Instruction for the command 'ckcombu' in the "KCOMBU" program

July 23, 2015
Takeshi Kawabata
Laboratory of Protein Informatics
Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University

[Reference for KCOMBU]
Kawabata T. Build-up algorithm for atomic correspondence between chemical structure. J.Chem.Info.Model., 2011, 51, 1775-1787.

The program ckcombu is developed for converting the file format of chemical structure. Especially, the program ckcombu can input and output SMILES string, it can generate a 2D structure of chemical comound.


The source code of the kcombu is mainly written in C, and developed and executed the linux environment (actually on the Fedora Core). Some additional programs for 2D graphics and statistical analyses are written in python. For the installation, you need the gcc compiler. If you want to use another compipler, please change the "Makefile" in the "src" directory. The standard installation procedures are as follows:

  1. download the file "kcombu-src-[date].tar.gz" file.
  2. tar zxvf kcombu-src-[date].tar.gz
  3. cd src
  4. make -f Makefile.ckcombu

If the sources is successfully compiled, an execution file "ckcombu" will appear in the "../src" directory.

Simple Usage of 'ckcombu' program


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  2. Weininger, D., Weininger, A. & Weininger, J. L. SMILES. 2. a lgorithms for generation of unique SMILES notation. J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci. 29, 97-101 (1989).