On Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 11:22 PM, Mike Dyall-Smith
<mike.dyallsm...@gmail.com> wrote:
> This should be easy (but not for me so far). I want to do local blast 
> searches, so I download the premade nr protein blast database from GenBank. 
> It is split into 10 .tar.gz files.
>     I've decompressed them all, and now I want to put all the file parts 
> together. Can I simply concatenate all similar files? (e.g. all 10 parts of 
> the .phd files). The Readme mentions use of an alias file, but I did not find 
> this at all clear. A set of step-by-step decompression and restoration 
> instructions would be useful. I could not find any.
> Thanks for any assistance, Mike DS

Don't cat anything - just download all nr.*.tar.gz files, and
decompress them. You'll have a load of files including a
special alias file called nr.pal which is how BLAST knows
how to deal with the combined 'nr' database.

Peter

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