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Missing process or function with name dump


When using the .dump() function you get an error to console

Missing process or function with name 'dump'

Possible source

In many cases, the function is not missing, just incorrectly applied.

  • Missing tag: before the actual tag name (e.g. .dump('my tag') vs .dump(tag: 'my_tag'))
  • Placed on a channel-type that does not support the .dump function (e.g. channels with branches)
  • .dump() was applied on a multi-channel output object without specifying which channel
  • .dump() was applied on a single-channel, unnamed output directly. Usually, when a process defines a single output, unnamed channel, PROCESS_NAME.out (without specifying [0]) works well with various nextflow operators, but, surprisingly, this way does not work well the dump operator. Quick workarounds could be i) using [0] to specify the channel explicitly, e.g. PROCESS_NAME.out[0], ii) using named output, or iii) use a map operator before the dump operator. Examples can be found in issue #3