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Laboratory for Molecular Simulation
Director: Michael B. Hall Manager: Lisa M. Pérez
Phone: (979) 845-9384Fax (979) 845-2971Rm. 2109 Chemistry
e-mail: mouse@chem.tamu.edu

Spock
by Dr. Jon A. Christopher

Spock is a full-featured molecular graphics program developed by Dr. Jon A. Christopher while in the lab of Thomas O. Baldwin of the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at Texas A&M University. SPOCK has been designed from the ground up to be powerful, flexible and most of all, easy to use.

If you are a researcher at Texas A&M Univeristy, and are interested in using SPOCK, please contact Lisa M. Pérez about obtaining access to the code.

SPOCK Home Page Documentation Tutorials Running Spock Patches Trouble Shooting

Running SPOCK:

chmsgi and any SGI machine that is running IRIX 6.5 or later and has chmsgi:/chem mounted you will need to add the following line to your .tcshrc file:

setenv  SPOCK  /chem/spock/spockv1.0b170/system
alias  spock  /chem/spock/spockv1.0b170/spock

To run SPOCK, type: spock at the shell prompt

If you login to a remote machine, to run SPOCK, you will need to use X11 forwarding when you ssh:
ssh -X username@remote_machine_name
you may have to include the -Y flag from a linux box:
ssh -X username@remote_machine_name

Trouble Shooting

If you receive the error:

Xlib: connection to "labmol4.chem.tamu.edu:0.0" refused by server
Xlib: Client is not authorized to connect to Server
Error: Can't open display:labmol4.chem.tamu.edu:0.0

You need to use X11 forwarding when you ssh to the remote machine as described above

error:
SPOCK: Command not found.

The alias that you created in your .cshrc is either incorrect or has not been activated yet. Check the line in your .tcshrc file and make sure it matches the commands given above. To activate the modified .tcshrc you may log out and log back in or simply type: source   .tcshrc

This will activate any changes made to your .tcshrc file.

error:
A window pops up stating: LICENSE ERROR: License key not found.
If you believe you have a valid license, see the file $SPOCK/LICENSE.readme for hints on what to do now.

If you are a researcher at Texas A&M Univeristy, please contact Lisa M. Pérez about obtaining a license for your machine.