Directory Structure


The root folder of VirtualFlow contains the following folders:

  • input-files/

  • output-files/

  • workflow/

  • tools/

The following image shows the four folders within the VFLP root directory and their relationships:

The input-files Folder

The input-files folder contains files which are not needed by VirtualFlow directly, but by the third-party programs which are used in the workflow which are processing all the ligands. E.g. in the case of VFVS, it will contain the configuration files for the docking programs.

The only exception is the input ligand database, which can be stored in any location (even outside the VirtualFlow root folder) and can be specified in the control file. The reason for this circumstance is that the input ligand database might not only be used for one particular workflow, but multiple instances. Since ligand databases for VirtualFlow can be very large, it can be practical to store it only in a single centralized location.

The output-files Folder

The output-files folder is generally intended for all the files which are produced by the third-party programs which are applied in the workflow.

It contains two sub-folders:

  • output-files/incomplete

  • output-files/complete

The incomplete folder contains partially completed ligand collections, which need to be completed by future jobs. The complete folder contains the fully completed ligand collections.

For VFLP the output-files folder would contain the prepared ligands, in the case of VFVS it would contain the docking results and related output files.

The workflow Folder

The workflow folder contains all the intermediate and runtime files which are needed and generated by VirtualFlow itself. The third-party programs which are used by the workflow only use the files in the input-files folder (and the input ligand database which might be stored elsewhere).

The tools Folder

The tools folder is not used by VirtualFlow or the third-party programs, but by the user. It is used for setting up, starting, partially controlling, and monitoring the workflow.

The tools folder is also the primary working directory of VirtualFlow, meaning that all VirtualFlow user commands (the commands starting with vf_) have to be run from this folder. Also the batch jobs which are run by VirtualFlow use the tools folder as their working directory.

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