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Troubleshooting – PB Jelly Install on Emu Continued

The last “fix” didn’t fix everything.

This time, I received an error message that was related to blasr. Some internet searching revealed that I needed to have various library files saved to a variable named: $LD_LIBRARY_PATH

To fix this, I added the following line to the /etc/bash.bashrc file:

export "LD_LIBRARY_PATH=${LD_LIBRARY_PATH:+${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}:}/home/shared/lib:"

The line uses a fancy bash test to determine if the $LD_LIBRARY_PATH variable already exists. This is to prevent the $LD_LIBRARY_PATH from having a leading ":".

As usual, the solution to that problem was found courtesy of StackExchange (#162891).

Also, by putting this line in the /etc/bash.bashrc file, it makes the variable available for all users.

Below are some screen caps to document the process:

Realization that PB Jelly still wasn't going to work:

Identify location of file listed in error message:

Add command to /etc/bash.bashrc to set $LD_LIBRARY_PATH:


Verify blasr can run:

Troubleshooting – PB Jelly Install on Emu

I previously installed and ran PB Jelly. Despite no error messages being output, I noticed something odd during my quick post-assembly stats check: The PB Jelly numbers were identical to the input reference file. This seemed very strange and made me decide to look a bit deeper in the PB Jelly output files.

As it turns out, PB Jelly did not complete successfully! Here’s a look at one of the output files (notice the error messages!):

Looking around the internet seemed to suggest that the issue could be that the blasr program wasn’t in my system PATH (blasr is located in: /home/shared/bin). So, I updated that, since /home/shared/bin wasn’t in the system PATH!:

After doing this, I noticed that the PATH assignment in the /etc/environment file is incorrect – it has the $PATH variable appended to the front of the list. This results in the system PATH appending itself to itself over and over again, resulting in a ridiculously long list (like in the screen cap directly above this text). So, I removed that portion and re-sourced the /etc/environment file to tidy things up.

Fingers crossed this will resolve the issue…

Software Installation – PB Jelly Suite and Blasr on Emu

I followed along with what Sean previously did when installing on Emu, but it appears he didn’t install it in the shared location to make it accessible to all users. So, I’m installing it in the /home/shared/ directory.

First, I need to install legacy blasr from PacBio:

Installed in

cd /home/shared
git clone https://github.com/PacificBiosciences/pitchfork.git
cd pitchfork
git checkout legacy_blasr
make init PREFIX=/home/shared
make blasr  PREFIX=/home/shared

Ran into this error:

make[1]: Leaving directory '/home/shared/pitchfork/ports/thirdparty/zlib'
make -C ports/thirdparty/hdf5 do-install
make[1]: Entering directory '/home/shared/pitchfork/ports/thirdparty/hdf5'
/home/shared/pitchfork/bin/pitchfork fetch --url https://support.hdfgroup.org/ftp/HDF5/releases/hdf5-1.8.16/src/hdf5-1.8.16.tar.gz
fetching https://support.hdfgroup.org/ftp/HDF5/releases/hdf5-1.8.16/src/hdf5-1.8.16.tar.gz
tar zxf hdf5-1.8.16.tar.gz -C /home/shared/pitchfork/workspace

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
Makefile:23: recipe for target '/home/shared/pitchfork/workspace/hdf5-1.8.16' failed
make[1]: *** [/home/shared/pitchfork/workspace/hdf5-1.8.16] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory '/home/shared/pitchfork/ports/thirdparty/hdf5'
Makefile:211: recipe for target 'hdf5' failed
make: *** [hdf5] Error 2

Luckily, I came across this GitHub Issue that addresses this exact problem.

I found the functional URL and downloaded the hdf5-1.8.16.tar.gz file to pitchfork/ports/thirdparty/hdf5. Re-ran make blasr PREFIX=/home/shared and things proceeded without issue. As Sean noted, this part takes a long time.

Load the setup-env.sh (this is located here: /home/shared/setup-env.sh

source setup-env.sh

Blasr install is complete!

Then, install networkx v1.1, per the PB Jelly documentation:

python pip -m install networkx==1.1

On to PB Jelly!

Edited the setup.sh file and entered in the path to the PB Jelly install on Emu (/home/shared/PBSuite_15.8.24/):


#If you use a virtual env - source it here
#source /hgsc_software/PBSuite/pbsuiteVirtualEnv/bin/activate

#This is the path where you've install the suite.
export SWEETPATH=/home/shared/PBSuite_15.8.24/
#for python modules 
#for executables 

Test it out with the test data:

  1. Edit the following file to reflect the paths on Emu to find this test data: /home/shared/PBSuite_15.8.24/docs/jellyExample/Protocol.xml

    <blasr>-minMatch 8 -minPctIdentity 70 -bestn 1 -nCandidates 20 -maxScore -500 -nproc 4 -noSplitSubreads</blasr>
    <input baseDir="/home/shared/PBSuite_15.8.24/docs/jellyExample/data/reads/">

I went through all the stages of the test data and got through it successfully. Seems ready to roll!