[texhax] Puzzle: bibtex working when it *shouldn't*!!! ???

Jerry jerry at seibercom.net
Mon May 7 13:24:19 CEST 2018

On Mon, 7 May 2018 22:42:56 +1200, Rolf Turner stated:

>On 07/05/18 21:00, Ulrike Fischer wrote:
>> Am Mon, 7 May 2018 10:37:06 +1200 schrieb Rolf Turner:
>>> So has anyone any explanation as to why one can get away with the
>>> spurious/redundant ".bib" when running bibtex from the command line,
>>> but not when running it under MiKTeX?  
>> miktex is simply different. bibtex there always add the extension.
>> So while in texlive you can use the (wrong) syntax
>> \bibliography{references.bib} it won't work with miktex.

The fact that you can use the wrong syntax and still get it to work is

>OK.  Thanks. I might have known that a Micro$oft oriented piece of 
>software would cause problems.

This has nothing to do with Microsoft. It is a coding problem.

>At least I'll know in future to watch out for this.

Problem solved, although you might want to file a PR against this behavior.

>I remain a bit puzzled as to why the TeXLive bibtex *said* it was using
>"Database file #1: references.bib.bib", but didn't mind not finding that

Coding error.

>I guess I'll just have to write this off as one more of the many things 
>I don't understand about Life, the Universe, and Everything. :-)


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