EMBOSS: Project Meeting (Fri 22nd July 2005)
The new "dbx" indexing programs are being tested by at least one user. EBI will also test them for production use.
A minor case-sensitive issue with resource definitions for the new dbx indexing was corrected, and database names were set to a minimum of 2 characters to be consistent with USA requirements (a 1-character database name can look like a windows drive letter in a filename) and to match the pattern defined for database names in the ACD file.
PHYLIPNEW was released under the name "PHYLIP" as this was the name used in the configure file. The old PHYLIP 3.5 programs are declared obsolete and not included in the release. Users who request them can be given the latest 3.0.0 versions of the old EMBASSY package.
PHYLIPNEW caused some compiler warnings when distributions were tested - fixed and the distribution rebuilt. One was that "lobyte" is a macro under Solaris. Note that this is the name used in the original phylip code.
Peter will update to phylip 3.63 (or a later version if it appears in time).
The admin guide needs to be updated to 3.0.0. Alan noted that EMBASSY packages can be tricky to build because of dependencies on the locations of dependency files, etc when built from the distributions.
The FAQ list should be added somewhere.
A new course later this year, and 4 more next year was suggested. The previous costs per delegate should be enough to cover costs.
A possibility of basic and advanced developers' courses was discussed. The current course is designed to be suitable for novice programmers.
Gary's current list reviewed. Most new issues were already answered.
Next meeting will be the first since the relocation to EBI, Date/time to be announced later.