Rosetta 3.2 with Ubuntu 11.04

Rosetta is a very useful program for the prediction of protein structure, folding and interactions be that docking with proteins or ligands.

However, the current version of Rosetta (3.2.1) uses SCons to compile itself on your system. This is usually fine except that these use gcc libraries 4.1 and before.

Ubunutu 11.04 considers anything before gcc v4.4 to be obsolete and you can’t install them (even with apt-get).

As a result, a small amount of hacking is required.

First get SCons. Open a new terminal window.

sudo apt-get install scons

Check that the file tree has been updated

sudo apt-get update

Now you can unzip your Rosetta download to wherever you like. I personally put new software into /opt

Change your terminal window to the correct path. So in my case

cd /opt/rosetta

Now in a perfect world, and according to the installation instructions you should be able to type:

scons bin mode=release

And Rosetta will install and compile itself. However, amongst a load of other errors you’ll see the root of the problem

KeyError: "Unknown version number 4.5 for compiler 'gcc'"

Now, the first thing I tried was to specify a fixed gcc version for SCons to run

scons bin mode=release cxx=gcc cxx_ver=4.4

But this doesn’t work as gcc v4.4 is still too new. And any version before 4.4 isnt supported by Ubuntu.

The solution

This isn’t a short or elegant solution, but it is a solution that got Rosetta to install for me. If you have any troubles yourself I recommend you head on over to the Rosetta forums.

Install zlib

Install zlib (developer version) to ensure all your necessary libraries are installed

sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev
sudo apt-get update


In /rosetta_path/tools/build there is the file basic.settings

At line 203, I needed to add

"gcc, 4.5" : {
    "appends" : {
        "version"       : [ "4", "5" ],
        "flags" : {
            "compile"   : [ "-param inline-unit-growth=1000",
            "-param large-function-growth=50000" ],

I didn’t change line 329 but you can for completeness if you so wish.


In /rosetta_path/tools/build there is the file options.settings

Line 11 and 12 now read

    "cxx" : {
        "gcc"     : [ "3.3", "3.4", "4.0", "4.1", "4.2", "4.3","4.4","4.5", "*" ],

So as to include v4.4 and 4.5

Finally and most importantly, in /rosetta_path/src/core/conformation/symmetry open At line 357 there is an if statement. What we need to do is change the “else” argument so that the reference is correct (I’ve commented out the old line)

#ifdef WIN32
pose::PDBInfoOP pdb_info_src (new pose::PDBInfo( pose.pdb_info() ));
/// pose::PDBInfoOP pdb_info_src = new pose::PDBInfo::PDBInfo( pose.pdb_info() );
pose::PDBInfoOP pdb_info_src = new pose::PDBInfo( pose.pdb_info() );

Apparently this is required as the new versions of gcc are fussier about their name references than older versions.

After which we can now go back to the terminal and type:

scons bin mode=release cxx=gcc cxx_ver=4.5

After some amount of processing time (~30mins on my dual core 2.8 GHz), you should be greeted with the final lines

Install file: "build/src/release/linux/2.6/64/x86/gcc/4.5/super_aln.linuxgccrelease" as "bin/super_aln.linuxgccrelease"
scons: done building targets.

Credit goes to those on the Rosetta forums for help.