I want to visualize some bam files on IGV. I had aligned my samples to a custom reference through STAR so I am trying to add this to IGV. I added the .fa file easily but I am having issues with the gtf file. When i try to add it I get the following error: An index file for custom.gtf could not be located. An index is recommended to view files of this size. Click "Go" to create one now or "Cancel to proceed without an index.
If I press cancel then it loads and I can search for my genes of interest. However, I did notice that the plot for the BAM file slightly changes whenever I start a new session. However, if I use igv tools to sort and index the gtf file I cannot get it to work. I I try to just load the sorted file it will load but I am not able to search for any genes. However, I can look for them if I zoom in the chromosomes. If I try to load the indexed.idx file then it will add a weird image on the top of the igv viewer to the leeft of the part that shows the bp.
Since the gtf file that I have seems to be working even though it is not indexed can I keep working with it? Also, why would the plot change slightly every time I load a new session?