[gmx-users] Invalid Order for Directive Defaults Error Due to Force Field Mixing
jalemkul at vt.edu
Fri Mar 3 14:01:17 CET 2017
On 3/3/17 1:49 AM, Amir Zeb wrote:
> Hi Dr. Justin,
> I'm wondering that you have mentioned CHARMm27 is not a valid identifier of
> protein forcefield, but we have so many articles already published while
> using CHARMm27 ff. Can you please let us know how to trace this
> unsuitability of CHARMm27 especially for protein-ligand simulation?
I have said nothing about the suitability of the force field; it's perfectly
fine to use (though I think more modern versions, e.g. C36 and C36m are
I'm really just being pedantic and trying to prevent more errors from entering
the literature. There is no such thing as a "CHARMM27 protein force field." It
gets lumped into "CHARMM27" based solely on file naming. The parameters in
GROMACS that are labeled "charmm27.ff" are actually CHARMM22/CMAP with various
revisions that have appeared in the literature over several years before
CHARMM36 was released. So anyone claiming to use "CHARMM27" as their protein
force field is using a misnomer. For the sake of accuracy, I am trying to
encourage people to break this habit and use the proper name of the force field.
Just because it's published, doesn't mean it's right :)
> On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 2:10 PM, Justin Lemkul <jalemkul at vt.edu> wrote:
>> On 3/2/17 2:16 PM, Sanim Rahman wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I am attempting to run a membrane protein simulation where I am describing
>>> my protein and solvent in terms of CHARMM27 and my lipids in CHARMM36.
>>> I use the grompp command, I get the following error:
>>> Fatal error:
>>> Syntax error - File forcefield.itp, line 9
>>> Last line read:
>>> '[ defaults ]'
>>> Invalid order for directive defaults
>>> To create my topology file, I took my protein.top and at the bottom
>>> included my lipid.itp and solvent.itp. The error is referencing to my
>>> charmm36 force field file. I was unsure what to do so I just removed the
>>> line with [ defaults ] on it and tried running it again. This time I
>>> received this error:
>>> Fatal error:
>>> Syntax error - File ffnonbonded.itp, line 5
>>> Last line read:
>>> '[ atomtypes ]'
>>> Invalid order for directive atomtypes
>>> Is the source of the error from how my topology files are processing the
>>> force field files since I am using both CHARMM27 and CHARMM36? I read a
>>> previous thread that you can't have two [ default ] lines which make sense
>>> but I am unsure of what is the proper protocol to get around this to
>>> include both force fields. Any help will be deeply appreciated!
>> I mentioned this last week in another thread, but I'll say it again:
>> "CHARMM27" is not a valid identifier for a protein force field. What
>> you're trying to use is CHARMM22/CMAP.
>> The bigger question is why you want to use this combination? It may not
>> be practical or possible to do so in GROMACS. You'll likely have to hack
>> out the bonded and nonbonded parameters that relate to proteins and marry
>> them together with the lipid-only portions of CHARMM36.
>> Thank You,
>>> *Sanim Rahman*
>>> B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2019
>>> Resident Assistant, Castor Hall Engineering Living Learning Community
>>> Co-Founder and Co-President of the Undergraduate Research Society
>>> Undergraduate Researcher, Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research
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Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Pharmacy
Health Sciences Facility II, Room 629
University of Maryland, Baltimore
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Baltimore, MD 21201
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