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Function

Index a flat file database using b+tree indices

Description

dbxflat indexes a flat file database of one or more files, and builds EMBOSS B+tree format index files. These indexes allow access of flat files larger than 2Gb.

Usage

Here is a sample session with dbxflat


% dbxflat 
Index a flat file database using b+tree indices
Basename for index files: embl
Resource name: emblresource
      EMBL : EMBL
     SWISS : Swiss-Prot, SpTrEMBL, TrEMBLnew
        GB : Genbank, DDBJ
    REFSEQ : Refseq
Entry format [SWISS]: embl
Wildcard database filename [*.dat]: rod.dat
Database directory [.]: embl
        id : ID
       acc : Accession number
        sv : Sequence Version and GI
       des : Description
       key : Keywords
       org : Taxonomy
Index fields [id,acc]: 
General log output file [outfile.dbxflat]: 

Go to the output files for this example

Command line arguments

   Standard (Mandatory) qualifiers:
  [-dbname]            string     Basename for index files (Any string from 2
                                  to 19 characters, matching regular
                                  expression /[A-z][A-z0-9_]+/)
  [-dbresource]        string     Resource name (Any string from 2 to 19
                                  characters, matching regular expression
                                  /[A-z][A-z0-9_]+/)
   -idformat           menu       [SWISS] Entry format (Values: EMBL (EMBL);
                                  SWISS (Swiss-Prot, SpTrEMBL, TrEMBLnew); GB
                                  (Genbank, DDBJ); REFSEQ (Refseq))
   -filenames          string     [*.dat] Wildcard database filename (Any
                                  string is accepted)
   -directory          directory  [.] Database directory
   -fields             menu       [id,acc] Index fields (Values: id (ID); acc
                                  (Accession number); sv (Sequence Version and
                                  GI); des (Description); key (Keywords); org
                                  (Taxonomy))
   -outfile            outfile    [*.dbxflat] General log output file

   Additional (Optional) qualifiers: (none)
   Advanced (Unprompted) qualifiers:
   -release            string     [0.0] Release number (Any string up to 9
                                  characters)
   -date               string     [00/00/00] Index date (Date string dd/mm/yy)
   -exclude            string     Wildcard filename(s) to exclude (Any string
                                  is accepted)
   -indexoutdir        outdir     [.] Index file output directory

   Associated qualifiers:

   "-outfile" associated qualifiers
   -odirectory         string     Output directory

   General qualifiers:
   -auto               boolean    Turn off prompts
   -stdout             boolean    Write first file to standard output
   -filter             boolean    Read first file from standard input, write
                                  first file to standard output
   -options            boolean    Prompt for standard and additional values
   -debug              boolean    Write debug output to program.dbg
   -verbose            boolean    Report some/full command line options
   -help               boolean    Report command line options. More
                                  information on associated and general
                                  qualifiers can be found with -help -verbose
   -warning            boolean    Report warnings
   -error              boolean    Report errors
   -fatal              boolean    Report fatal errors
   -die                boolean    Report dying program messages

Standard (Mandatory) qualifiers Allowed values Default
[-dbname]
(Parameter 1)
Basename for index files Any string from 2 to 19 characters, matching regular expression /[A-z][A-z0-9_]+/ Required
[-dbresource]
(Parameter 2)
Resource name Any string from 2 to 19 characters, matching regular expression /[A-z][A-z0-9_]+/ Required
-idformat Entry format
EMBL (EMBL)
SWISS (Swiss-Prot, SpTrEMBL, TrEMBLnew)
GB (Genbank, DDBJ)
REFSEQ (Refseq)
SWISS
-filenames Wildcard database filename Any string is accepted *.dat
-directory Database directory Directory .
-fields Index fields
id (ID)
acc (Accession number)
sv (Sequence Version and GI)
des (Description)
key (Keywords)
org (Taxonomy)
id,acc
-outfile General log output file Output file <*>.dbxflat
Additional (Optional) qualifiers Allowed values Default
(none)
Advanced (Unprompted) qualifiers Allowed values Default
-release Release number Any string up to 9 characters 0.0
-date Index date Date string dd/mm/yy 00/00/00
-exclude Wildcard filename(s) to exclude Any string is accepted An empty string is accepted
-indexoutdir Index file output directory Output directory .

Input file format

dbxflat reads any normal sequence USAs.

Output file format

dbxflat creates one summary file for the database and two files for each field indexed.

Output files for usage example

File: outfile.dbxflat

Processing directory: /homes/user/test/embl/
Processing file: rod.dat entries: 6 (6) time: 0.0s (0.0s)
Total time: 0.0s

File: embl.ent

# Number of files: 1
# Release: 0.0
# Date:    00/00/00
Single filename database
rod.dat

File: embl.pxac

Order     71
Fill      46
Pagesize  2048
Level     0
Cachesize 100
Order2    99
Fill2     101
Count     8
Kwlimit   15

File: embl.pxid

Order     71
Fill      46
Pagesize  2048
Level     0
Cachesize 100
Order2    99
Fill2     101
Count     5
Kwlimit   15

File: embl.xac

This file contains non-printing characters and so cannot be displayed here.

File: embl.xid

This file contains non-printing characters and so cannot be displayed here.

Data files

None.

Notes

The indexing system has been designed to allow on-the-fly updating of indexes. This feature is, however, not implemented in the current version. It will be made available in future releases.

Having created the EMBOSS indexes for this file, a database can then be defined in the file emboss.defaults as something like:

DB embl [
   type: N
   dbalias: embl   (see below)
   format: embl
   method: emboss
   directory: /data/embl
   file: *.dat
   indexdirectory: /data/embl/indexes
]
The index file 'basename' given to dbxflat must match the DB name in the definition. If not, then a 'dbalias' line must be given which specifies the basename of the indexes.

Fields Indexed

By default, dbxflat will index the ID name and the accession number (if present).
If they are present in your database, you may also specify that dbxflat should index the Sequence Version and GI, the words in the description, the keywords and the organism words using the '-fields' qualifier with the appropriate values.

Global Parameters

dbxflat requires that two global parameters be defined in the file emboss.defaults. These are:
SET PAGESIZE 2048
SET CACHESIZE 200
The above values are recommended for most systems. The PAGESIZE is a multiple of the size of disc pages the operating system buffers. The CACHESIZE is the number of disc pages dbxflat is allowed to cache.

Resources

dbxflat will ask you for the name of a resource definition in the file emboss.defaults. This will be something like:
RES embl [
   type: Index
   idlen:  15
   acclen: 15
   svlen:  20
   keylen: 25
   deslen: 25
   orglen: 25
]
The length definitions are the maximum lengths of 'words' in the field being indexed. Longer words will be truncated to the value set.

References

None.

Warnings

None.

Diagnostic Error Messages

None.

Exit status

It always exits with status 0.

Known bugs

None.

See also

Program name Description
dbiblast Index a BLAST database
dbifasta Index a fasta file database
dbiflat Index a flat file database
dbigcg Index a GCG formatted database
dbxfasta Index a fasta file database using b+tree indices
dbxgcg Index a GCG formatted database using b+tree indices

Author(s)

Alan Bleasby (ajb © ebi.ac.uk)
European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SD, UK

History

Target users

This program is intended to be used by everyone and everything, from naive users to embedded scripts.

Comments

None