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Installing Gerd Neu­ge­bauer’s Bibtool on OS X

I struggled for more hours than I would like to say trying to compile Gerd Neugebauer’s BibTool utility on my mac (OS 10.9.2). I kept running into problems with the kpathsea libraries. Not surprisingly, an old thread on the Mac OS-TeX mailing list provided the necessary insight. I’m reposting it here so that it might get better exposure on the Internet for those trying to do the same thing. Of course, someone who wasn’t shamelessly hacking away at it probably wouldn’t have had any problem at all . . .

BibTool is an amazing utility that does all those things we all wished BibDesk would do, but doesn’t: command line tools for removing fields, rewriting fields, grabbing references based on various criteria including regular expressions, pretty printing.

On Nov 23, 2009, at 1:49 PM, Jan Erik Moström wrote:

> I’m a bit slow (in all kind of ways 😉 and I’m just trying to figure out the MacTeX distribution … one thing that that I would like to do is to install “bibtool” (not bibtools) but I can’t figure out how to do this in a simple way. Using Gerbens TeX distribution it was possible to use the i-installer but now I’m at a loss how to do it.
>

You can download the source and compile it yourself from http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/biblio/bibtex/utils/bibtool/
(Get the *.gz) file.
Once you have expanded the tar archive, copy the makefile.unx file to makefile, then run
make
sudo make install
sudo make install.man
This will place a working copy and manual pages in the /usr/local tree.
As long as you have /usr/local/bin in your path, things should work.

Of course, you have to have the developer tools to do this.
There are many options to set specific details during the compilation process, but I just did a vanilla “make” and
./bibtool -h
gave me the typical “usage” statement.

I’ve never used bibtool, don’t know how to use it, and don’t have any test files to ensure that it works in a real-life situation.
Otherwise, I now have a seemingly-functional version of “bibtool” that runs on X86_64 Snow Leopard.
I don’t guess that really helps you, but if you want it, send me a message off-list.

BibDesk 1.5.2 released

A new version of BibDesk, the bibliographic reference manager for users of BibTeX on OS X with extensions for use with word processing software, is now available. Visit http://bibdesk.sourceforge.net/, or use the “Check for updates” menu item from within BibDesk itself.

Many thanks to contributors to the bibtex-users mailing list, who, as usual, tested nightly builds, proposed and tested new features, and identified and help kill bugs. Those wanting to join the mailing list are invited to visit the BibDesk home page for more information. Scroll down to “Helping” and “Information” for links.

Release notes are as follows:

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The Nastiness of the TeX on OSX mailing list

Following the TeX on OSX mailing list, I came across a lament from one of the list’s contributors.

This list is pretty nasty: You post a problem in the hope that no one  will respond and you will thus have the best possible excuse for  shelving it. Then people start giving you ways to solve your problem  and, left without any more excuse, you got to get to work.

Cruel indeed.