Question: Storing Compressed Data Files
9.6 years ago by
Assaf Gordon • 320
Assaf Gordon • 320 wrote:
Hello, As users add more and more data files to our galaxy server, disk space becomes a problem... What I'd ultimately like is to store the data files in some compressed manner (at least some of the textual files), how would you suggest to do that ? A common scenario is: 1. User uploads a big Fastq/solexa file (=> 1.2 GB) 2. FASTQ file converted to FASTA file (=> 0.6 GB) 3. FASTA file trimmed, clipped, stripped, etc. (=> 100 MB) 4. BLAT, Histograms and other reports (=> ~50 MB) The first three data sets take about 1.9 GB of disk space - and aren't really needed by the user (as he/she is mostly interested in the resulting report files). Since these are textual files, they compress really well. Currently, I store the FASTQ gzip'ed in galaxy, and my tools know how to read gzip'ed data. There are two shortcomings with this method: 1. datasets (green squares) of gzip'ed files don't display any data in the peek window 2. Other galaxy tools which require FASTQ file as input can't read my file. Perl has an I/O module (PerlIO::gzip) which makes reading gzipped files transparent to the rest of the program. I think python has something very similar (http://www.python.org/doc/lib/module-gzip.html). If it's not too much to ask, would it be possible to add support for reading gzip'ed files ? At least in the peek/preview window ? Comments are welcomed, Thanks, Gordon.
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