[OS X TeX] Biber

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Tue Oct 20 17:56:41 CEST 2020

> On Oct 20, 2020, at 9:55 AM, Joseph Wright <joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm having an issue with Biber on the Mac when using TeXworks: I'm not sure exactly where the issue lies, hence including the various mailing lists here.
> Those of you on the MacTeX list will know I've been trying to do some apparently simple: access a single BibTeX file stored inside my 'Documents' area. It seems this is tricky on the Mac using BIBINPUTS, so I have gone down the symlink route: I have in ~/Library/texmf/bibtex/bib
>    ln - s <path-to-directory-holding-my-database> Literature
> From the Terminal, everything is happy:
>    joseph at palladium ~ % kpsewhich --biber Literature.bib
>    /Users/joseph/Library/texmf/bibtex/bib/Literature.bib
> and I can set up a test, run pdflatex/Biber/pdflatex and get nice references typeset. Things get weird, though, from inside TeXworks.
> From TeXworks, I *can* use classical BibTeX to find the file (using a suitable 'classical' input file). I can also find other files linked using symlinks, most notably some local classes. However, Biber can't find Literature.bib when run from inside TeXworks.
> As I'm not relying on the environment, but only on the file system, I'm at a loss. Details of my TeXworks installation are below - it's a very recent install.
> Anyone got any idea what's up? (Obviously I can just run Biber from the Terminal.) A quick test shows everything is OK from TeXShop too ...
> Regards,
> Joseph
> ----- configuration info -----
> TeXworks version : 0.6.5r.649699a ("travis-ci")
> Install location : /Applications/TeXworks.app
> Library path     : /Users/joseph/Library/TeXworks/
> pdfTeX location  : /usr/local/texlive/2020/bin/x86_64-darwin/pdftex
> Operating system : Mac OS X 10.15.7 (Darwin Kernel Version 19.6.0: Mon Aug 31 22:12:52 PDT 2020; root:xnu-6153.141.2~1/RELEASE_X86_64)
> Qt version       : 5.14.1 (build) / 5.14.1 (runtime)
> ------------------------------


This is really strange. I can only suggest that you check that the path setting in TeXworks preferences is correct.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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