[Bioperl-l] DB::GenBank.pm etc. and net entrez queries
Sat, 23 Sep 2000 18:22:00 -0400
I was fooling around with scripts/bpfetch.pl and DB::GenBank.pm and saw
that Entrez has changed the way they want HTTP post requests to be formatted:
Info page is at:
The new base URL is supposed to be:
The base URL that we still use is (in DB::GenBank.pm at least):
The Entrez people say the old format should still work and they have a
utility called qmap.cgi that will map the "old" requests to the new URL.
The qmap cgi is at base URL:
Regarding our branch-06 that we are prepping for a 0.6.1 bugfix release:
o Do we do nothing since stuff appears to work still?
o Do we change the base URL to the remapper at qmap.cgi base (very easy to do)
o Do we change everything and use the new URL/command string structure?
To be polite at least if we are not going to use the new system we should
at least be posting our HTTP to the remapping CGI. I just don't know if
this falls under the category of "bug fixes only" for branch-06 since the
current system seems to work ok.
Thoughts? I'm trying to dip slowly back into the code here :)
Also-- in our CVS head and bioperl-07 release are we going to take out the
handcoded HTTP stuff and formally transition over to using the Net::
modules? At the very least that will get rid of the problems that
behind-the-firewall people have been having since the libnet has good proxy