Bio::SeqIO tab
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Bio::SeqIO::tab - nearly raw sequence file input/output
stream. Reads/writes id"\t"sequence"\n"
Package variables
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Included modules
Do not use this module directly. Use it via the Bio::SeqIO class.
This object can transform Bio::Seq objects to and from tabbed flat
file databases.
It is very useful when doing large scale stuff using the Unix command
line utilities (grep, sort, awk, sed, split, you name it). Imagine
that you have a format converter 'seqconvert' along the following
  my $in  = Bio::SeqIO->newFh(-fh => \*STDIN , '-format' => $from);
my $out = Bio::SeqIO->newFh(-fh=> \*STDOUT, '-format' => $to);
print $out $_ while <$in>;
then you can very easily filter sequence files for duplicates as:
  $ seqconvert < foo.fa -from fasta -to tab | sort -u |\
seqconvert -from tab -to fasta > foo-unique.fa
Or grep [-v] for certain sequences with:
  $ seqconvert < foo.fa -from fasta -to tab | grep -v '^S[a-z]*control' |\
seqconvert -from tab -to fasta > foo-without-controls.fa
Or chop up a huge file with sequences into smaller chunks with:
  $ seqconvert < all.fa -from fasta -to tab | split -l 10 - chunk-
$ for i in chunk-*; do seqconvert -from tab -to fasta < $i > $i.fa; done
# (this creates files chunk-aa.fa, chunk-ab.fa, ..., each containing 10
# sequences)
Methods description
next_seqcode    nextTop
 Title   : next_seq
Usage : $seq = $stream->next_seq()
Function: returns the next sequence in the stream
Returns : Bio::Seq object
Args :
 Title   : write_seq
Usage : $stream->write_seq($seq)
Function: writes the $seq object into the stream
Returns : 1 for success and 0 for error
Args : Bio::Seq object
Methods code
sub next_seq {
   my ($self,@args) = @_;
   ## When its 1 sequence per line with no formatting at all,
## grabbing it should be easy :)
my $nextline = $self->_readline(); chomp($nextline) if defined $nextline; return unless defined $nextline; if ($nextline =~ /^([^\t]*)\t(.*)/) { my ($id, $seq)=($1, uc($2)); $seq =~ s/\s+//g; return Bio::Seq->new(-display_id=> $id, -seq => $seq); } else { $self->throw("Can't parse tabbed sequence entry:'$nextline' around line $."); }
sub write_seq {
   my ($self,@seq) = @_;
   foreach (@seq) {
       if ($_->display_id() =~ /\t/) {
           $self->throw("display_id [".$_->display_id()."] contains TAB -- illegal in tab format");
       $self->_print($_->display_id(), "\t",$_->seq, "\n") or return;

   $self->flush if $self->_flush_on_write && defined $self->_fh;
   return 1;

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