[OS X TeX] aid with urlbst on a custom-bib file
simon at lisney.co.uk
Thu Aug 31 12:48:17 EDT 2006
On 31 Aug 2006, at 17:44, Peter Dyballa wrote:
> Am 31.08.2006 um 16:46 schrieb Simon Lisney:
>> It is. So I can leave the urlbst folder anywhere and urlbst will
>> find the 'configure' and 'urlbst.in' files?
> No. *You* need to find the configure script that is for the
> software you are going to install for to *configure* it, prepare
> it, for your software and hardware architecture. Almost every
> software comes with its own configure script and its own
> specialised .IN files. The ready product does not need the
> configure script. To check, grep for the string configure in the
> executable, either the original one in /Documents/... or its copy
> in /usr/local/bin.
> I would be very surprised if urlbst uses a configure script to do
> its job, which is just setting up BIB files?
Then that is me getting confused from the earlier comment on configure;
>> What about 'configure' and urlbst.in which look like binary files
> The shell script configure needs to be invoked before anything
> else. It usually creates a file called 'Makefile' which then can
> 'make' the whole software via 'make <options to the make programme>
> <an optional target>'. Configure often accepts arguments or option,
> './configure --help' will show these. The final configure run,
> before make is invoked, should again start with './configure'
> because bash does not search for an executable in the directory you
> are currently working in.
So 'configure' and 'urlbst.in' are used to install urlbst (if
required via 'make', and altering the default settings of urlbst if
desired). Therefore they are used within the downloaded folder to
install urlbst where it is supposed to go. They are not used by
urlbst as such and the folder can be kept anywhere.
So, for someone non technical like me a basic installation
instruction could be something like;
1. Go to http://nxg.me.uk/dist/urlbst/ and download the latest
version of 'urlbst', (currently) urlbst-0.5.1.tar.gz and unpack it.
The unpacked 'urlbst-0.5.1' folder will contain a number of files
including one called 'urlbst'.
2. Open and read the 'README' file.
3. Launch Terminal (from Applications/Utilities). Open a 'New Shell'
window from the File menu and at the prompt enter;
(ensure there is a space after cp) then drag and drop the 'urlbst'
file onto the Terminal window to set the correct file path. Then, add
(ensure there is a space between the path and this bit);
It should look something like this (if the folder is in the default
Download folder. 'user' will be the current Account name):
sudo cp /Users/user/Documents/Downloads/urlbst/urlbst /usr/local/bin
4. Press 'Return' to run the command. If you are not logged in as
Admin or root, you will be prompted for a password. Enter the
password and press 'Return' to continue. 'urlbst' should then be
copied and installed in the correct location.
5. Quit Terminal and follow the instructions in the 'urlbst' README.
Further details can be found in 'urlbst.pdf' which is included in the
Thanks for your help and patience.
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