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Tue 5 Mar 2013


editconf converts generic structure format to .gro, .g96 or .pdb.

The box can be modified with options -box, -d and -angles. Both -box and -d will center the system in the box, unless -noc is used.

Option -bt determines the box type: triclinic is a triclinic box, cubic is a rectangular box with all sides equal dodecahedron represents a rhombic dodecahedron and octahedron is a truncated octahedron. The last two are special cases of a triclinic box. The length of the three box vectors of the truncated octahedron is the shortest distance between two opposite hexagons. Relative to a cubic box with some periodic image distance, the volume of a dodecahedron with this same periodic distance is 0.71 times that of the cube, and that of a truncated octahedron is 0.77 times.

Option -box requires only one value for a cubic, rhombic dodecahedral, or truncated octahedral box.

With -d and a triclinic box the size of the system in the x-, y-, and z-directions is used. With -d and cubic, dodecahedron or octahedron boxes, the dimensions are set to the diameter of the system (largest distance between atoms) plus twice the specified distance.

Option -angles is only meaningful with option -box and a triclinic box and cannot be used with option -d.

When -n or -ndef is set, a group can be selected for calculating the size and the geometric center, otherwise the whole system is used.

-rotate rotates the coordinates and velocities.

-princ aligns the principal axes of the system along the coordinate axes, with the longest axis aligned with the x-axis. This may allow you to decrease the box volume, but beware that molecules can rotate significantly in a nanosecond.

Scaling is applied before any of the other operations are performed. Boxes and coordinates can be scaled to give a certain density (option -density). Note that this may be inaccurate in case a .gro file is given as input. A special feature of the scaling option is that when the factor -1 is given in one dimension, one obtains a mirror image, mirrored in one of the planes. When one uses -1 in three dimensions, a point-mirror image is obtained.

Groups are selected after all operations have been applied.

Periodicity can be removed in a crude manner. It is important that the box vectors at the bottom of your input file are correct when the periodicity is to be removed.

When writing .pdb files, B-factors can be added with the -bf option. B-factors are read from a file with with following format: first line states number of entries in the file, next lines state an index followed by a B-factor. The B-factors will be attached per residue unless an index is larger than the number of residues or unless the -atom option is set. Obviously, any type of numeric data can be added instead of B-factors. -legend will produce a row of CA atoms with B-factors ranging from the minimum to the maximum value found, effectively making a legend for viewing.

With the option -mead a special .pdb (.pqr) file for the MEAD electrostatics program (Poisson-Boltzmann solver) can be made. A further prerequisite is that the input file is a run input file. The B-factor field is then filled with the Van der Waals radius of the atoms while the occupancy field will hold the charge.

The option -grasp is similar, but it puts the charges in the B-factor and the radius in the occupancy.

Option -align allows alignment of the principal axis of a specified group against the given vector, with an optional center of rotation specified by -aligncenter.

Finally, with option -label, editconf can add a chain identifier to a .pdb file, which can be useful for analysis with e.g. Rasmol.

To convert a truncated octrahedron file produced by a package which uses a cubic box with the corners cut off (such as GROMOS), use:
editconf -f in -rotate 0 45 35.264 -bt o -box veclen -o out
where veclen is the size of the cubic box times sqrt(3)/2.


-f conf.gro Input Structure file: gro g96 pdb tpr etc.
-n index.ndx Input, Opt. Index file
-o out.gro Output, Opt. Structure file: gro g96 pdb etc.
-mead mead.pqr Output, Opt. Coordinate file for MEAD
-bf bfact.dat Input, Opt. Generic data file

Other options

-[no]h bool no Print help info and quit
-[no]version bool no Print version info and quit
-nice int 0 Set the nicelevel
-[no]w bool no View output .xvg, .xpm, .eps and .pdb files
-[no]ndef bool no Choose output from default index groups
-bt enum triclinic Box type for -box and -d: triclinic, cubic, dodecahedron or octahedron
-box vector 0 0 0 Box vector lengths (a,b,c)
-angles vector 90 90 90 Angles between the box vectors (bc,ac,ab)
-d real 0 Distance between the solute and the box
-[no]c bool no Center molecule in box (implied by -box and -d)
-center vector 0 0 0 Coordinates of geometrical center
-aligncenter vector 0 0 0 Center of rotation for alignment
-align vector 0 0 0 Align to target vector
-translate vector 0 0 0 Translation
-rotate vector 0 0 0 Rotation around the X, Y and Z axes in degrees
-[no]princ bool no Orient molecule(s) along their principal axes
-scale vector 1 1 1 Scaling factor
-density real 1000 Density (g/L) of the output box achieved by scaling
-[no]pbc bool no Remove the periodicity (make molecule whole again)
-resnr int -1 Renumber residues starting from resnr
-[no]grasp bool no Store the charge of the atom in the B-factor field and the radius of the atom in the occupancy field
-rvdw real 0.12 Default Van der Waals radius (in nm) if one can not be found in the database or if no parameters are present in the topology file
-[no]sig56 bool no Use rmin/2 (minimum in the Van der Waals potential) rather than σ/2
-[no]vdwread bool no Read the Van der Waals radii from the file vdwradii.dat rather than computing the radii based on the force field
-[no]atom bool no Force B-factor attachment per atom
-[no]legend bool no Make B-factor legend
-label string A Add chain label for all residues
-[no]conect bool no Add CONECT records to a .pdb file when written. Can only be done when a topology is present

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