# [OS X TeX] BibTeX mystery

Stephen Moye stephenmoye at cox.net
Wed Dec 27 17:26:24 EST 2006

```On Dec 27, 2006, at 9:27 AM, Stephen Moye wrote:

> I am using XeLaTeX, and I have a file, at the end of which I have:
>
> \bibliographystyle{plain}
>
> kpsewhich returns this:
>
>
> So the bib file can be found.
>
> And where gives:
>
> 9:17 ~% where bibtex
> /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/bibtex
> /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current/bibtex
> /usr/texbin/bibtex
>
> But TeXShop is set to look for binaries in
>
> /usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current
>
>
> Yet, as of this morning, I get this in the Console when I run bibtex:
>
> This is BibTeX, Version 0.99c (Web2C 7.5.5)
> The top-level auxiliary file: xBreadMachineMath.aux
> The style file: plain.bst
> Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "Child:1970"
> Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "Hensperger:1999"
> Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "KABC:2003uq"
> Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "Rehberg:1997ys"
> Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "Clayton:1987kl"
> Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "Lacalamita:1999uq"
> Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "Corriher:1997"
> Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "David:1970"
> Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "Artisan"
> Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "Bittman:2006"
> Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "Bittman:2006a"
> (There were 11 warnings)
>
> I did install the experimental TeXLive 2006 MacTeX package, but so
> far am not using it (waiting for the weekend) and am still using
> gwTeX.
>
> The entries are indeed there.
>
> Much puzzled: where did I go wrong? Any ideas?

Well, this was a bit of a surprise. For my convenience, I put an
alias of the .bib file (I'm using bibdesk) in the directory with my
project -- and that was the problem. As soon as either I deleted the
alias or renamed it, the problem went away.

SGM