Version 3.0 of the mailfasta program is available via anonymous FTP from
Mailfasta 3.0 is a UNIX shell script which
will take a DNA or PROTEIN sequence and will mail it to all the
different mail-servers where it can be searched against the DNA or PROTEIN
databases using the FASTA and/or BLAST programs. It can also be used to identify
ORFs using the GRAIL and/or GeneID/NetGene mail servers and to identify homology
using PROSITE blocks with the BLOCKS server.
It uses the new BLAST server at NCBI and the FLAT server in Japan for FASTA
searches because the services at GenBank will be terminated at the end of this
It is packed as an shell archive. It contains :
mailfasta : the UNIX shell script
cid.c : A small c program which will determine if the sequence is DNA or AA
getentry : A shell script which can be used to retrieve entries of interest
mailfasta.doc : The documentation file
The shar file will unpack all these files and will compile cid.c into cid
using the cc c compiler.
mailfasta makes use oif the program 'readseq' for file conversion.
This program MUST be present and is NOT packed with this shar file.
It can be obtained via FTP from various FTP sites (fly.bio.indiana.edu etc.)
This shar file can also be found on this FTP site. First in the 'incomming'
directory and later in the /molbio/unix directory.
Thon de Boer