I'm trying to make a blastdb out of fungal ITS sequences from UNITE (https://unite.ut.ee/index.php). I downloaded the general fasta file and edited the fasta headers so they look like this:
However, when I run this makeblastdb command:
./makeblastdb -in unite_fungi.fasta -out UNITE_ITS.fasta -dbtype nucl -parse_seqids
I am getting the following error for all entries:
Error: (803.7) [makeblastdb] Blast-def-line-set.E.seqid.E.local.str Bad char [0xAB] in string at byte 46.
Initially I thought it could be something to do with tabs/spaces at the end of the header, so I tried removing them using (please correct me if I'm wrong):
However, this did not work either.
Does anyone know why this might be happening?
Thanks in advance.