GenBank Release 141.0 Now Available

Mark Cavanaugh cavanaug at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Mon Apr 26 11:03:43 EST 2004


> Subject: RE: GenBank Release 141.0 Now Available
> Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 07:29:07 -0400
> Thread-Topic: GenBank Release 141.0 Now Available
> thread-index: AcQqa3GdHe2q9ATVQMm/6x604ICmhABFeNTM
> From: "Roels, Steven" <Steven.Roels at mpi.com>
> To: "Mark Cavanaugh" <cavanaug at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov>, <genbank at net.bio.net>
> 
> Hi Mark,   Regarding the two missing index files for GenBank 141.0: 
>         gbacc.idx
>        gbjou.idx
>
>Will they be release in a few days, or are they simply not going to be
>released this time around?   Thanks,   -Steve


Neither of these files will be available for GenBank 141.0
I'm afraid.

We generate them from the 'replicant' side of our database system,
to which dataflow is suspended during release generation.

(This means that we are working from a static dataset, guaranteed to
 be consistent.)

Unfortunately, Entrez uses that same replicant side. So when we try
to fix an unexpected problem (one day for the change, then another
day and a half to redump data), we begin to inconvenience *many* users.
Recently processed records aren't visible to the public when replication
is suspended.

If we turned replication back on, resolved the problem after GB 141
had been made available, and *then* tried to generate the missing
index files... they will contain data that is *not* in GB 141 itself.
A bit of a catch-22 situation I'm afraid.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Regards,

Mark Cavanaugh
GenBank
NCBI/NLM/NIH/DHHS

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