[Textures] Textures, BibDesk and BibTeX

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at me.com
Fri Jul 1 11:13:59 EDT 2011

Le 1 juil. 2011 à 16:36, William I. Newman, Ph. D. a écrit :

> I have always developed my bibliographies "by hand" for LaTeX documents using Textures, but must now employ BibTeX on a book project. I like the capabilities of BibDesk in compiling the appropriately formatted .bib file with references, but do not see how to run BibTeX after using Textures to produce the additional files. (I found a workaround via TeXShop but prefer the functionality of Textures, otherwise.) Is there a simple way to do this that I have somehow overlooked?

I cannot see any way of running BibTeX within Textures. Classic Textures used to ship with a separate BibTeX tool, but the only way to run it on OS X would be through SheepShaver, and beware SheepShaver is not the easiest thing to set up:

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So, apart from TeXShop, the only way to run BibTeX is through the command line, using the bibtex binary within MacTeX. You need to have in the same folder the .aux file produced by LaTeX and the .bib file produced by BibDesk. If the .bst file (ie the BibTeX style) is standard, LaTeX will find it; if it is not, then you need to put it in the same folder as well.

Then you should try in Terminal something like this (where <my-file> and <my-directory> must be replaced by the folder name and the .aux file name):

$ cd <my-directory>
$ bibtex <my-file>.aux

This will create the .bbl file, and then you can go back to Textures.

That said, I'm like you, I'm still doing all my bibliographies by hand, so the above is untested.

One thing which could cause problem: in case you are using 8-bit characters (ie, not strict ascii, for examples if there are accents), Textures expects files encoded in Macintosh Roman encoding but I'm not sure which encoding BibTeX outputs. It's possible BibTeX outputs strict ascii files, in which case there would be no problem.

Good luck,

Bruno Voisin

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