[Bioclusters] OT: GCG DVDs

Pamela Culpepper pculpep at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 28 16:11:41 EST 2006

>From: "Andrew D. Fant" <fant at pobox.com>
>Reply-To: "Clustering,  compute farming & distributed computing in life 
>science informatics" <bioclusters at bioinformatics.org>
>To: "Clustering,  compute farming & distributed computing in life science 
>informatics" <bioclusters at bioinformatics.org>
>Subject: [Bioclusters] OT: GCG DVDs
>Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 16:02:48 -0500
>I know this is more than a little OT here, but it's my best bet to find 
>who are doing battle with GCG, so I apologize and beg indulgence:
>Has anyone else here been having trouble with the GCG Data DVDs that they 
>out every other month with database updates?  It seems like every time I 
>get one
>that Linux, Solaris, and MacOSX all have trouble reading.  When I try and 
>read one that has errors with dd or cp, I get nondescript I/O errors.  When 
>try and make a tarball to take the image elsewhere to work with, I get 
>such as:
>tar: ./gcggenbank/gb_pl_001.seq_z: File shrank by 22522503 bytes; padding 
>with zeros
>and the resulting tarball is useless.  I've called Accelrys tech support 
>basically been told that if I have problems I ought to get a windows 
>machine and
>use an FTP daemon to install from.  Needless to say, this is less than 
>advice as I don't have a system that I can spare to put windows on (and I 
>am not
>about to ask my boss for several hundred dollars for a system that I would 
>only once every other month, to run a server for a protocol we have banned
>within our organization).  Eventually, I get new DVDs, but I get a line 
>being the only one complaining and a lot of runaround about it.
>So, am I really a freak of nature, or should I stop expecting to get DVDs 
>can be read on the same platform the data is to be installed on?
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