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3DNA/DSSR download issue
« on: June 18, 2020, 05:57:43 pm »
I tried to download the latest version of 3DNA. But there are no extensions on the files (they are all "x3dna-dssr") and it is not clear what format they are. I tried .dmg extension for the Mac version and .tar, .tar.gz and .zip for the Linux versions. None of them opened. What are they?

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Roland
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Re: 3DNA/DSSR download issue
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2020, 06:30:47 pm »
Dear Roland,

Thanks for your interest in DSSR. The binary file x3dna-dssr is all it is. Assuming you have downloaded the macOS or Linux version, simply run "chmod +x x3dna-dssr" to make it executable. Then you're all set. By design, the simplicity with DSSR is out of the norm. One may even feel it anticlimactic in the big data, bloated software era.

Check with "x3dna-dssr -h" for further information. See the DSSR User Manual for details (http://docs.x3dna.org/dssr-manual.pdf). If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun
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Re: 3DNA/DSSR download issue
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2020, 12:23:58 pm »
As a follow-up of my previous response, I would like to clarify the following points:

  • The binary executables of DSSR is named x3dna-dssr in macOS and Linux, and x3dna-dssr.exe in Windows, per conventions in the Unix-like and Windows operating systems.
  • After downloading x3dna-dssr in macOS and Linux, users should run chmod +x x3dna-dssr to set the execute permission. The x3dna-dssr file at the download site actually has this execute permission; for security reasons, it is switched off during the downloading process.
  • The binary executable of DSSR is < 2MB. It is completely self-contained. No hundreds of MB even GB of a download to un-package/install; no configurations; no dozens of dependencies. Such complicated things users may get used to nowadays simply do no exist in DSSR.
  • Getting DSSR up and running has never been an issue over the past eight years, even (especially) with beginners. The instruction given here should be sufficient for the majority of users to get started with DSSR. The DSSR User Manual contains detailed installation instructions and common usages. The manual is well worth reading not only for DSSR users but also for those interested in nucleic acid structural bioinformatics.

Best regards,

Xiang-Jun
« Last Edit: June 20, 2020, 01:22:45 pm by xiangjun »
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