[Bioperl-l] Bio::Index::Abstract & bug #860

Jason Stajich jason@chg.mc.duke.edu
Fri, 19 Jan 2001 10:00:46 -0500 (EST)

Looking through this bug - I had 'fixed' it by adding 
use DB_File; at the top, but now I realize that may not be the best 
since it still causes an error when -type is specified as 'SDBM_File'.
Could just add both in the 'use' but what if DB_File is not present... 

The code for the method dbm_package assumes that if you specify a package
it will have been already 'included'.  What to do...  Try and require both
in the BEGIN block so they are explictly loaded no matter what?  Trap
errors if DB_file is not present and user asks for it?

From Bio::Index::Abstract

sub dbm_package {
    my( $self, $value ) = @_;
    if ($value) {
        $self->{'_dbm_package'} = $value;
    elsif (! $self->{'_dbm_package'}) {
        if ($USE_DBM_TYPE) {
            $self->{'_dbm_package'} = $USE_DBM_TYPE;
        } else {
            my( $type );
            # DB_File isn't available on all systems
            eval {
                require DB_File;
            if ($@) {
                require SDBM_File;
                $type = 'SDBM_File';
            } else {
                $type = 'DB_File';
            $USE_DBM_TYPE = $self->{'_dbm_package'} = $type;
    return $self->{'_dbm_package'};

Jason Stajich
Center for Human Genetics
Duke University Medical Center 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 09:55:29 +0000 (GMT)
From: K Howe <klh@sanger.ac.uk>
To: Jason Stajich <jason@chg.mc.duke.edu>
Subject: Re: biperl bug #860

Hi Jason,

We use the following command:

bpindex.pl -fmt EMBL -dir /nfs/disk92/Pfam/index -type DB_File
pfamseq.index <embl flat file>

where /nfs/disk92/Pfam/index is the intended location of the index file,
and pfamseq.index is the name of it. The key thing is that we explicitly
give the type as DB_File, and when this happens, it dies (when you don't
specify type, and it has to make a guess as to which dbm type to use, it
works, but this is not scalalble for us, since the default dmb file in
bioperl may change from DB_File in the future).

Hope this is enough information.



On Thu, 18 Jan 2001, Jason Stajich wrote:

> Kevin - I'm trying to track down a bug you submitted for
> Bio::Index::Abstract - I may have fixed it, but I want to be sure.  Can
> you give me an example of how to invoke bpfetch/bpindex so to throw an
> error due to a potentially missing require.
> Thanks.
> -Jason