From: René Hafner TUK (
Date: Fri Oct 23 2020 - 03:25:46 CDT

Dear Kelly,

First recommendation:
  Use Jrme Hnin qwrap tool for wrapping/unwrapping of trajectories.

It is a lot faster than the pbctools wrap command. (:

2. What file sizes are we talking about here? Dozens of GB or TB?

 From my point of view:

  If you have a PC or cluster node with enough RAM it might be better
to load the whole 2s DCD at once.

I'd say if the simulation ran properly regarding the Box size (NVT I
guess) there shouldn't be too much of a problem regarding wrapping the
trajectory. It might just be that the dynamics are unreasonable if the
protein segment interact with other parts of themselves by PBC and
therefore may invalidate the results.

Kind regards


On 10/22/2020 11:06 PM, McGuire, Kelly wrote:
> I know many people have asked a similar question and the topic is
> quite exhausted. However, I have tried multiple combinations of PBC
> wrap that I have found int he mailing list or in the manual and they
> aren't working this case.
> Problem Background:
> I just started a postdoc and have been asked to help one of the grad
> students to get the protein joined back together and re-centered in
> the water box. He has run a 2-microsecond simulation of a multimeric
> protein (4 segments) in a water box. Two problems I noticed
> immediately is that his water box is too small for the protein (in my
> opinion) and second, he did not have wrap turned on in his config
> file. He has chopped this 2-microsecond simulation into 40-nanosecond
> long DCD files, so he has 50 DCD files that need to be wrapped. In
> some of the DCD files I can get the protein joined back together and
> re-centered, but there are many that I cannot. I have pictures of one
> such very difficult case (email won't go through with attachments, how
> to send pics?). Blue is segname PROA, Red is segname PROB, Orange is
> segname PROC, and Green is segname PROD. These pictures represent
> ~1.8-microseconds into the simulation. Pic-1 and Pic-2 are the first
> frame (front and top-down views respectively). Pic-3 is the top-down
> view of the last frame. All of the protein segments are constantly
> close to the boundary conditions. I can only get 2-3 of the segments
> to join back up before centering the water box. There is always one of
> the segments that won't join back with the rest of the protein.
> Questions:
> 1) Is it possible to do a wrap on the whole 2-microseconds DCD files
> at once? Meaning load all of the DCD files and wrap the protein? Or is
> it better to do each DCD file individually?
> 2) Is this an impossible case to wrap because the water box is too small?
> 3) Any specific suggestions on how to get this protein put back
> together and re-centered?
> 4) In the first few DCD files, I used:
> pbc wrap -center com -centersel "protein and segname PROB" -compound
> residue -all
> pbc wrap -center com -centersel "protein and segname PROD" -compound
> residue -all
> pbc wrap -center com -centersel "protein" -compound residue -all
> This worked just fine. Why would this not work for all 50 DCD files
> for the whole 2 microseconds? Are different wrapping commands needed
> for each DCD of the same long simulation?
> /Dr. Kelly L. McGuire/
> /PhD //Biophysics/
> /Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology/
> /Brigham Young University/
> /LSB 3050/
> /Provo, UT 84602/

Dipl.-Phys. Ren Hafner
TU Kaiserslautern