[gmx-users] Re: fatal error......

K.A.Feenstra k.a.feenstra at chem.rug.nl
Thu Nov 22 10:42:02 CET 2001

seema namboori wrote:
> Hello,
> I am student of IIT,Bombay.
> I am using Gromacs 2.0.
> I ran the pdb2gmx program.but it does not give any
> output.It shows a fatal error saying the:
> Fatal error: Chain identifier 'D' was used in two
> non-sequential blocks (residue 7, atom 194)
> My pdb file is that of nucleotides.
> please let me know as to what is the problem.why am i
> getting such an error message.

Dear Seema,

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For now, I'll also cc this mail to the list.

To answer your question: pdb2gmx uses chain identifiers to identify
separate chains (could be protein or dna). If you use a certain
identifier (let's say 'D') for a certain chain, but later on in your
pdb file it is used for another chain, pdb2gmx simply refuses to
sort that out. It cannot know wether you want the two chains to be
separate or combined. So you should either put both parts next to
each other in the file if they should be one, or give them separate
identifiers if they should be separate chains (or molecules).


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