BioQ uses a MySQL relational database to store documentation on its genomic relational database. The Perl program creates, configures and maintains this database. It will initialize the database, copy documentation from one database to another, update documentation from an XML file, dump the database, and will also generate process flow diagrams using GraphViz.
Create default documentation entries using the names of database, tables and columns found in the genomic relational databases themselves. In MySQL, this information is taken from the information_schema database. This must be done before additional documentation can be entered using the updatedoc command.