TLSMD: Installation

TLS Motion Determination (TLSMD) analyzes a protein crystal structure for evidence of flexibility, e.g. local or inter-domain motions.[1][2] It does this by partitioning the protein chains into multiple segments that are modeled as rigid bodies undergoing TLS (Translation/Libration/Screw) vibrational motion. It generates all possible partitions up to a specified maximum number of TLS groups. Each trial partition is evaluated by how well it predicts the observed atomic displacement parameters (ADPs, "thermal parameters") that came out of crystallographic refinement.

Note: On 2008-02-15, we released version 1.0.0 of tlsmd. It is available for download on sourceforge.



Note: This section will cover the install of pymmlib, including tlsmd, on a 64-bit system running Mandriva Linux (>=2007.1). However, most of it should work for 32-bit systems and any other Linux distribution.

It is best to get the package as follows:

svn co pymmlib


Note: It very much depends if you are running on a 32- or 64-bit machine. So, instead of, say "liblapack" (32-bit), you would install "lib64lapack" (64-bit)


Note: See Installation Guide for LAPACK for detailed information.

tar xvf lapack.tgz && cd lapack-3.1.1/
SHELL    = /bin/sh
FORTRAN  = gcc -fPIC -shared
OPTS     = -funroll-all-loops -O3
NOOPT    =
LOADER   = gcc -fPIC
TIMER    = NONE  # not needed
ARCH     = ar
RANLIB   = ranlib
BLASLIB  = ../../blas$(PLAT).a
LAPACKLIB= lapack$(PLAT).a
TMGLIB   = tmglib$(PLAT).a
EIGSRCLIB= eigsrc$(PLAT).a
LINSRCLIB= linsrc$(PLAT).a

Note: The default build will produce lapack_LINUX.a. However, we want a shared object (i.e.,

nm lapack_LINUX.a|grep gfortran  # check that gfortran was used
mkdir tmp_lapack; cp lapack_LINUX.a tmp_lapack/; cd tmp_lapack/
ar -x lapack_LINUX.a  # extract objects from archive
gcc -fPIC -lgfortran -shared *.o -Wl,-soname, -o
objdump -p |grep SONAME  # should return ""
ldd   # will show you which version of libgfortran was used

# Do the same for blas
mkdir tmp_blas; cp blas_LINUX.a tmp_blas/; cd tmp_blas/
ar -x blas_LINUX.a
gcc -fPIC -lgfortran -shared *.o -W1,-soname, -o
objdump -p |grep SONAME
ldconfig  # as root
mv /lib64/; cd !$
ln -s /lib64/
ln -s /lib64/
mv /lib64/; cd !$
ln -s /lib64/
ln -s /lib64/

you can let ldconfig take care of it, iff you have correctly labeled SONAME's in the shared libraries you just built.


Before you build/install anything, check the following file for the correct settings (e.g., correct paths):

vi pymmlib/mmLib/
python buildlib
python checkdeps  # if all is good, then
python build      # if all is good, then
python install    # as root

Set the PYTHONPATH environment variable:

export PYTHONPATH=/usr/bin/python:$HOME/tlsmd/pymmlib:$HOME/tlsmd/pymmlib/mmLib

Make the necessary changes to:



make install  # creates and copies it to tlsmd/bin/

Make the necessary changes to the following file:



a soname is a field of data in a shared object file. The soname provides version backwards-compatibility information to the system. For instance, if a program requests to use version 1.0 of a shared object but the system only includes version 2.0 of that shared object, the soname field of the shared object tells the system whether it is usable in the place of version 1.0.


ranlib generates an index to the contents of an archive and stores it in the archive. The index lists each symbol defined by a member of an archive that is a relocatable object file.

You may use nm -s or nm --print-armap to list this index.

An archive with such an index speeds up linking to the library and allows routines in the library to call each other without regard to their placement in the archive.

The GNU ranlib program is another form of GNU ar; running ranlib is completely equivalent to executing ar -s.


TLSMD; TLS motion; web server; computer programs; TLS, translation libration screw; macromolecular crystallography; protein crystallography.

See also


  1. Painter J, Merritt EA (2006). "Optimal description of a protein structure in terms of multiple groups undergoing TLS motion". Acta Cryst, D62(4):439-450. DOI:10.1107/S0907444906005270 .
  2. Painter J, Merritt EA (2006). "TLSMD web server for the generation of multi-group TLS models". J Appl Cryst, 39(1):109-111. DOI:10.1107/S0021889805038987

Last Modified 21 March 2008