compiling clustalx executables
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I am attempting to install ClustalX onto a Ubuntu 15 workstation, and have been experiencing difficulties in the compilation step. The instructions indicate that qt developer 4.3 or higher is required. The workstation I'm accessing does not have qt, but I'm certain that there is some way to compile the executables directly and complete the installation. There is no Makefile. The file clustalx2 is a bash script, clustalx is an ascii text executable. I had assumed that the latter could be compiled with C++, but running gcc clustalx gives a file format not recognizable error.

If somebody knows how to complete the compilation without the makefile and qt I would appreciate any suggestions.

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Are you installing some super-duper development version of ClustalX? Because you can save time and effort by doing

sudo apt-get install clustalx


The Ubuntu version is 2.1 (see below) so there is nothing really to gain by compiling ver 2.1 from source:

http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise/clustalx
ftp://ftp.ebi.ac.uk/pub/software/clustalw2/2.1/

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Thanks. That saved me a lot of trouble, though I'm still curious as to how the compilation is supposed to work without the makefile.

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Happy that it did work for you. If you need to know how the clustalx is being compiled, you may look around at Debian:

https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/clustalx

Also depending how trivial is the alignment task, you may check mafft & t-coffee.