Ewan Birney


Bio::AlignIO::phylip - PHYLIP format sequence input/output stream


# Do not use this module directly. Use it via the Bio::AlignIO class.

    use Bio::AlignIO;
    use Bio::SimpleAlign;
        #you can set the name length to something other than the default 10
        #if you use a version of phylip (hacked) that accepts ids > 10
    my $phylipstream = new Bio::AlignIO(-format => 'phylip',
                                        -fh   => \*STDOUT,
    # convert data from one format to another
    my $gcgstream     =  new Bio::AlignIO(-format => 'msf',
                                          -file   => 't/data/cysprot1a.msf');    

    while( my $aln = $gcgstream->next_aln ) {

    # do it again with phylip sequential format format 
    # can also initialize the object like this
    $phylipstream = new Bio::AlignIO(-interleaved => 0,
                                     -format => 'phylip',
                                     -fh   => \*STDOUT,
    $gcgstream     =  new Bio::AlignIO(-format => 'msf',
                                       -file   => 't/data/cysprot1a.msf');    

    while( my $aln = $gcgstream->next_aln ) {


This object can transform Bio::SimpleAlign objects to and from PHYLIP interleaved format. It will not work with PHYLIP sequencial format.

This module will output PHYLIP sequential format. By specifying the flag -interleaved => 0 in the initialization the module can output data in interleaved format.


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AUTHORS - Heikki Lehvaslaiho and Jason Stajich

Email: heikki@ebi.ac.uk Email: jason@bioperl.org


The rest of the documentation details each of the object methods. Internal methods are usually preceded with a _


 Title   : next_aln
 Usage   : $aln = $stream->next_aln()
 Function: returns the next alignment in the stream.
           Throws an exception if trying to read in PHYLIP
           sequential format.
 Returns : L<Bio::SimpleAlign> object
 Args    : 


 Title   : write_aln
 Usage   : $stream->write_aln(@aln)
 Function: writes the $aln object into the stream in MSF format
 Returns : 1 for success and 0 for error
 Args    : L<Bio::Align::AlignI> object


 Title   : interleaved
 Usage   : my $interleaved = $obj->interleaved
 Function: Get/Set Interleaved status
 Returns : boolean
 Args    : boolean


 Title   : idlength
 Usage   : my $idlength = $obj->interleaved
 Function: Get/Set value of id length 
 Returns : string 
 Args    : string