Mac OS X install notes for emboss

Don Gilbert gilbertd at
Sat Feb 16 21:47:10 EST 2002

Regarding --
|i saw you acknowledged in the emboss admin file for having worked out
|the modifications required for installing it on mac os x (page 10 of
|the guide at

The current release of emboss (2.2.0 or later) doesn't need
those instructions for compiling on macosx; newer configuration
software handles macosx without any edits to files.

You can also find a compiled version of emboss for macosx at
as emboss-2.2.0-powerpc-apple-darwin5.1-gcc.tar.gz

Unpack this from a terminal window to some folder of your choice with
 gnutar -zxf  emboss-2.2.0-powerpc-apple-darwin5.1-gcc.tar.gz
or double-clicking the .tar.gz file from macosx finder
should unpack via unstuffit.

then from terminal window, source the emboss/setenv file 
for emboss environment settings, and test, as with

The folder
also contains macosx binaries of some other
common bioinformatics apps including NCBI-Blast, FastA, 
fastDNAml, ClustalW, tacg, sim4.

If you are in the mood for looking at some complex, unfinish software
for grid distributed computing in bioinformatics, see

This biogrid work still has a ways to go in development, but eventually
one will be able to run emboss, blast, etc. on distributed computers,
including the many linux and macosx workstations in biosciences
departments, using grid methods.

-- Don Gilbert
-- d.gilbert--bioinformatics--indiana-u--bloomington-in-47405
-- gilbertd at


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