[gmx-users] Simulation Box break into 16 domains => .tpr file is wrong (Gromacs 3.3.3)

Chih-Ying Lin chihying2008 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 3 13:48:17 CET 2010

Tsjerk gave me suggestion to check the .tpr file created by the command

*Energy minimization of the solvated system*

pbc = xyz (minim.mdp)

grompp_mpi -np 16 -v -f minim.mdp -c 6LYZ-solvated.gro -p 6LYZ.top -o

mpiexec -np 16 mdrun_mpi -v -deffnm 6LYZ-EM-solvated

I early prepared for *6LYZ-solvated.gro* and then run the command grompp to
create 6LYZ-EM-solvated.tpr.
Next, run the command   *editconf -f  **6LYZ-EM-solvated.tpr -o
Use, VMD to visualize both *6LYZ-solvated.gro*     and     *

*6LYZ-solvated.gro     => all molecules are intact * and protein is
*6LYZ-EM-solvated-after-grompp.gro  => protein and water molecules are
This is the main problem that my simulation box into 16 domains.

Thank you


Chih-Ying Lin wrote:
> Hi
>  From the Gromacs Manual,
> http://manual.gromacs.org/current/online/editconf.html
> editconf =>
> The box can be modified with options -box, -d and -angles. Both -box and
> -d will center the system in the box.
> so, without -c option, the protein is already centered in the box.
> and, there is no description in the manual that people cannot use -d and
> -box simultaneously.
The manual cannot possibly warn against everything that people may try to
Consider the function of these two options.  By using -d, editconf will
determine a suitable box size based on the dimensions of the solute.  By
-box, you are specifying the box vectors, which completely negates the
of using -d.  Perhaps the language in the manual is not clear.  Both -d and
may center the solute, but *not* by simultaneously using -box and -d,
they can counteract each other.  In the absence of a warning, something odd
might be going on; we must eliminate this possibility in order to help you
I would still suggest using a properly-formed command, with or without -c,
make sure that nothing is breaking down there.  The workflow you posted
seems reasonable enough, so something early on is probably breaking down.
there any reason you minimized your protein without PBC?  What was the box
used in this EM step?  Usually an in vacuo EM is simply accomplished by
using a
huge box and plain cutoffs.  Solution EM would use a suitable box (with
-d *or* editconf -box) and better electrostatics methods.
> I visualized the .gro file created by the editconf,  the protein is
> centered in the box as I can see.
> Thank you
> Lin
> Chih-Ying Lin wrote:
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  > Hi
>  > As I posted the command list earlier, to create the box
>  > editconf_mpi -f 6LYZ-EM-vacuum.gro -o 6LYZ-PBC.gro -bt cubic -d 0.75
>  > -box 6.0 6.0 6.0
>  >
>  >
>  > So, I think Justin's case is not the same as mine.
> Mark already pointed out that your command line is malformed.  You
> cannot use -d
> and -box simultaneously.  They are mutually exclusive.  You are also not
> centering the protein in the box (you are not using the -c option).  So,
> fact, what you're doing was exactly what my problem was - not centering
> potentially defining the box incorrectly.
> I would suggest that you at least try rebuilding your system, because
> the above
> command is certainly wrong.
> -Justin
>  > Thank you
>  > Lin
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