# [texhax] Bilbliography problem

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Nov 1 12:47:44 CET 2005

```> I'm writing up my work, or rather not at the moment. The problem comes
> with trying to reference using bibtex. I can latex the document fine
> (only with a warning that i'm using an out of date style format),

as i said in reply to this question on comp.text.tex, it's not a good
idea to persist with latex 209 compatibility mode.  make your document
a latex2e one, if at all possible

> i Then
> bibtex it again with no problems. now when i latex the document i get
> the following error.
>
> [13.1] [14.1]) [15.1] (zthesis.bbl
> ! Undefined control sequence.
> <argument> \@listctr
>
> l.3 \bibitem{str98}
>
> ? (press return then the following)
>
> ! You can't use `\relax' after \the.
>
> l.3 \bibitem{str98}
>
> ?
>
> It does this for all the references written up into the .bbl file form
> .bib.
>
> Any help would be most gratefully appreciated,

it's fairly obvious you've got something completely broken up there,
yet you tell us *nothing* about it other than "it doesn't work".

produce a minimal example, and there's a good chance someone will
help.

as i said before:

http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=minxampl

robin

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