problem with initial path in neb calculation

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Starting a neb calculation with TWO points ( start and end) is OK. However starting with TREE points gives an initial path with is wrong. Along the path the molecule collapses towards the geometric centre, this a the middle point, and start to expand towards a normal molecule but which is not the endpoint. I could verify that with the test in /nwchem-6.6/QA/tests/ch4_zts. If you the test with the spline method this is ok, the same test with NEB is wrong.
  1. Now with a TS guess

geometry geometry nocenter
 symmetry c1
C 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
H 0.000000 0.000000 1.089000
H 1.026719 0.000000 -0.363000
H -0.513360 -0.889165 -0.363000
H -0.513360 0.889165 -0.363000

geometry endgeom nocenter
 symmetry c1
C 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
H 0.000000 0.000000 -1.089000
H 1.026719 0.000000 0.363000
H -0.513360 -0.889165 0.363000
H -0.513360 0.889165 0.363000

geometry midgeom nocenter
 symmetry c1
C 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
H 0.000000 1.000000 0.000000
H 1.026719 0.000000 0.000000
H -0.513360 -0.889165 0.000000
H -0.513360 0.889165 0.000000

 * library STO-3G

  1. print low

kbeads 0.001
stepsize 0.2
nbeads 11
maxiter 2

task neb scf

Could you help?
thank you very much

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Same problem on standard Nwchem on debain Jessie
Any news on this bug?

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The very same thing happened to me (and this is related: [1] and [2]).

Two inputs using the very same options and geometries, one using NEB and the other using the ZTS method can be found here: [3]
The complete outputs and initial paths can also be found in the zip file.

Observe that NEB fails due to linear dependencies at some intermediate geometry, which is no surprise if you see the initial path: atoms eventually colapse to the origin.
ZTS method works fine.

Commenting the "hasmiddle" line produces the expected result from both methods.
Edited On 5:32:19 AM PST - Mon, Feb 13th 2017 by Dudektria

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