Herbert Schulz herbs at
Tue Oct 20 18:37:03 CEST 2020

> On Oct 20, 2020, at 11:31 AM, Joseph Wright <joseph.wright at> wrote:
> On 20/10/2020 15:55, Joseph Wright 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/
>> 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)
>> ------------------------------
> Ulrike Fischer asked a good question: can Biber find other .bib files: it seems only if they are either 'here' or are given as absolute paths. That's not affected by the symlink aspect, so presumably there's something preventing tree searching.
> Joseph


But then why would biber find .bib files when executed in Terminal and TeXShop?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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