[OS X TeX] bibtex8 engine and %!TEX TS-program = XeLaTeX

Alex Hamann mailinglist at alex-hamann.de
Wed Nov 12 19:17:55 CET 2008

On 12.11.2008, at 13:10, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Nov 12, 2008, at 4:46 AM, Alex Hamann wrote:
>> Hi,
>> as we know if you put this line on top of your TeXShop document it  
>> will trigger the XeLaTeX engine on Cmd-T
>> 	%!TEX TS-program = XeLaTeX
>> Running bibtex by manually choosing it in the engines' drop-down  
>> menu and clicking Typeset works and will call bibtex
>> However, I want to run Bibtex8 and have thus created a bibtex8  
>> engine looking like this (set this up with the help of this list,  
>> thanks again)
>> 	#!/bin/bash
>> 	export PATH="$PATH:/usr/texbin:/usr/local/bin"
>> 	bibtex8 --wolfgang "$(basename -s .tex $1).aux"
>> Problem is that with the TS-program defined as written above my  
>> bibtex8 engine stopped working and it is overridden by the TS- 
>> program setting. As I said, this will not happen with normal  
>> bibtex. How should I modify my bibtex8 engine in order for it to  
>> work regardless of the TS-program definition?
>> TIA,
>> Alex
> Howdy,
> I prefer using latexmk (the xelatexmk engine) since it takes care  
> of all of the necessary processing and re-processing. By default it  
> would use bibtex for bibliography processing so you've got to make  
> another engine and rc file.
> Duplicate the ~/Library/TeXShop/bin/xelatexmkrc file and call it,  
> e.g., xelatex8mkrc. Add the line
> $bibtex = "bibtex8 --wolfgang %O %S"
> just under the definition of $pdflatex in that file. That tells  
> latexmk to use bibtex8 for processing bibliographies.
> Now you've got to create an engine that uses that rc file.  
> Duplicate (important to preserve the execute permissions) ~/Library/ 
> TeXShop/Engines/xelatexmk.engine file and rename it  
> xelatex8mk.engine. Open that engine file in TeXShop by double  
> clicking it. Then change the name of the rc file in the latexmk  
> line from xelatexmkrc to xelatex8mkrc and save it.
> Placing the line
> %%!TEX TS-program = xelatex8mk
> at the top of the file will then use that engine.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

Thanks to both Pete and Herb,

I decided to try the latexmk approach. However, I found out that both  
latexmk and my new latexmk8 engines do not go into the bibtex phase  
and fail to create a bibliography. I am using Biblatex - could that  
be the case? Everything else in the preamble is pretty basic. If no  
problems with biblatex are know I am happy to create a minimal example.



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