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Bioinformatics Source Release Collection

This manual is for Bioinformatics Source Release Collection (version 2014.02.24, 24 February 2014).

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1 Introduction

The Bioinformatics Source Release Collection (BioSRC) provides a simple way to install the latest bioinformatics software packages. By using BioSRC, the software source packages are automatically downloaded, compiled and installed, either in your home directory or a system-wide directory such as /opt.

BioSRC allows you, for example, to install easily bioinformatics software for yourself on a system on which you do not have permission to install software system-wide, such as a shared computing cluster; or to install the latest, unpatched packages when those distributed with your operating system are outdated or not configured to your liking.

BioSRC is derived from the GNU Source Release Collection (GSRC), which is in turn based on the GAR build system by Nick Moffitt and the GARstow enhancements by Adam Sampson. GAR was inspired by BSD Ports, a Makefile-based build system, and is written in GNU Make.

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2 Getting started

BioSRC is distributed directly using the Git version control system or via a compressed archive. You can check out the latest version from the Git repository using

$ git clone

This will create a directory biosrc. The build definitions for packages are in the pkg subdirectory. Therein you will find sub-directories for various categories of software: bio for bioinformatics tools, tools for general tools, and libs for software development libraries.

Each package has its own subdirectory within its parent directory, for example bio/emboss or libs/python-biopython. Package directories contain a file for configuring the package and a Makefile for building it. This Makefile will automate the commands needed to build and install the package.

To stay up-to-date with the latest releases of the software, you can pull in recent changes to your local copy of BioSRC:

$ git pull origin master

Alternatively, quarter-annual “snapshots” of BioSRC are made available for download at

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2.1 Initial setup

If you have checked out the source tree from the Git repository you will need to create the build files with the following command,

$ ./bootstrap

Before building any packages you will need to run the top-level configure script. There is only one configuration parameter, the installation prefix, specified with --prefix. For example, to install all the compiled packages under /bio use:

$ ./configure --prefix=/bio
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /usr/bin/mkdir -p
checking for gawk... gawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
checking whether make supports nested variables... yes
checking for recsel... /usr/bin/recsel
checking for recfmt... /usr/bin/recfmt
checking that generated files are newer than configure... done
configure: creating ./config.status
config.status: creating biosrc
config.status: creating gar/
config.status: creating
config.status: creating GNUmakefile
config.status: creating doc/Makefile

You can optionally install the documentation and the biosrc script (see Finding packages). Note that these are installed to the directory specified in the previous step. Be sure to set your environment to be able to use them (see Setting your environment).

$ make install

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2.2 Building a simple package

All interaction with BioSRC is performed via the program Make. When you execute Make via the make command, you generally must provide a target that tells Make which recipe, consisting of a series of pre-defined commands, to execute. For example, the build target will tell Make to execute a recipe to build the software, while the install target will execute a recipe for installing it. Often, a default recipe will be available that will typically build the software, allowing you to omit the build target.

Thus, in BioSRC, to build any package, type make build (or, simply make) in the package’s subdirectory. You can change to the directory with the cd command in the shell, or with the -C option of make. For example, to build the emboss package in the pkg/bio/emboss subdirectory from the root BioSRC directory use:

$ make -C pkg/bio/emboss

This will download, unpack, configure and build the emboss package. The package will be built in the subdirectory pkg/bio/emboss/work.

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2.3 Installing a package

You are now ready to install the package. If you are installing to a new directory tree, first create the directory specified in the top-level configure --prefix option if necessary,

$ mkdir /bio

Then to install the package use the install target,

$ make -C pkg/bio/emboss install

The package should be automatically installed under /bio, with any executable programs under /bio/bin/.

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2.4 Setting your environment

If you want to use the newly installed package without having to specify its full path, you will need to modify the relevant variables in your environment, such as PATH, LD_LIBRARY_PATH, INFOPATH, etc. These variables inform your system of the locations of relevant files on it. For example, PATH contains a list of all directories that contain executable files.

There is a sample script in the top-level BioSRC directory which can be used to set the main environment variables.

$ source

Note that you need to load this file into the current shell with the source command, instead of executing it (which would only apply the definitions temporarily in a subshell).

After loading this file, your environment variables should include the target directory so you can run the new packages directly:

$ echo $PATH
$ which water

If you want to restore your original environment variables they are saved in the variables ORIG_PATH, ORIG_LD_LIBRARY_PATH, etc.


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2.5 Useful targets

To clean up the build directory and delete any downloaded files, use the clean target:

$ make -C pkg/bio/emboss clean

There are other useful targets. For example, the whole build sequence can be broken down into stages as follows:

$ make -C pkg/bio/emboss fetch checksum extract configure build install

Each target depends on the previous one, so typing make -C pkg/bio/emboss install executes all the earlier targets first.

You can install the source code of a package (to, i.e., /bio/src/emboss-6.6.0) using the install-src target. Likewise, the source can be removed using the uninstall-src target.

To see some information about a package, use the target pkg-info.

$ make -C pkg/bio/emboss pkg-info
make: Entering directory '/home/brandon/biosrc/pkg/bio/emboss'
Name:        EMBOSS
Version:     6.6.0
Cite:        pmid:10827456
 EMBOSS is a package of programs for use in molecular biology research.
 The programs cover a range of uses, from sequence alignment, to
 protein motif identification, to nucleotide sequence pattern analysis.
License:     GPLv2 or later
Status:      not installed
make: Leaving directory '/home/brandon/biosrc/pkg/bio/emboss'

The “Status” can be any of: “not installed”, “installed (not stowed)” or “installed (stowed)” (see Package versions).

To view a more concise summary, ideal for producing a list of packages in script, use the target pkg-info-curt.

$ make -C pkg/bio/emboss pkg-info-curt
make: Entering directory '/home/brandon/Projects/biosrc/pkg/bio/emboss'
bio/emboss 6.6.0
 A collection of molecular biology packages
make: Leaving directory '/home/brandon/Projects/biosrc/pkg/bio/emboss'

To get a better idea of what files will be downloaded and which dependencies must be built in order to use a package, use the fetch-list target.

$ make -C pkg/bio/emboss fetch-list
make: Entering directory '/home/brandon/Projects/biosrc/pkg/bio/emboss'
Name:     emboss
Version:  6.6.0
Distribution files:
Patch files:
Signature files:
make: Leaving directory '/home/brandon/Projects/biosrc/pkg/bio/emboss'

Many packages are configurable. To see which configuration options are available to you, you may invoke the help-config target.

Finally, if you choose to remove a package, you may use the uninstall target. This target “un-stows” the package; if you were to re-install it, the package would not need to be re-built. Instead, it would merely be re-stowed. To completely remove a package, use the uninstall-pkg target. When you update a package to a new version, the old version is merely un-stowed and the new version is installed alongside it (see Package versions). In order to clean out old package versions, use the uninstall-pkg-old target.

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2.6 Complex packages

If building or using a package depends on other packages, these will be built automatically in the correct order. To see the dependencies of any package use the dep-list target.

Note that the dependencies can be more than one level deep. All of the dependencies (and the dependencies’ dependencies) will be built and installed first, as needed.

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2.7 Finding packages

BioSRC provides build recipes for many packages. So, how can you find or discover a package relevant to your needs? Fortunately, the build recipes are described by metadata, which can help you in searching. For example, you can use standard GNU tools such as grep to search the text of the build recipes for key words.

A template script is installed, called biosrc, that provides a simple means for searching for packages via keywords, printing information about a package, and printing its location. Since biosrc is installed to the same location as executables installed by BioSRC, if you have set up your environment to use BioSRC packages (see Setting your environment), you can use the biosrc script to access BioSRC from outside the BioSRC directory.

For example, here we search for a multiple sequence alignment tool, discover the program t-coffee, read information about it, and then install it.

$ biosrc search alignment
bio/clustal-omega 1.2.0
 The last alignment program you'll ever need
bio/clustalw 2.1
 Multiple alignment of nucleic acid and protein sequences
bio/emboss 6.6.0
 A collection of molecular biology packages
 Fast approximation of maximum-likelihood phylogenetic trees
bio/fsa 1.15.8
 Fast statistical alignment
bio/hmmer 3.1b1
 Biosequence analysis using profile hidden Markov models
bio/mafft 7.130
 A multiple sequence alignment program
bio/ncbi-blast 2.2.29+
 Basic Local Alignment Search Tool
bio/phyml 20140223
 Estimate phylogenies by maximum likelihood
bio/prank-msa 140110
 A probabilistic multiple alignment program
bio/raxml 8.0.6
 Sequential and parallel Maximum Likelihood inference of phylogenetic trees
bio/t-coffee 10.00.r1613
 A multiple sequence alignment package
bio/trimal 1.2rev59
 A tool for automated alignment trimming
$ ./biosrc info t-coffee
Name:        T-Coffee
Version:     10.00.r1613
Cite:        pmid:10964570
 T-Coffee is a multiple sequence alignment package.  Besides performing
 alignments, it can also combine the output of many alignmnent methods
 into one unique alignment.  It can also combine sequence information
 with protein structural information, profile information or RNA
 secondary structures.
License:     GPLv2+
Status:      not installed
$ make -C $(biosrc path t-coffee) install

If you view the biosrc script’s code, you will find that it is very simple and, indeed, can be used as a template to be expanded to include the functionality that you desire.

More robust searching can be performed with the file MANIFEST.rec. If you have acquired BioSRC by downloading it as a tar.gz archive, this file should be present in the package’s root directory. If you have acquired BioSRC by cloning its code repository, you will have to generate this file. Simply navigate to the package’s root directory and enter make manifest; you will want to run this every time you pull updates to the repository. The resulting file is a recfile, which can be queried as a database using GNU Recutils, which must be installed (see recsel in Recutils).

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3 Advanced configuration

The default behavior of BioSRC may be configured both globally and for individual packages. All configuration is done in simple Makefiles, so some familiarity with GNU Make, while not required, is recommended for more advanced changes.

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3.1 Global configuration

Building a package loads the following configuration files:

Specifies the installation directory prefix. Created by the configure script from

Specifies general configuration variables

Defines the environment variables that are set during each build step.

Defines the list of mirror sites used to download the source tarballs. It is recommended to modify this to use local mirrors.

An optional file that you can create to load extra recipes to use on packages. This file must be created by the user (however, it is not an eroror if the file does not exist).

Much of the behavior of BioSRC is defined by variables that can be customized. Generally speaking, you should override these variables in your file rather than in the gar.*.mk files. That way, you do not have to worry about updates to BioSRC overwriting your changes.

Some of the more important configuration variables are:


If defined (the default), the environment variables C_INCLUDE_PATH, CPLUS_INCLUDE_PATH and LDFLAGS point to the include and lib subdirectories of the installation directory. This forces the use of any previously installed libraries in preference to the normal system libraries. To disable this feature, remove the definition BOOTSTRAP=1 in and rerun configure, or build with BOOTSTRAP undefined on the command-line:

$ make -C pkg/bio/emboss BOOTSTRAP=

Set in


Specifies any packages that should be skipped as dependencies (for example, if you prefer to use existing system packages instead). A space separated list. Set in


Specifies the directories used to cache downloaded source code archives (GARCHIVEDIR) and the archives of the installed packages (GARBALLDIR). Set in


Set this to -j N to allow N parallel processes in the build. Note that multiple dependencies are built one-by-one; only the commands within each build are performed in parallel. Set in


It’s easy to miss the messages printed by BioSRC amongst all the output of the build process. Set this to “y” to enable colorized output of BioSRC messages, which may make them more visible. Set it to anything else to disable color. In either case, four more variables are defined: MSG, MSG2, ERR, OK and OFF. The first four define strings to insert at the beginning of a normal message (MSG, MSG2), an error message (ERR), or a message indicating success (OK). The OFF code is inserted at the end of the message. When USE_COLOR is “y”, these variables contain ANSI escape sequences to change properties of the text (i.e. to set colors or text weight). Otherwise, they may contain textual indicators, such as “==> ” to begin a message. Some sensible default values for both cases are included. Set in


A typical build process produces a lot of textual output. In some cases, you may wish to redirect this output to somewhere other than your screen. In this case, you may set the variable REDIRECT_OUTPUT to any value other than “n”. To edit where the output will be redirected, set the OUTPUT variable. By default, if you set REDIRECT_OUTPUT, standard text output will be redirected to /dev/null, which means it is thrown away, while errors will be printed to the screen. You can instead, for example, redirect to log files of your choosing (see Redirections in Bash for more details on redirection). Set in

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3.2 Package configuration

Each package can be customized to your liking. Because GNU packages follow a standardized build process, customizing the BioSRC build for one is straightforward.

Most packages take their configuration in the form of options passed to the configure script. One may easily customize these options in a BioSRC Makefile by setting the CONFIGURE_OPTS variable. Any options added to this variable will be appended to the options set by default by BioSRC.

CONFIGURE_OPTS = --disable-gtk --without-png

For convenience, every package has a file called in its directory which is imported by its build script. Typically, all user configuration should be done here. By default, it contains the CONFIGURE_OPTS and BUILD_OPTS variables. In some special cases, package-specific, user-customize-able variables are also defined in this file.

Generally speaking, user configuration is done exclusively in while Makefile contains the information and recipes necessary for the package to build correctly. Thus, you should not need to modify the Makefile unless you have special requirements. Note that most configuration options relating to directory locations (such as where to install, where to search for libraries, etc.) are set in the Makefile, because they are necessary for proper building and installation in BioSRC. Therefore, you do not need to worry about setting them correctly in

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3.3 Patching packages

If you have a patch that you would like to apply to a package, the process can be automated by BioSRC. First, in the package’s directory, make a subdirectory called files and move the patch file(s) there. Next, create two variables in the package’s Makefile:

PATCHFILES = my-patch.diff my-patch2.diff

PATCHFILES holds a list of all the patch files in the files subdirectory. PATCHOPTS contains the option switches to pass to the patch program.

Next, the patch file’s checksum is added to the checksums file for the package.

$ make makesum

Note that if the make makesums command fails due to GPG verification and you trust the source from which the package or patch was downloaded, you may instead use make makesums GPGV=true to skip this key verification step.

Finally, you may build the package as normal. The patch(es) will be applied automatically in the process.

$ make install

If the patching process fails and you are sure that the patch is for the version of the package contained in BioSRC, then you may have to modify the -p option in the PATCHOPTS variable (see patch Options in patch).

If the package requires a patch to even build properly, then this is a bug in BioSRC. Please report such build problems to the BioSRC mailing list at (see You should also contact the maintainers of the software package to make them aware of the problem.

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3.4 Package versions

What is actually happening “under the hood” when BioSRC installs a package is slightly more complicated than what has been described so far.

When you install a package, it is first actually installed to the /bio/packages directory in a sub-directory with the name <package>-<version> (i.e. /bio/packages/emboss-6.6.0). In the example of the package emboss, the executable water is installed to /bio/packages/emboss-6.6.0/bin/water instead of /bio/bin/water. All other files installed by the package are installed in a similar manner. Next, BioSRC makes symbolic links to those files inside the parent /bio directory. Thus, /bio/bin/water is ultimately a symlink to /bio/packages/emboss-6.6.0/bin/water. This is referred to as stowing; a package with symlinks to its files installed in the system is said to be stowed.

When a new version of a package is released, you do not have to uninstall the previous version first. When emboss 6.6.1 is built and installed, it is put into its own package directory, /bio/packages/emboss-6.6.1 and the directory of emboss 6.6.0 is left untouched. When BioSRC finalizes the installation, the old symlinks are removed and new ones are created to the latest version’s files. Thus, while there would then actually be two versions of the package installed, only the latest one would be stowed.

If you want to stow a particular version of the package, you may pass the GARVERSION variable to make install. Be sure to update the checksums when you do so, otherwise the process will fail!

$ make -C pkg/bio/emboss makesum install GARVERSION=6.6.0

If you had previously built version 6.6.0, then BioSRC will merely re-stow those files. Of course, if you have not previously built it, or if you have previously run make clean, the package will be built from scratch.

Note: this method may fail if the package naming format or compression algorithm has changed between versions (i.e. a change from tar.gz to tar.xz); in this case you must also modify DISTFILES.

Users wishing to maintain different configurations of a package may take advantage of the GARPROFILE variable. Its value is merely appended to the package directory name, allowing you to have multiple configurations of the same package version installed. For example:

$ make -C pkg/bio/emboss install CONFIGURE_OPTS="--without-x" GARPROFILE="-no-x"

This would install the newly configured package to /bio/packages/emboss-6.6.0-no-x.

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Appendix A Technical information

This appendix gives detailed information on the BioSRC build system. This information is not necessary for most users but it may be of interest to developers and BioSRC maintainers.

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A.1 The BioSRC build system

The BioSRC build system is based on a system called GARstow by Adam Sampson, which, in turn, was based on an earlier system called GAR by Nick Moffitt. In this section, the basic architecture of the BioSRC build system will be described.

BioSRC consists of several system Makefiles plus the Makefile for each package. When the user calls make on a package’s Makefile, the BioSRC system Makefiles are pulled in. There are several of these system Makefiles, all contained in the gar subdirectory:

gar.mkThis file contains the top-level targets such as build or install.
gar.lib.mkThis file contains recipes to perform the sub-tasks for each top-level target (see below).
gar.master.mkThis file contains master URLs for downloading packages (i.e.
gar.libThis directory contains further Makefiles to define common variable values for typical build systems, such as the standard GNU Autotools process.
gar.conf.mkThis file contains the general configuration of BioSRC.
gar.env.mkThe variables in this file are used to properly set the build environment for BioSRC.
config.mkThis file contains the user’s particular BioSRC configuration.

The typical user-level BioSRC Make targets, such as fetch, build or install, come from Depending on the package’s build requirements, as defined in the package’s BioSRC Makefile, these user-level targets will depend on lower-level targets that actually perform the required tasks.

For example, in a typical package, configuration is done with a configure script while building and installing are done with a Makefile. So, for the package emboss, the build target will depend on a target called build-work/emboss-6.6.0/Makefile (build- plus the location of the Makefile distributed with the package). For a Python-based package that is installed via a, the install target will depend on the target install-work/foo-1.0/ The file contains many generalized Make recipes to handle each of these different scenarios.

The directory gar.lib contains Makefiles that set common variable values for packages that share similar build systems. It has a file called, for example, that defines the settings for a package that uses the standard Autotools process.

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A.2 Anatomy of a BioSRC Makefile

BioSRC Makefiles are the point of entry for the user into the BioSRC system. Since BioSRC supplies GNU software and there are GNU coding standards that dictate how package installation is supposed to work, the BioSRC Makefiles for most GNU software packages are similar.

In order to facilitate working with the BioSRC Makefiles in an automated way, such as searching them via a script, they all share a common structure, split into three sections: metadata variables, build variables, and the build recipes. By convention, these three sections are separated by lines of seventy hash symbols (“#”). This helps to visually separate the sections, as well as to provide convenient stopping points when scanning or searching the files.

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A.2.1 Metadata variables

This section consists of variable declarations that describe the package itself. The following variables should be present:

Variable nameDescription
NAMEThis is the common-language, official name of the package. It may contain multiple words and any character. Example: “EMBOSS”
GARNAMEThis is the internal BioSRC name of the package. It should consist of only lower case letters, numbers, hyphens or underscores. Example: “emboss”
UPSTREAMNAME[optional] If the package maintainers ever use a different name for the package, for example a different spelling or capitalization, include it here. This is often useful in specifying URLs or package arcive names. By default, it is equal to GARNAME
GARVERSIONThis is the current version number of the package. Example: “6.6.0”
DISTNAME[optional] This variable contains the distribution name of the package. This variable is automatically constructed and by default it is $(UPSTREAMNAME)-$(GARVERSION). Example: “emboss-6.6.0”
HOME_URLThis is the home URL of the package, where a user might find more information about it. Example: “
DESCRIPTIONThis variable should have a short, one-line description of the package.
BLURB[optional] This should contain a longer, multi-line description of the package. To achieve this, its value needs to be declared using the Make define statement.

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A.2.2 Build variables

The second section of a BioSRC Makefile holds variable definitions that are used in the build process. When possible, it is preferable to use the metadata variables in the build variable definitions, to minimize the number of items that need to be modified should anything change.

Variable nameDescription
MASTER_SITESThis variable defines the top-level URL from where the package files should be retrieved. Many URLs are already defined in variables in the file Multiple sites may be listed; attempts to download a files will proceed for each site listed until one succeeds.
MASTER_SUBDIRThis is the directory of the master site under which the package files can be found.
DISTFILE_SITESThis variable contains URL(s) from which source distribution archives only are to be downloaded.
DISTFILE_SUBDIRThis variable contains the sub-directory of DISTFILE_SITES where the source distributions can be found.
SIGFILE_SITESThis variable contains URL(s) from which signature files only are to be downloaded.
SIGFILE_SUBDIRThis variable contains the sub-directory of SIGFILE_SITES where the signature files can be found.
PATCHFILE_SITESThis variable contains URL(s) from which patch files only are to be downloaded.
PATCHFILE_SUBDIRThis variable contains the sub-directory of DISTFILE_SITES where the source distributions can be found.
FILE_SITESThis variable lists file URIs where files can be found locally. By default this contains the files sub-directory of the package’s BioSRC directory and the location specified by the variable GARCHIVEDIR. Note that these URIs should be prefaced with “file://”.
DISTFILESThis variable contains a space-separated list of all of the source distribution archives to be fetched.
SIGFILESThis variable contains a space-separated list of all the signature files to fetch.
PATCHFILESThis variable contains a space-separated list of all the patch files to fetch.
WORKSRCThis variable contains the name of the directory where all of the work should take place. Its default value is $(WORKDIR)/$(DISTNAME), which should be sufficient for most cases, so it is normally not necessary to set this variable. If, however, the package’s source archive extracts to a directory with some other name, you should set it here. This should always begin with $(WORKDIR), which by default is the work subdirectory of the BioSRC package’s sub-directory.
WORKOBJThis variable defines the location where the build process should take place. Normally, and by default, this is the same as WORKSRC, however some packages recommend building in a directory separate from the location of the source code.
CONFIGURE_SCRIPTSThis variable contains a list of the scripts or files that need to be run during the configuration step of the build process. Phony targets may also be included.
BUILD_SCRIPTSThis variable contains a list of the scripts or files that need to be run during the build step of the build process. Phony targets may also be included.
INSTALL_SCRIPTSThis variable contains a list of the scripts or files that need to be run during the install step of the build process. Phony targets may also be included.
INFO_FILESThis variable contains a list of all of the Info documentation files installed by a program. To use this variable, you must include the file from the gar.lib directory. If this variable is not defined and is included, then it will have a default value of $(GARNAME).info
BUILDDEPSThis variable contains a space-separated list of the programs required to build the package, using their GARNAMEs.
LIBDEPSThis variable is slightly a misnomer. It is a space-separated list of all the programs and/or libraries required at run-time by the package.

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A.2.3 Build recipes

The final section of the BioSRC Makefile contains the specifics of building the package. For many cases, it is sufficient to just add include ../../../gar/gar.lib/, which will work for any package that follows the GNU building and installation standards. This will, among other actions, automatically define the CONFIGURE_SCRIPTS, BUILD_SCRIPTS and INSTALL_SCRIPTS variables and it will include the Makefile. If the package does not follow this building standard, then add include ../../../gar/ directly. Following this, the user’s package configuration should be loaded with include

Because there is the possibility that the user specify some configuration options, any further options that must be set within the Makefile should be done after the user configuration has been loaded. By convention, whereas the user specifies options with the CONFIGURE_OPTS and BUILD_OPTS variables, inside the BioSRC Makefile options should be included by appending to the CONFIGURE_ARGS and BUILD_ARGS variables:

CONFIGURE_ARGS += --some-option

Finally, if necessary, the actual recipes are written. Note that if gar/gar.lib/ was included, no recipes should need to be written. In general, there are two kinds of targets for which recipes may need to be written.

The first correspond to the files listed under CONFIGURE_SCRIPTS, BUILD_SCRIPTS and INSTALL_SCRIPTS. As mentioned previously, user-level targets, such as build, depend on lower-level targets such as build-work/emboss-6.6.0/Makefile. These are the targets that must be implemented for each of the designated configure/build/install scripts. For each target, a recipe is written using the normal Make syntax to perform the necessary task. Recall that phony targets may be specified as configure/build/install scripts. So, if INSTALL_SCRIPTS = java, then a target named install-java must be written.

The second kind of targets that may be written are pre- and post- rules. These recipes are run before or after the specified top-level target. For example, a target called pre-build is run immediately before the build target. These targets are convenient for performing pre- or post-processing on files. Note that there are also pre-everything and post-everything targets that can be written.

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A.2.4 A simple example

GARNAME = hmmer
DESCRIPTION = Biosequence analysis using profile hidden Markov models
define BLURB
HMMER is used for searching sequence databases for homologs of protein
sequences, and for making protein sequence alignments. It implements
methods using probabilistic models called profile hidden Markov models
(profile HMMs). 
CITE = doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002195





include ../../../gar/gar.lib/

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A.2.5 A complex example

GARNAME = mafft
DESCRIPTION = A multiple sequence alignment program
define BLURB
MAFFT is a multiple sequence alignment program offering a variety of
different alignment methods.
LICENSE = 3-clause BSD
CITE = doi:10.1093/molbev/mst010


MASTER_SUBDIR = alignment/software/
DISTNAME = $(GARNAME)-$(GARVERSION)-without-extensions
PATCHFILES = $(GARNAME)-$(GARVERSION)-destdir-install.patch
INSTALL_SCRIPTS = $(WORKSRC)/Makefile symlinks




include ../../../gar/

INSTALL_ARGS += PREFIX=$(packageprefix)
LINKED_PROGS = linsi ginsi einsi fftns fftnsi nwns nwnsi xinsi qinsi \
mafft-linsi mafft-ginsi mafft-einsi mafft-fftns mafft-fftnsi \
mafft-nwns mafft-nwnsi mafft-xinsi mafft-qinsi

	sed -i 's|s:_LIBDIR:$$(LIBDIR)|s:_LIBDIR:$(packagedir)/libexec/mafft|' $(WORKSRC)/Makefile
	sed -i 's|s:_BINDIR:$$(BINDIR)|s:_BINDIR:$(packagedir)/bin|' $(WORKSRC)/Makefile

install-symlinks: install-$(WORKSRC)/Makefile
	for f in $(LINKED_PROGS); do \
		rm -f $(packageprefix)/bin/$$f; \
		ln -s $(packagedir)/bin/mafft $(packageprefix)/bin/$$f; \
	rm -f $(packageprefix)/bin/mafft-profile
	rm -f $(packageprefix)/bin/mafft-profile.exe
	ln -s $(packagedir)/libexec/mafft-profile $(packageprefix)/bin/mafft-profile
	rm -f $(packageprefix)/bin/mafft-distance
	rm -f $(packageprefix)/bin/mafft-distance.exe
	ln -s $(packagedir)/libexec/mafft-distance $(packageprefix)/bin/mafft-distance

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Appendix B GNU Free Documentation License

Version 1.3, 3 November 2008
Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
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    The purpose of this License is to make a manual, textbook, or other functional and useful document free in the sense of freedom: to assure everyone the effective freedom to copy and redistribute it, with or without modifying it, either commercially or noncommercially. Secondarily, this License preserves for the author and publisher a way to get credit for their work, while not being considered responsible for modifications made by others.

    This License is a kind of “copyleft”, which means that derivative works of the document must themselves be free in the same sense. It complements the GNU General Public License, which is a copyleft license designed for free software.

    We have designed this License in order to use it for manuals for free software, because free software needs free documentation: a free program should come with manuals providing the same freedoms that the software does. But this License is not limited to software manuals; it can be used for any textual work, regardless of subject matter or whether it is published as a printed book. We recommend this License principally for works whose purpose is instruction or reference.


    This License applies to any manual or other work, in any medium, that contains a notice placed by the copyright holder saying it can be distributed under the terms of this License. Such a notice grants a world-wide, royalty-free license, unlimited in duration, to use that work under the conditions stated herein. The “Document”, below, refers to any such manual or work. Any member of the public is a licensee, and is addressed as “you”. You accept the license if you copy, modify or distribute the work in a way requiring permission under copyright law.

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    The “Title Page” means, for a printed book, the title page itself, plus such following pages as are needed to hold, legibly, the material this License requires to appear in the title page. For works in formats which do not have any title page as such, “Title Page” means the text near the most prominent appearance of the work’s title, preceding the beginning of the body of the text.

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    The Document may include Warranty Disclaimers next to the notice which states that this License applies to the Document. These Warranty Disclaimers are considered to be included by reference in this License, but only as regards disclaiming warranties: any other implication that these Warranty Disclaimers may have is void and has no effect on the meaning of this License.


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    You may also lend copies, under the same conditions stated above, and you may publicly display copies.


    If you publish printed copies (or copies in media that commonly have printed covers) of the Document, numbering more than 100, and the Document’s license notice requires Cover Texts, you must enclose the copies in covers that carry, clearly and legibly, all these Cover Texts: Front-Cover Texts on the front cover, and Back-Cover Texts on the back cover. Both covers must also clearly and legibly identify you as the publisher of these copies. The front cover must present the full title with all words of the title equally prominent and visible. You may add other material on the covers in addition. Copying with changes limited to the covers, as long as they preserve the title of the Document and satisfy these conditions, can be treated as verbatim copying in other respects.

    If the required texts for either cover are too voluminous to fit legibly, you should put the first ones listed (as many as fit reasonably) on the actual cover, and continue the rest onto adjacent pages.

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    It is requested, but not required, that you contact the authors of the Document well before redistributing any large number of copies, to give them a chance to provide you with an updated version of the Document.


    You may copy and distribute a Modified Version of the Document under the conditions of sections 2 and 3 above, provided that you release the Modified Version under precisely this License, with the Modified Version filling the role of the Document, thus licensing distribution and modification of the Modified Version to whoever possesses a copy of it. In addition, you must do these things in the Modified Version:

    1. Use in the Title Page (and on the covers, if any) a title distinct from that of the Document, and from those of previous versions (which should, if there were any, be listed in the History section of the Document). You may use the same title as a previous version if the original publisher of that version gives permission.
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    9. Preserve the section Entitled “History”, Preserve its Title, and add to it an item stating at least the title, year, new authors, and publisher of the Modified Version as given on the Title Page. If there is no section Entitled “History” in the Document, create one stating the title, year, authors, and publisher of the Document as given on its Title Page, then add an item describing the Modified Version as stated in the previous sentence.
    10. Preserve the network location, if any, given in the Document for public access to a Transparent copy of the Document, and likewise the network locations given in the Document for previous versions it was based on. These may be placed in the “History” section. You may omit a network location for a work that was published at least four years before the Document itself, or if the original publisher of the version it refers to gives permission.
    11. For any section Entitled “Acknowledgements” or “Dedications”, Preserve the Title of the section, and preserve in the section all the substance and tone of each of the contributor acknowledgements and/or dedications given therein.
    12. Preserve all the Invariant Sections of the Document, unaltered in their text and in their titles. Section numbers or the equivalent are not considered part of the section titles.
    13. Delete any section Entitled “Endorsements”. Such a section may not be included in the Modified Version.
    14. Do not retitle any existing section to be Entitled “Endorsements” or to conflict in title with any Invariant Section.
    15. Preserve any Warranty Disclaimers.

    If the Modified Version includes new front-matter sections or appendices that qualify as Secondary Sections and contain no material copied from the Document, you may at your option designate some or all of these sections as invariant. To do this, add their titles to the list of Invariant Sections in the Modified Version’s license notice. These titles must be distinct from any other section titles.

    You may add a section Entitled “Endorsements”, provided it contains nothing but endorsements of your Modified Version by various parties—for example, statements of peer review or that the text has been approved by an organization as the authoritative definition of a standard.

    You may add a passage of up to five words as a Front-Cover Text, and a passage of up to 25 words as a Back-Cover Text, to the end of the list of Cover Texts in the Modified Version. Only one passage of Front-Cover Text and one of Back-Cover Text may be added by (or through arrangements made by) any one entity. If the Document already includes a cover text for the same cover, previously added by you or by arrangement made by the same entity you are acting on behalf of, you may not add another; but you may replace the old one, on explicit permission from the previous publisher that added the old one.

    The author(s) and publisher(s) of the Document do not by this License give permission to use their names for publicity for or to assert or imply endorsement of any Modified Version.


    You may combine the Document with other documents released under this License, under the terms defined in section 4 above for modified versions, provided that you include in the combination all of the Invariant Sections of all of the original documents, unmodified, and list them all as Invariant Sections of your combined work in its license notice, and that you preserve all their Warranty Disclaimers.

    The combined work need only contain one copy of this License, and multiple identical Invariant Sections may be replaced with a single copy. If there are multiple Invariant Sections with the same name but different contents, make the title of each such section unique by adding at the end of it, in parentheses, the name of the original author or publisher of that section if known, or else a unique number. Make the same adjustment to the section titles in the list of Invariant Sections in the license notice of the combined work.

    In the combination, you must combine any sections Entitled “History” in the various original documents, forming one section Entitled “History”; likewise combine any sections Entitled “Acknowledgements”, and any sections Entitled “Dedications”. You must delete all sections Entitled “Endorsements.”


    You may make a collection consisting of the Document and other documents released under this License, and replace the individual copies of this License in the various documents with a single copy that is included in the collection, provided that you follow the rules of this License for verbatim copying of each of the documents in all other respects.

    You may extract a single document from such a collection, and distribute it individually under this License, provided you insert a copy of this License into the extracted document, and follow this License in all other respects regarding verbatim copying of that document.


    A compilation of the Document or its derivatives with other separate and independent documents or works, in or on a volume of a storage or distribution medium, is called an “aggregate” if the copyright resulting from the compilation is not used to limit the legal rights of the compilation’s users beyond what the individual works permit. When the Document is included in an aggregate, this License does not apply to the other works in the aggregate which are not themselves derivative works of the Document.

    If the Cover Text requirement of section 3 is applicable to these copies of the Document, then if the Document is less than one half of the entire aggregate, the Document’s Cover Texts may be placed on covers that bracket the Document within the aggregate, or the electronic equivalent of covers if the Document is in electronic form. Otherwise they must appear on printed covers that bracket the whole aggregate.


    Translation is considered a kind of modification, so you may distribute translations of the Document under the terms of section 4. Replacing Invariant Sections with translations requires special permission from their copyright holders, but you may include translations of some or all Invariant Sections in addition to the original versions of these Invariant Sections. You may include a translation of this License, and all the license notices in the Document, and any Warranty Disclaimers, provided that you also include the original English version of this License and the original versions of those notices and disclaimers. In case of a disagreement between the translation and the original version of this License or a notice or disclaimer, the original version will prevail.

    If a section in the Document is Entitled “Acknowledgements”, “Dedications”, or “History”, the requirement (section 4) to Preserve its Title (section 1) will typically require changing the actual title.


    You may not copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute the Document except as expressly provided under this License. Any attempt otherwise to copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute it is void, and will automatically terminate your rights under this License.

    However, if you cease all violation of this License, then your license from a particular copyright holder is reinstated (a) provisionally, unless and until the copyright holder explicitly and finally terminates your license, and (b) permanently, if the copyright holder fails to notify you of the violation by some reasonable means prior to 60 days after the cessation.

    Moreover, your license from a particular copyright holder is reinstated permanently if the copyright holder notifies you of the violation by some reasonable means, this is the first time you have received notice of violation of this License (for any work) from that copyright holder, and you cure the violation prior to 30 days after your receipt of the notice.

    Termination of your rights under this section does not terminate the licenses of parties who have received copies or rights from you under this License. If your rights have been terminated and not permanently reinstated, receipt of a copy of some or all of the same material does not give you any rights to use it.


    The Free Software Foundation may publish new, revised versions of the GNU Free Documentation License from time to time. Such new versions will be similar in spirit to the present version, but may differ in detail to address new problems or concerns. See

    Each version of the License is given a distinguishing version number. If the Document specifies that a particular numbered version of this License “or any later version” applies to it, you have the option of following the terms and conditions either of that specified version or of any later version that has been published (not as a draft) by the Free Software Foundation. If the Document does not specify a version number of this License, you may choose any version ever published (not as a draft) by the Free Software Foundation. If the Document specifies that a proxy can decide which future versions of this License can be used, that proxy’s public statement of acceptance of a version permanently authorizes you to choose that version for the Document.


    “Massive Multiauthor Collaboration Site” (or “MMC Site”) means any World Wide Web server that publishes copyrightable works and also provides prominent facilities for anybody to edit those works. A public wiki that anybody can edit is an example of such a server. A “Massive Multiauthor Collaboration” (or “MMC”) contained in the site means any set of copyrightable works thus published on the MMC site.

    “CC-BY-SA” means the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license published by Creative Commons Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation with a principal place of business in San Francisco, California, as well as future copyleft versions of that license published by that same organization.

    “Incorporate” means to publish or republish a Document, in whole or in part, as part of another Document.

    An MMC is “eligible for relicensing” if it is licensed under this License, and if all works that were first published under this License somewhere other than this MMC, and subsequently incorporated in whole or in part into the MMC, (1) had no cover texts or invariant sections, and (2) were thus incorporated prior to November 1, 2008.

    The operator of an MMC Site may republish an MMC contained in the site under CC-BY-SA on the same site at any time before August 1, 2009, provided the MMC is eligible for relicensing.

ADDENDUM: How to use this License for your documents

To use this License in a document you have written, include a copy of the License in the document and put the following copyright and license notices just after the title page:

  Copyright (C)  year  your name.
  Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
  under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3
  or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
  with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover
  Texts.  A copy of the license is included in the section entitled ``GNU
  Free Documentation License''.

If you have Invariant Sections, Front-Cover Texts and Back-Cover Texts, replace the “with…Texts.” line with this:

    with the Invariant Sections being list their titles, with
    the Front-Cover Texts being list, and with the Back-Cover Texts
    being list.

If you have Invariant Sections without Cover Texts, or some other combination of the three, merge those two alternatives to suit the situation.

If your document contains nontrivial examples of program code, we recommend releasing these examples in parallel under your choice of free software license, such as the GNU General Public License, to permit their use in free software.