[OS X TeX] BibTeX, BibDesk, EndNote

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Mon Jan 31 16:45:10 EST 2005

On 31.01.2005, at 22:38, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> 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.

The problem with this trick is that you lose the ability to edit the 
fields directly in BibDesk which isn't so bad for Abstracts but very 
annoying for annotations (at least if you use them the way I do).


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