From: Alilovic,Kata (
Date: Fri Jul 03 2020 - 12:55:10 CDT

Dear Peter ,

I am using pdb file from Protein Data Bank. I saved 1UBQ using Tk console as instructed. (
When using Tk Console for generating PSF file I used lines from the tutorial :
package require psfgen
topology top_all27_prot_lipid.inp.

After writing the line for topology file I get the error unable to open topology file top_all27_prot_lipid.inp. Molecule destroyed by a fatal error. Use resetpsf to start over.

 I tried creating PSF file for 3GHG, 1CAG, 1CSN and it did not work.

When using Automatic PSF Builder I get 7 suggested topology files automatically as input files. If I load them all, it is taking forever. If I leave only topology file for protein it runs but I do not get psf file.
Also when using the Automatic PSF Builder I tried uploading different topology files for proteins but it never gives me psf file.

Can I use website to create psf file and use it in vmd ?

Thank you,


From: Peter Freddolino <>
Sent: Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:05 PM
To: Alilovic,Kata <>
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Subject: Re: vmd-l: Unable to create PSF file

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Dear Kate,
Can you tell us what pdb you're trying to use? Does it work with a simple example like the ubiquitin PDB from the tutorials? What text is written to the console when you run it?

On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 7:19 PM Alilovic,Kata <<>> wrote:
I run into an issue when creating a psf file while using Automatic PSF Builder. After I upload the PDB file and set the PSF builder, VMD shuts down and in the terminal, it says process completed. I do not get psf file in the end. When I load pdb file and run Automatic PSF Builder I get autopsf-temp_top, autopsf-temp.xbgf, and autopsf_formatted.pdb file. Also when I try using the Tk Console following the example given in the tutorial I get an error saying that it can not open the topology file and that molecule destroyed is destroyed by fatal error. I have the newest version of VMD for Mac.
I would appreciate any advice on how to solve this.