[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.

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