[EMBOSS] dbifasta error "too many parameters"

Peter Rice pmr at ebi.ac.uk
Thu Jan 6 00:09:52 UTC 2011

On 05/01/2011 18:46, Lionel (Lee) Brooks 3rd wrote:

> I use the following command:
> me at mycpu$ dbifasta -dbname UCSC_hg19_softmask -idformat simple
> -directory /storage/EMBOSS/Emboss_DB -filenames *.fa -release hg19 -date
> 01/04/11 -outfile /storage/EMBOSS/Emboss_DB/logfile.dbifasta
> And receive the following error:
> Error: Argument 'seq01' : Too many parameters 2/1
> ...the file that holds the chromosome sequences are named seq00.fa,
> seq01.fa, seq02.fa ... so on.
> Any sort of help is greatly appreciated.

This is one of those Unix command line issues ... you need quotes around 
the "*.fa" (single or double quotes will do). The shell expands *.fa 
into the list of filenames before EMBOSS sees the results, and the 
second one is your "extra parameter".


Peter Rice

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