[Molvis-list] Decimal point precision

Vladimir Potapov vladimir.potapov at weizmann.ac.il
Tue Mar 8 09:41:25 EST 2005

Just a small correction. I think it was a typo.

Jean-Philippe Demers wrote:
> Unfortunately, the PDB format only accepts real numbers of 8 digits 
> before and 3 digits after the decimal point (see 

The PDB format allows 8 positions in total for a single coordinate, not 
8 positions before the decimal point:


Vladimir Potapov

> http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/docs/format/pdbguide2.2/part_62.html). The mmCif 
> format seems more flexible as any float decimal can be used for 
> coordinates.
> Good luck,
> Jean-Philippe Demers
> Inbal Tuvi-Arad wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Does anyone know how can I convert xyz files that have 5 decimal point
>> precision to pdb files without loosing the precision?  All my attempts to
>> use conversion programs or Website creates pdb files with only 3 decimal
>> point precision. 
>> Sincerely,
>> Inbal Tuvi-Arad

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