[EMBOSS] Bug in Dotmatcher

David Leader david.leader at glasgow.ac.uk
Thu Jan 23 10:49:07 UTC 2014

I realize that EMBOSS is no longer funded and that the people that support it do so voluntarily. 
Hence I can guess why a bug report I submitted to emboss-bug at emboss.open-bio.org (and followed up) was not answered.
However I use EMBOSS in teaching Bioinformatics because the Unix command-line interface is 'good' for the students, and they can write scripts to pipeline programs, so I'd like to try to follow this up. I think there is a bug in the current version of Dotmatcher:

The current version of dotmatcher labels the axes incorrectly. 

I have an older version of EMBOSS (version number: 5.0.0) running under SunOS 5.8 where it labels the axes correctly. 
This machine is about to be retired so for teaching I switched to:
Running  EMBOSS version number: on a newer Unix box running Linux version 3.8.8-server-1.mga3. However here the axis labels are reversed, incorrectly. (I am sure of this because of their length and result).

All done with exactly the same files on the command line with exactly the same commands one after another.

Is this a known bug? Can it be fixed?

David Leader


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College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences,
University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
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