From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Fri Jan 31 2014 - 17:48:58 CST

well, on a linux (or similar) machine, you could also write something
more generic like the zlibc wrapper.
this will transparently support reading compressed files via
LD_PRELOAD and is completely application agnostic.


On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 5:43 PM, John Stone <> wrote:
> If you wanted to, you could hack the PDB reader plugin to
> do this for you, and replace the standard one with yours.
> That would be pretty straightforward I think.
> Cheers,
> John
> On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 10:33:18PM +0000, Bennion, Brian wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I have approximately 300K pdb files that are compressed with xz. I have a
>> wrapper for my "less" that decompresses on the fly. Is there something
>> similar that anyone else has done with vmd?
>> Brian
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International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste. Italy.