UNIX scripts

Nick Staffa, ph 361-9422 ext226 STAFFA at NIEHS.NIH.GOV
Fri May 19 09:30:21 EST 1995

We are converting to a UNIX server for GCG. In VMS, I could do wonders with
DCL. One wonder was a command file that would read a record from a file, parse
the record to get the parameters to write another command file to submit to a
queue in order to download sections of GenBank or GenPept. The program waits
for completion and then loops to read another record. I am having trouble
achieving even the most rudimentary expertise in UNIX scripts. I will not say
anything bad about UNIX but attribute this to my ignorance, stupidity and age,
tho a lack of reasonable documentation seems to be a contributing factor. I do
learn by example, therefore, if you have some nice examples of scripts that do
things like that described above -- mainly reading records, parsing records,
writing other scripts, and synchronization, please be so kind as to mail them
to me.  I am presently working an a Dec Alpha with OSF-1.  GCG seems to favor
C-shells, which is fine with me. 

If anyone wants my very nice VMS/DCL command files for downloading all of
genbank or genpept in sections.  I will very happy to send same to you.  I have
used GCG's Get_gbnew, tho I have extensively modified it to use another scratch
disk et c. to use as little disk space as possible during the process. 


Nick Staffa
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

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