[Zinc-fans] ZINC: downloadable purchasing info?

John J. Irwin jji at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Sep 15 21:39:08 PDT 2009

Hi Marc

marc wrote:
> Hi John (and other ZINC fans),
> Quick question that is hopefully simple:
> When downloading the purchasing information for the "all chemical set", 
> the file format appears to be XLS. 
> i.e.       http://zinc.docking.org/subset1/6/6_purch.xls
> Since Excel doesn't allow you to view past ~65000 records, doesn't that 
> make XLS a bad file format
> to use for a collection that is ~13million compounds?.   To my 
> knowledge, XLS isn't a text-based
> file format, making it not readable by text editors (or perl scripts, 
> etc), thus you're stuck with Excel
> (or maybe Open Office).
1. Excel 2007 (and later) does not have the 64K row restriction.
2. It is a tab delimited file with an xls extension, so you can just use
> I.e. wouldn't a better file format be like "csv.gz" or "csv.bz"?   
> (which can be manipulated easier in a text
> editor, searched with "Grep", etc).    
> Thanks for any clarification!
> This actually makes me wonder how you were able to create an XLS file 
> containing data for  ~13 million compounds?
as above, it is a tab-delimited text file.
> -marc
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