Genbank to several disks

Chad Price cprice at molbio.unmc.edu
Tue Nov 5 14:12:17 EST 1996

Nick Staffa, ph 361-9422 ext226 wrote:
> said:
> >
> >We currently keep local databases and plan to continue to do so.  Howver,
> >at this point we are about to run out of disk space for GenBank (maybe
> >sometime in the next 1-2 releases).  What we will need to do is to split GB
> >over several disks.  Is there a way to do this?
> >
> >We currently store several databases and they are on different disks with the
> >appropriate logicals pointing to them.  At first glance, however, there is
> >only a single logical to point to the GenBank disk.
> I have three or four disks for databases (it's hard to keep up).
> And I just moved EMBL to make more room on gencoredisk for GenPept.
> (what a pain!)

Agreed that it is a bit of a pain to split things, but it is by no means
difficult.  It's actually pretty easy to do on a Unix system.

        These names are assigned in the GCG user's process logical
        name table.  This is called when the Package is initialized
        by the script genetics or genetics.ksh.
        Any logical names specific to your site should be defined in
        this file.
        Logical names are assigned by <name> <value> pairs as follows:
! NAME          VALUE
! ----          -----
LocalDir        /usr/local
! Uncomment the following definitions for GenPept if you obtain that db
! via FTP
! GenPeptDir                    /usr/users/otherdata/gcggenpept
! Uncomment the following definitions for GeneSeq if you have that db
! GeneSeqDir                    /usr/users/otherdata/gcggeneseq
molbio /dr2/gcg> 
> As you can see, sometimes single divisions can be wedged into small spaces
> to make larger spaces on other disks. A real juggling operation.
> You also don't tell your system manager that you are using scratch space
> rather permanently.

As a system manager, I have to say that this is not really a useful way
approach the problem.  Unless I am blind or stupid, I'd notice if one of
my users was taking up space in that manner.  It would seem to be more 
productive to enroll the assistance of the system manager to find you
the space you need in as few small chuncks as possible. 


Chad Price
University of Nebraska
cprice at molbio.unmc.edu
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