Tutorial Set Up


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These tutorials are written for a linux operating system, specifically Ubuntu 18.04, with a number of bioinformatic tools installed. In case you don’t work under Linux already, e.g. you have a Windows laptop, or don’t want to install all the tools yourself this page gives detailed instructions on how to set up a tutorial environment on any computer using VirtualBox.

Setting up the environment is hopefully easy, definitely free and should not take longer than 60 minutes most of the time being downloads (so you can get a coffee or something to eat while your computer is doing the work). That said, the installation time depends on your internet connection, of course. Another advantage of the VirtualBox environment is that you can install it on a USB stick (>32GB) and then start, continue or re-do the tutorial on eny computer that has VirtualBox installed. All your data and temporary files will be stored in the environment on your stick. e\

Windows 10 - Ubuntu sub-system

Windows 10 users may also be able to run the install script and download the data into the Ubuntu sub-system. However, this has not been tested and it might be easier to just follow the instructions below to set up a Ubuntu VM.

Mac users

The easiest way especially for inexperienced Mac users is to follow the instructions below to set up a VirtualBox environment. However, it is also possible to install the tools used in the tutorials and download the tutorial data yourself. Unfortunately, the install script that downloads and sets up the Linux environment will not work for Mac because it uses Debian’s Aptitude package manager. You will therefore have to figure out potential installation problems yourself.

Linux users

If you are already working on Ubuntu 16.04 or 18.04 you can directly run the install script and download the tutorial data as described below. For other Debian-based linux distributions the installation script should also work although this has not been tested.

The installation script will make changes to your .bash_profile and may create additional folders such as ~/github and symlinks in /etc/bin. If you don't like this please install the tutorial tools manually.

Compute Requirements


To set up the virtual environment and do the tutorial I recommend a minimum of

It will be possible to run the tutorial with half of the required specs but it will be slow and you will have to delete temporary files as you may not have enough free space to save all files at the same time.

You can install the virtual environment on a USB stick or external hard-drive in case you don't have 40GB on your computer to spare. An advantage is that you can take the tutorial with you and continue/finish it on another computer. However, make sure that the harddrive/stick has high read/write specs. Otherwise execution of the different commands may be very slow.