[OS X TeX] biber and biblatex

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Feb 10 14:28:19 CET 2013

On Feb 10, 2013, at 1:52 AM, Scot Mcphee <scot.mcphee at gmail.com> wrote:

> My original error has unfortunately returned ... including for documents that worked just fine last week or so. This is driving me crazy, because plainly biber is unstable as hell. I didn't update anything ... although I did once it started to fail and it continues to fail.
> In the attached test file, if I say backend=bibtex in bib latex every thing works just fine. If I specific biber, it dies horribly as follows (log from TeXShop);
> Latexmk: applying rule 'biber junk'...
> data source /var/folders/6_/rr7lzhws0t7743tfbt3y8mhh0000gn/T/par-736d6370686565/cache-ef42c8d5d44e40bdd24828b0ae70de275e379c88//inc/lib/Biber/LaTeX/recode_data.xml not found in .
> INFO - This is Biber 1.5
> INFO - Logfile is 'junk.blg'
> Latexmk: Failed to find one or more biber source files:
> Collected error summary (may duplicate other messages):
>  biber junk: Could not find all biber source files for 'junk'
> Latexmk: Use the -f option to force complete processing.
> Latexmk: Errors, so I did not complete making targets
> The same thing happens on the command line if I use latexmk
> <tex_temp.zip>


No problem using biber with the junk.tex document here. Do you have a ~/.latexmkrc or ~/latexmkrc file with some strange stuff? Biber seems to be looking for a temp file of some sorts in /var/folders/... but it's searching in . which doesn't make much sense. I don't see that at all here.

Enclosed is the log file from the last pdflatex run when using the pdflatexmk engine.

When I open the junk.bib file in BibDesk it complains that the file is being opened in the wrong encoding.

The File List I have is:
 *File List*
  memoir.cls    2011/03/06 v3.6j configurable book, report, article document cl
   ifpdf.sty    2011/01/30 v2.3 Provides the ifpdf switch (HO)
  ifetex.sty    2011/12/15 v1.2 ifetex
 ifxetex.sty    2010/09/12 v0.6 Provides ifxetex conditional
ifluatex.sty    2010/03/01 v1.3 Provides the ifluatex switch (HO)
    etex.sty    1998/03/26 v2.0 eTeX basic definition package (PEB)
   mem12.clo    2010/10/19 v0.4b memoir class 12pt size option
mempatch.sty    2009/07/24 v6.0f Patches for memoir class v1.6180339
   t1enc.def    2005/09/27 v1.99g Standard LaTeX file
 lmodern.sty    2009/10/30 v1.6 Latin Modern Fonts
  xcolor.sty    2007/01/21 v2.11 LaTeX color extensions (UK)
   color.cfg    2007/01/18 v1.5 color configuration of teTeX/TeXLive
  pdftex.def    2011/05/27 v0.06d Graphics/color for pdfTeX
infwarerr.sty    2010/04/08 v1.3 Providing info/warning/error messages (HO)
 ltxcmds.sty    2011/11/09 v1.22 LaTeX kernel commands for general use (HO)
biblatex.sty    2013/01/10 v2.5 programmable bibliographies (PK/JW/AB)
biblatex2.sty    2013/01/10 v2.5 programmable bibliographies (biber) (PK/JW/AB)

etoolbox.sty    2011/01/03 v2.1 e-TeX tools for LaTeX
  keyval.sty    1999/03/16 v1.13 key=value parser (DPC)
kvoptions.sty    2011/06/30 v3.11 Key value format for package options (HO)
kvsetkeys.sty    2012/04/25 v1.16 Key value parser (HO)
etexcmds.sty    2011/02/16 v1.5 Avoid name clashes with e-TeX commands (HO)
  logreq.sty    2010/08/04 v1.0 xml request logger
  logreq.def    2010/08/04 v1.0 logreq spec v1.0
  ifthen.sty    2001/05/26 v1.1c Standard LaTeX ifthen package (DPC)
     url.sty    2006/04/12  ver 3.3  Verb mode for urls, etc.
blx-compat.def    2013/01/10 v2.5 biblatex compatibility (PK/JW/AB)
standard.bbx    2013/01/10 v2.5 biblatex bibliography style (PK/JW/AB)
 numeric.bbx    2013/01/10 v2.5 biblatex bibliography style (PK/JW/AB)
 numeric.cbx    2013/01/10 v2.5 biblatex citation style (PK/JW/AB)
 english.lbx    2013/01/10 v2.5 biblatex localization (PK/JW/AB)
   t1lmr.fd    2009/10/30 v1.6 Font defs for Latin Modern

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Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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