Joseph Wright joseph.wright at
Tue Oct 20 16:55:52 CEST 2020

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

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 ...



----- configuration info -----
TeXworks version : 0.6.5r.649699a ("travis-ci")
Install location : /Applications/
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)

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