[OS X TeX] bibliography aliases

Curtis Clifton curt.clifton at mac.com
Fri Jan 7 15:20:25 EST 2005


On Jan 7, 2005, at 2:02 PM, Matthew Inglis wrote:

> Is it possible to use OSX aliases to put "copies" of a master .bib 
> file in all the folders where you've got work that's ongoing in LaTeX? 
> The answer to this appears to be no -- and google is unfruitful -- but 
> it's such an obvious thing to want to do that it feels like there must 
> be a way.

You can use symlinks for this, created in the shell (e.g., Terminal).  
Suppose your folder containing the LaTeX project is in your Documents 
folder and is called "importantPaper".  Also suppose that your bib file 
is in your Documents directory and is called "readings.bib".  Then in 
the shell you can enter:

cd ~/Documents/importantPaper
ln -s ~/Documents/readings.bib readings.bib

But there is a better way...

Are you using Gerben's TeX i-Package?  If so, you can just create a 
symlink in ~/Library/texmf/bibtex that points to your master .bib file. 
  Then bibtex can find your master file from anywhere.  You only have to 
create the link once and you're set.


Curtis Clifton, PhD Candidate
Dept. of Computer Science, Iowa State University

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