[BiO BB] rpsblast error codes
dgw106 at york.ac.uk
Tue Jul 25 12:55:59 EDT 2006
Dear Bio BB list,
I have a rather unusual and technical problem regarding rpsblast. I have
emailed the NCBI Blast helpdesk, but they have not been able to explain
yet, so I'm hoping there is someone with some insider knowledge out
there who could help.
I am using a python script that runs rpsblast for many queries. At each
call of the rpsblast executable, this script requires that rpsblast
returns a value of zero to indicate a successful run, before attempting
to parse the output and move onto the next query. Unfortunately,
rpsblast doesn't return zero, but returns the value '768', even though
each search seems to complete perfectly fine. The system being used is a
Sun OS5 machine. When I test the script on my laptop (Win XP) using the
precompiled binaries for rpsblast it works just fine.
I can bypass the problem, by just looking for '768' instead of '0', but
this doesn't bode well for the portability of the script. Also, I am
curious as to what is causing this to happen.
So, does anyone know what the error values for rpsblast stand for (there
seems to be no documentation on this)? Are they determined by the source
code, or by the system the program is compiled on?
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