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Generate an HTML table of parameters from an application ACD file


acdtable is used to create the table of parameters, allowed values and defaults, used in the application documentation and to provide user help.


Here is a sample session with acdtable

% acdtable antigenic 
Qualifier Type Description Allowed values Default
Standard (Mandatory) qualifiers
(Parameter 1)
seqall Protein sequence(s) filename and optional format, or reference (input USA) Readable sequence(s) Required
-minlen integer Minimum length of antigenic region Integer from 1 to 50 6
(Parameter 2)
report Output report file name Report output file <*>.antigenic
Additional (Optional) qualifiers
Advanced (Unprompted) qualifiers

Command line arguments

The first parameter is the name of the program to compile. All other command line parameters and qualifiers are defined for that program - see the documentation for the program of choice.

Output file format

The output file is empty, but any format available to the specified program can be used.

Data files

Acdtable will use any data files specified in the ACD file of the specified program, but will ignore any data files that are only used directly by the program's code.

EMBOSS data files are distributed with the application and stored in the standard EMBOSS data directory, which is defined by the EMBOSS environment variable EMBOSS_DATA.

To see the available EMBOSS data files, run:

% embossdata -showall

To fetch one of the data files (for example 'Exxx.dat') into your current directory for you to inspect or modify, run:

% embossdata -fetch -file Exxx.dat

Users can provide their own data files in their own directories. Project specific files can be put in the current directory, or for tidier directory listings in a subdirectory called ".embossdata". Files for all EMBOSS runs can be put in the user's home directory, or again in a subdirectory called ".embossdata".

The directories are searched in the following order:


acdtable does not have its own options, but takes a single parameter which is the name of the EMBOSS application that is being testsed. It is invoked by specifying the name of the application to be tested after the name of the utility application itself:

acdtable ApplicationName

Acceptable expected and default values can be generated automatically for most ACD datatypes. In other cases, the allowed values is defined with the valid: global attribute, and the default value by the expected: global attribute (see EMBOSS Developers Manual).




Diagnostic Error Messages

Exit status

It exits with status 0.

Known bugs


See also

Program name Description
acdc Test an application ACD file
acdpretty Correctly reformat an application ACD file
acdtrace Trace processing of an application ACD file (for testing)
acdvalid Validate an application ACD file


Peter Rice
European Bioinformatics Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SD, UK

Please report all bugs to the EMBOSS bug team (emboss-bug © not to the original author.


Target users

This program is intended to be used by developers of applications and interfaces.