was a col. showing the start time and end time. (for files I uploaded using gsutil start and end could be the creation/upload timestamp
  2. a 'name' column. a value might be 'workFlowXYZ_pancrease subset'
  3. sort by start time, end time, or name
  4. It would be nice if I could display the time zone for DateTime. I would prefer the time in my local region, not GMT.

I realize you can put stuff like on the dashboard how ever it is inconvenient to switch back and forth between pages





  • Comment author
    Samantha (she/her)

    Hi Andrew Davidson,

    Thanks for the suggestion. I've created a ticket with our product team for their consideration.

    I'd also like to point out that the execution directories for your workflows can also be found under the Job History tab. There, you'll see a list of your jobs, their statuses, and when they were run. Clicking on a submission will give you more details and a link to the execution directory.




  • Comment author
    Andrew Davidson

    Hi Samantha

    Thinking a little bit more about this. The time to add the batch metadata is when I run the workflow. Maybe that web page could add a field for capturing a user-friendly name and some free text description? It would be nice if this got populated in a separate data table. ie. run.meta ? and also displayed on the file page

    Kind regards




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