[OS X TeX] biber and bibtex8 engines

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Tue Sep 14 08:02:34 EDT 2010

On 14.09.2010, at 13:52, Herbert Schulz wrote:
> I've been hoping that I can simply tell latexmk to use biber instead of bibtex as the bibliography program but haven't been able to get that to work. I think that the biber output is different enough from that of bibtex that latexmk can't interpret the log file. Also, biber has been enough of a moving target that I don't know how easy it would be to get John Collins, the maintainer of latexmk, to seriously look into support.

It was exactly for tools like latexmk that Philipp Lehman, the author of biblatex, has written the logreq package (see https://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/biblatex/index.php?title=Workflow_Automation for some explanation). So it actually shouldn't be too difficult to support it.
> By the way, I've tried to compile the latest version of biber and was unsuccessful. It's complains that I have to remove or replace something and I'm not sure what. I suspect that there is some library that has been updated but know little about dealing with it.

Check out the new precompiled biber packages here: After reading the README file, installing should be really easy.

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