# [OS X TeX] BibDesk: Problem with 'compiling' references

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Mon Oct 1 22:14:17 EDT 2007

```On Oct 1, 2007, at 18:22, Michael Yudelson wrote:

> I would expect BibDesk to "inherit" all the fields from the parent
> item and produce precisely one formatted reference (be ir abbr,
> apalike or other style that I choose).
> Well, at least that's how crossref field should behave (from reading
> BibTeX manual).
> Can that be arranged?

Okay, I looked at btxdoc again, and apparently this isn't style-
specific.  In the example on page 3: "BibTEX automatically puts the
entry gg-proceedings into the reference list if it’s cross referenced
by two or more entries that you \cite or \nocite, even if you don’t
\cite or \nocite the gg-proceedings entry itself."

This works as expected in a test case, but BibDesk always prints
both.  On reflection, this is because BibDesk uses \nocite{*} to cite
all of the entries in the temporary .bib file it creates.  Since
that .bib file always includes the parent, there's an implicit cite of
the parent entry as well.

I'm not sure offhand if we can fix this easily; I haven't looked at
the preview code in a long time.

thanks,