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Installing Amber on Debian

You will find below generic recommendations for installing Amber20 as well as specific instructions tailored for your Debian version.

Generic installation instructions

About cmake:

Since Amber20, a new installation mechanism is provided that makes use of cmake. A decent version of cmake is needed, therefore it is highly recommended to download and install the cmake executable from the website.

About Python:

Many programs within Amber requires a decent version of Python. When configuring Amber, the run_cmake script will check your installation and will most probably recommend to download and install a compatible Python from Continuum IO (via miniconda). It is highly recommended to follow this suggestion and let the run_cmake script install Python inside the Amber tree.

Building with cmake

We highly recommend that you refer to Chapter 2 of the Amber 2020 Reference Manual for detailed instructions on how to install Amber20.

Since Amber20, the build system has move to cmake. A script called run_cmake is available in the amber20_src/build directory. For most users, the options chosen in this script should be OK.

The installation of Amber is performed in two steps: cmake configuration, then building and install:

cd amber20_src/build
# optional: edit the run_cmake script to make any needed changes;
# most users should not need to do this
# Next, build and install the code:
make install

Debian 9 & 10

The following command should get you all the necessary packages to get Amber to compile:

apt -y install tcsh make \
               gcc gfortran g++ \
               flex bison patch bc \
               libbz2-dev libzip-dev \
               xorg-dev wget \
               mpich openssh-client

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Last modified: Feb 20, 2021