[TxMt] citation completion can't find bibfile

Charilaos Skiadas cskiadas at gmail.com
Thu Dec 20 20:57:47 UTC 2007

On Dec 20, 2007, at 3:39 PM, Kieran Healy wrote:

> Hi,
> TextMate's LaTeX bundle can't find my bib files when using the  
> citation completion commands. It returns the error, "Can't find any  
> files named 'bibname'", where bibname is the name of my bib file.  
> The bib files are in a local directory, ~/Documents/bibs. There is  
> a symbolic link to this directory in ~/Library/texmf/bibtex/bib.  
> Doing kpsewhich -show-path=bib returns
>> /Users/kjhealy/Documents/bibs:.:/Users/kjhealy/Library/texmf/ 
>> bibtex/bib//:!!/usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.local/bibtex/bib//:!!/usr/ 
>> local/gwTeX/texmf.pkgs/bibtex/bib//:!!/usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.gwtex/ 
>> bibtex/bib//:!!/usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.texlive/bibtex/bib//:!!/usr/ 
>> local/gwTeX/texmf/bibtex/bib//:/Users/kjhealy/Library/texmf/ 
>> bibtex///:!!/usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.local/bibtex///:!!/usr/local/ 
>> gwTeX/texmf.pkgs/bibtex///:!!/usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.gwtex/ 
>> bibtex///:!!/usr/local/gwTeX/texmf.texlive/bibtex///:!!/usr/local/ 
>> gwTeX/texmf/bibtex///
Is this what is also returned if your type in TM: kpsewhich -show- 
followed by pressing ctrl-R?

When we run kpsewhich in that script, we do not load any of the shell  
files like .bash_profile and friends. So if TM_LATEX_BIB is set  
there, we don't typically see it, and hence neither will our call of  

So what you would want to do is set TM_LATEX_BIB in TextMate's  
preferences as well (TextMate -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Shell  

Make sure that the value you set there is exactly /Users/kjhealy/ 
Documents/bibs, without a trailing newline.

That should hopefully do it.

> TM_LATEX_BIB is set to /Users/kjhealy/Documents/bibs. Latex  
> documents will compile happily (using latexmk.pl) within TextMate,  
> including their bibliographies. It's just the citation completion  
> within documents that isn't working. My Latex bundle and Support  
> folder are at revision 8696. I'm running Leopard (10.5.1) and   
> TextMate 1.5.7 (1436).
> Any hints on why this isn't working as it should?
> Kieran

Haris Skiadas
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Hanover College

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