Can someone please provide the *exact* specification of MSF format?

Eric L. Cabot elmo at helix.nih.gov
Thu Oct 20 12:37:01 EST 1994

Hello world!
  Can someone please supply me with the exact specification
of the GCG-MSF format. I need it for a program that I am writing.
More specifically, I would like to have my program produce multiple
sequence files that can be used by the appropriate GCG programs.
I sent a similar email query to help at gcg.com a couple of weeks
ago but go no reply!

It sure would be nice if there was a utilitity that took one of
the cleaner formats, oh-say Fasta or PIR/NBRF, and converted to
MSF -- but there isn't.

Please no responses along the lines of "read the manuals" because,
(a) I don't even know where this machine really is - let alone
  the documentation; 
(b) the online documentation is not detailed enough for my needs.
 I need the gory details such as how picky GCG programs are likely
to be about what characters are in which columns and - even more
importantly- the algorithm for  the checksum. The latter isn't
that critical because I can dig it out of the ReadSeq source
code (once again, thanks to Don Gilbert at indiana).

-Eric Cabot
 elmo at helix.nih.gov

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