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Link to postPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:10 amPost subject: cxcalc fails at wildcard Reply with quote

Dear support,


I am running MarvinBeans on Academic license, Windows 7 64 bit, and recently my cxcalc function has stopped working with wildcards from a .bat file. Previously, I had code that allowed computation on 40 compounds in a subfolder in my drive. I am by no means a coding expert, but it worked. But now, it doesn't work any more and I cannot figure out why.

It stopped working in the trend that it no longer allows wildcards to use all files in a folder for calculation, rather it returns the path as error. The bat file is located in the same folder in which the output is written, and the molecular structures are stored in a subfolder called "marv files".

The code looks something like this:

cd /d "C:\Program Files (x86)\ChemAxon\MarvinBeans\bin"
cxcalc -o "M:\Folder1\Folder11\Computed.txt" ^
name -t traditional ^
exactmass ^
"M:\Folder1\Folder11\marv files\\"*.mrv

This script worked fine until a few weeks ago. Now, executing this code causes the error: 

M:\Folder1\Folder11\marv files\*.mrv (The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect)

But, when simply changing the asterix to a real filename, it works perfect without any errors

cd /d "C:\Program Files (x86)\ChemAxon\MarvinBeans\bin"
name -t traditional ^
exactmass ^
"M:\Folder1\Folder11\marv files\\"Benzophenone.mrv
id	Traditional Name	Exact mass	
1	benzophenone	182,07316494
Even putting the .mrv files in the cxcalc folder (the ChemAxon main directory on Program Files) and launching a .bat from that folder works fine, so it must be a pathname error somewhere that doesn't allow the plugin to read the location.
Test .mrv files in folder:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\ChemAxon\MarvinBeans\bin\2,6-Diisopropylnaphthalene.mrv" "C:\Program Files (x86)\ChemAxon\MarvinBeans\bin\2-dodecylbenzene-1-sulfonate.mrv" "C:\Program Files (x86)\ChemAxon\MarvinBeans\bin\2,4,5,6-tetrachloro-isophthalonitrile.mrv"
.bat file:
@ECHO OFF cxcalc -g -o result.txt ^ name -t traditional ^ exactmass ^ *.mrv Result:
id Traditional Name Exact mass 1 chlorothalonil 263,8815588 2 DIPN 212,1565006440 3 sodium 2-dodecylbenzenesulfonate 348,17351025
To conclude it works perfectly when the cxcalc is run in the same folder as the files, and then wildcards do work!
So I really don't know why this fails suddenly, as it has always worked perfectly. Is there a major overlook on my account?
Hope you can help or provide some insights on this
Kind regards,
Well I found that switching the directories around gets the code to work again. Still it's not the most optimal solution and doesn't solve my mystery. Solution involved setting:
cd /d "M:\Folder1\Folder11\marv files\\"
But calling cxcalc from its original location (full path name).
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Link to postPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:44 pmPost subject: Reply with quote

Hi Eelco, 

Sorry for the late answer. We are going to investigate your issue further and get back to you once we had an answer for it. 

Best regards, 


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