[OS X TeX] BibTeX, BibDesk, EndNote

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Mon Jan 31 16:38:11 EST 2005

On 31 jan 2005, at 20:11, Simon Spiegel wrote:

> This error has nothing to do with BibDesk. BibTeX has a limit of the 
> size of the fields it can handle. Often this is simply a problem of 
> Mac vs Unix linebreaks. Check out if you have Mac line breaks in your 
> .bib file. Removing them may help you. If this doesn't do the trick 
> and your entry is really too big, there's little you can do, I have 
> bibtex fields which are too long for bibtex to handle. I was looking 
> for a bibtex version with bigger buffers some time, but was 
> unsuccesful then…

There is a well documented trick, which works for abstract and 
annotation fields, and I believe the trick is even included in the 
makebst tool (from the custom-bib bundle). Don't know how BibDesk will 
handle those: put the abstract in a separate file (don't care how bit 
it is), and replace the abstract field with {{\input{myfilename}}}. It 
is advisable to choose the file-names wisely, and to have the files in 
your TeX search path (~/Library/texmf/tex/latex/abstracts/... seems 
suitable). Remember to give the files as well when you hand over the 
bibtex database to someone else.

See http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=bibstrtl

Unfortunately this does not work for author fields (and yes, there are 
articles that hit this limit).


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