[Bioclusters] OT: GCG DVDs

George Magklaras georgios at ulrik.uio.no
Mon Mar 27 05:50:08 EST 2006


I have never faced this problem on a Linux x86_64 Dell PowerEdge 1850 
wearing a
'hda: TEAC CD-ROM CD-224E, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive'

If it is not a media error induced by your drive (and probably it is not 
if you see it with many boxes), it depends on the session level encoding 
they use to create the DVD's. On the Linux side, what kernel/distro and 
DVD drive are you wearing?

George B. Magklaras

Senior Computer Systems Engineer/UNIX Systems Administrator
The Biotechnology Centre of Oslo,
University of Oslo

EMBnet Norway: http://www.biotek.uio.no/EMBNET/

Andrew D. Fant wrote:
> I know this is more than a little OT here, but it's my best bet to find others
> 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 send
> 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 just
> read one that has errors with dd or cp, I get nondescript I/O errors.  When I
> try and make a tarball to take the image elsewhere to work with, I get errors
> 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 and
> 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 helpful
> 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 use
> 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 about
> 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 that
> can be read on the same platform the data is to be installed on?
> Andy

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