Docker saves the day!
Here is a great example of how Docker can help save a NATURE paper!
Problem: Professor wants to use a specific virology program called
rivem (links below.) However, this only works on a Linux system.
Solution: download a small, 64Mb, Ubuntu Docker image and run the
rivem program inside a Docker container!
This requires just a few steps:
- Step 1: download the program:
- Step 2: download relevant 3D PDB data, e.g. rhinoviruses B14, A16, and C15 from the Protein Data Bank
- Step 3: download the ubuntu docker image from hub.docker.com with command:
docker pull ubuntu
- Step 4: start the image with a shared directory containing the PDB data, for example:
docker run -it --rm -v $HOME/dockershare/:/data ubuntu
- step 5: go to the appropriate directory and run the
rivemcommand to create the roadmap
- Step 6: relish in the result!:
rivemis available from Purdue
- Missing image of manual at Purdue is visible on this version of the rivem manual from the author now at UTEP
Xiao C, Rossmann MG, Interpretation of electron density with stereographic roadmap projections. J Struct Biol. 2007 May;158(2):182-7. Epub 2006 Oct 24. PMID:17116403 PMCID:PMC1978246 DOI:10.1016/j.jsb.2006.10.013