Bionet.drosophila news: Copying the current Flybase data

Don Gilbert gilbertd at
Sat Feb 20 09:31:48 EST 1993

A user of the Drosophila Flybase information service recently asked
how one can copy the newest release of Flybase data.  Starting
this year Flybase has become a more complex data structure,
and in its primary home now at IUBio archive it is subdivided into
various folders.  Some of its services are only available via Internet
Gopher.  However, all of the data needed to reconstitute can be fetched
simply via ftp. 

If you wish to obtain a complete copy of the current Flybase data
from IUBio archive, or of some subfolders, use ftp, and use a special
feature of the ftp service here:  If you append ".tar.Z" on the end
of a folder or file name, the server here will tar (tape-archive) and
compress the entire folder (and subfolders) before sending it
to you.

user: anonymous
password: your at email.address
ftp> binary              (very important)
ftp> get flybase.tar.Z   (use lower and Upper case as here)
			(the ".tar.Z" tells the ftp server to archive and
			compress the entire flybase/ folder)
ftp> quit

At your computer, you will need to uncompress and untar these
files.  Tar and Compress are standard unix utilities, and are
available for other computer systems (see /utils folder at this
archive or elsewhere).

Please note, the current Flybase folder contains over 16 megabytes of
data, and it is expected to grow.  There are also features which only
will work thru Internet Gopher.  But all data needed to reconstitute
the Gopher services are within the Flybase folder.  See especially
the work/flybase-wais-index.script to re-index data with WAIS for
searching thru the various data.   

Flybase data will continue to change, more or less on a weekly basis.
We will announce major changes thru BIOSCI/bionet news. 

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Don Gilbert                                     gilbert at
biocomputing office, biology dept., indiana univ., bloomington, in 47405

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