[gmx-users] Errors about dihidral angle type 9 in free energy perturbation

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Thu Dec 4 13:55:45 CET 2014

On 12/4/14 2:32 AM, Jianguo Li wrote:
> Dear All,
> I am trying to use free energy perturbation module of gromacs to do hamiltonian replica exchange using CHARMM27 all-atom force field (with CMAP) - version 2.0
> I am using 4.5.4 version of gromacs
> according to manual (Table 5.5), it allows to perturb dihedral angles: proper dih. multi,  ftp 9, phi and k are allowed under 'F.E.'
> I have edited charmm files( ffbonded.itp and also ffnonbonded.itp) for "state B" parameters.
> but when I run simulations, it throws following error (for 23 lines):
> "
> ERROR 1 [file topol-edited-charmm.top, line 1453]:
>    Cannot automatically perturb a torsion with multiple terms to different
>    form.
>    Please specify perturbed parameters manually for this torsion in your
>    topology!
> "
> What is the fix for this?
> Why gromacs is not recognising the 'state B' parameters?

Because you haven't supplied any.  In this case, you need to explicitly write 
state A and B parameters in the topology.


> I also tried to do this with higher version of gromacs (including latest). It throws the same error.
> Thank you very much for your time.
> Cheers,Jianguo


Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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