LINUX/standalone blast question

Adrian Walden a.walden at wave.co.nz
Tue Nov 2 23:09:56 EST 1999


I am installing standalone BLAST on a Pentium running redhat linux 6.1.
This is somewhoat of a challange for me as my previous experience
installing software etc is on a Macintosh. My most recent success's on
linux have included some minor improvments to my .bash_profile and .bashrc
files and the installation of the Staden Package (a great victory). You
should conclude from this that I am a beginner !

My question concerns a few problems I have had with blast and the
requirement to setup a file called .ncbirc in my root directory or the
directory from which I call the BLAST application. The contents of the
.ncbirc file are supposed to be

[ ncbi]
Data=/path/blast/data

I would like to know what this file does and why it is there. Is it
supposed to export the variable "Data" to the environment. If so, why is
it that when I query th environment with 

echo $Data

that I get a blank line instead of a path to the directory "data" ?

Thanks for your help

Adrian walden

a.walden@(delete)wave.co.nc





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