Bioperl: SeqIO drivers
Wed, 10 May 2000 17:58:30 +0100

Ewan Birney <> on 10.05.2000 12:06:54
> # install a driver for your own format, which you've put in
> # and the files end in .fmt, you call the format myfmt
> %driver_spec = ('MODULE' => '', 'REGEXP' => "\\.fmt\$");
> Bio::SeqIO->registerDriver("myfmt", %driver_spec);
> # then from anywhere in the program
> $seqin = Bio::SeqIO->new('-file' => 'input.fmt'); # will return an object
>                                                   # of

Hilmar - as far as I can see the only change you are making is that you
can change the hash of

     file_extension => SeqIO/

is that correct? Is there something I am missing here?

     First, my version of SeqIO does not use such a key at all nor is there
     anything in the documentation, but maybe I've messed my source dist (main
     trunk). (BTW it is even better that it doesn't provide this because the
     present code makes some undocumented and subtle assumptions, namely that
     the 'driver' does not implement new() but _new() instead.)

     Second, provided that I understand correctly what you mean, your suggestion
     would be static. That is, first I have to name the driver explicitely each
     time I open a stream, and second, any 'internal' code opening such a stream
     are unaffected, they'd still use the builtin driver. By internal I mean any
     code behind an API (of course, in perl you can always hack the code,
     because there's no binary, but that's not what you're supposed to do). To
     give an example, if I wished to replace the GenBank parser with my own one,
     I can specify it this way as an hard-coded argument to Bio::SeqIO->new(),
     but I cannot interfere with the way the Bio::DB objects turn (=parse) an
     entry retrieved from GenBank into a Bio::Seq object. The latter would still
     use the builtin parser.

     Is there something I'm missing?


> # to replace a driver for an existing format with your own:
> %driver_spec = Bio::SeqIO->getDriver("fasta");
> # retain the format recognition expression, just replace the module name
> $driver_spec{'MODULE'} = "";
> # and re-install
> Bio::SeqIO->registerDriver("fasta", %driver_spec);
> # then from anyhwere in your program
> $seqin = Bio::SeqIO->new('-file' => 'seqs.fasta'); # will now return an object
>                                                    # of

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