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unable to share ace databases between Solaris 2.4 & Irix 5.3

G S Miller gsm15414 at glaxo.com
Wed Jun 12 15:44:52 EST 1996


We have recently tried to install ACEdb in a heterogeneous environment.

Two different machine types each access an identical file system.  We
have found that the system is not able to function properly between
the two platforms involved -- a database created by ACEDB on one
architecture cannot be read by the other.

a summary:

we built acedb from scratch:

On SGIs:
--------

setenv ACEDB /pub/bioinfo/apps/ace4.3
setenv ACEDB_SRC $ACEDB
setenv ACEDB_MACHINE SGI
cd $ACEDB/wmake
make

--------  

No problems, and binaries are eventually placed in $ACEDB/bin.SGI

On Solaris:
-----------
setenv ACEDB /pub/bioinfo/apps/ace4.3
setenv ACEDB_SRC $ACEDB
setenv ACEDB_MACHINE SOLARIS_4_RELEASE
cd $ACEDB/wmake
make

--------

Also no problems.  Running xace/tace/aceserver/aceclient on a single
machine/architecture works fine.

Trying to run xace on a machine with a different architecture gives the
following immediately on startup:

!! FATAL ERROR: system error 2 No such file or directory 
!! arrayGet(_lexi1) read an array of incorrect size 20 != 12

It doesn't matter whether I run on an SGI first or a SUN first, as
soon as I try to run on the complementary machine type, BOOM!

Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

Greg Miller
Programmer Analyst II
Glaxo Wellcome Bioinformatics




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