[OS X TeX] aid with urlbst on a custom-bib file

Norman Gray norman at astro.gla.ac.uk
Sun Aug 27 16:47:05 CEST 2006

Simon, hello.

On 2006 Aug 24 , at 20.46, Simon Lisney wrote:

> I am not sure if urlbst will work on a custom-bib created .bst but  
> wanted to give it a go.

Urlbst won't work on _everything_ (the parsing is already very  
messy), but I'd hope it would work on custom-bib output.  If not, do  
let me know.

> then entered;
> urlbst [mystyle.bst [mynewstyle.bst]]
> but it did not run.

I take it that you entered that text literally, yes?  (as Mark Oilcan  
remarked, it's useful to cut-and-paste exactly what the response was).

The square brackets are a conventional way of showing optional (Unix)  
arguments, so 'urlbst [input-file [output-file]]' indicates that usages

urlbst input-file
urlbst input-file output-file

will all be accepted by the script.  Where a file is missing, the  
input or output will be from/to the standard input and standard  
output respectively (ie, the keyboard and the screen by default).

Though the urlbst webpage has an example command line, I realise now  
that the manual doesn't.  So I've added one, and you can find that at  
<http://nxg.me.uk/dist/urlbst/urlbst.pdf>.  If you spot any other  
infelicities in the manual, now would be a good time to point them out.

All the best,


Norman Gray  /  http://nxg.me.uk
eurovotech.org  /  University of Leicester, UK

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