How to view .ace file?

Ulf Leser leser at mpimg-berlin-dahlem.mpg.de
Fri Mar 22 12:05:37 EST 1996


Phil Davey wrote:
> 
> Hello,
> 
> I have installed acedb 4.1 on a Solaris machine and it works ok, in that I can
> view the human X chromosome map, following the instructions that came with it.
> 
> The problem is, I have a .ace file (only) which I want to look at.
> I've tried following the instructions as for the X map, but it didn't work.
> It wants a model file as well, which I haven't got.
> 
> So is there any way to view a .ace file by itself?
> 
> Thanks for any help,
> Phil
> [E-mail pd at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk]

Hello Davey,

I assume that you are speaking of the dataset that is provided by the
MPI fuer Molekulare Genetik in Berlin, because I saw you on our
registration-list. Well, I'm one of the guys managing it. 

So, in principle a .ace-file is a plain-text-file, so you can look it it
with any arbitrary text-viewer or editor like more,less,cat (UNIS),
type,word (DOS) etc. You'll see all the INFORMATION it contains in a
quite raw format.

Reading it into your ACEDB-database might be much more difficult. To do
that, that actual data-structure of your database and the model the
.ace-file is based on MUST match. If they don't, it can be a nightmare
of work. I wrote a small perl-program which analyses a .ace-file and
prints out something like they model that was used to create it - it's
not perfect, but I could send it to you if you want.

Hope it helps,
Ulf




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