Step 1 for Macintosh PubCrawler:
Downloading and Testing.
Please report problems to pubcrawlerREMOVECAPShelp@gmail.com
the MacPerl application -- version 5.20r4 (requires about 15
Mb disk space). This is freeware. Install it in your Applications
folder. Increase the memory allocated to MacPerl to about
20,000 K or as much as you can spare. (See The
MacPerl Pages for more info about MacPerl.)
Cron for Macintosh by Chris W. Johnson (a binhexed Stuffit archive).
This is $10 shareware (further details from this
site). Install it in your Applications folder.
MacPubCrawler -- the Perl script and associated files (a binhexed Stuffit
archive). This is freeware.
(Upgraders: Please read the README file!
4. Open the MacPubCrawler folder.
5. Run the program in "check-mode":
Double-click the pubcrawler icon in the MacPubcrawler folder.
When the command-line box pops up, type -check meaning check-mode.
A MacPerl window will report if everything looks OK, or if there are any
6. If you got no errors, run the program again:
Double-click the pubcrawler icon
When the command-line box pops up, type -v meaning verbose
You should see a cycling camel and the MacPerl window should be full of
text describing communications between the program and NCBI. When
the cycling camel disappers, the program has finished running. It
might take a few minutes to run.
7. View the output by opening the file "pubcrawler_output.html" with
Netscape (File -> Open ->
Page in Navigator). You should see the results of the
set of searches specified in the file "pubcrawler.config" that is distributed
with the program.
If it looks OK, go onto step
8. If it's not working, look in the MacPerl window for error
messages. There is probably something wrong with your network, or
you need to specify a proxy. If the check-mode (point 5 above) did
not report any errors, see PubCrawler's Technical
Description for suggestions about how to manually configure the network
For your information....
The MacPubCrawler folder contains:
pubcrawler, an executable version version of the program (a MacPerl
pubcrawler.config, a configuration file (contains details of the
searches to be made)
pubcrawler.pl, the Perl source code
After the program has been run, it will also contain:
pubcrawler_output.html, the web page with the results
pubcrawler_log.html a web page logging what happened when the program
pubcrawler.db, a database of PubMed and GenBank entries that have
been met (and when)
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