[OS X TeX] BibTex with MacTeX

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Jan 6 16:08:39 EST 2009

On Jan 6, 2009, at 2:48 PM, Franck Pastor wrote:

> Le 06-janv.-09 à 21:42, Max Weiss a écrit :
>> I recently installed a MacTeX in OSX 10.5.6, and laTeX is working  
>> fine
>> with TeXShop.  However, I'm not sure how to get BibTeX running.   
>> Where
>> do I put the .bib and .bst files?  The MacTeX FAQ suggests
>> [~/Library/texmf/bibtex/bib].  However, my /texmf directory seems to
>> have ended up as [/usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf-dist]…
> How come? This is weird. The ~/Library/texmf/bibtex/bib is really  
> the place to be for the .bib and .bst files with MacTeX. No need to  
> do a "mktexlsr" or "texhash", no need to use the Terminal…


Personal bst files should go into ~/Library/texmf/bibtex/bst/ while  
bib files go into ~/Library/texmf/bibtex/bib/. DON'T put them into the  
corresponding subfolders of the distribution (i.e., the texmf-dist  
branch) since that data will get thrown out if you re-install MacTeX  
for one reason or another. System wide bib and bst files (available to  
all users of the system) should be put in the corresponding  
subdirectories of /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local/ and make sure to run

sudo texhash

after doing so.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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