[tex-live] bibtex tools in TL

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Thu May 31 15:37:49 CEST 2007

Karl Berry :

> Hi Lars,
>    why aren't tools like bibextract and bibtool present in TL?
> 1) Including any new nontrivial program (unlike packages) is a
>   time-consuming manual process, and there are not enough hours in the day.
> 2) It is necessary to support srcdir!=builddir to be included in the TL
>   source tree, at least without forcing extra-special painful hacks (see 1).
> Although Thomas and Sebastian wrote a bunch of teTeX/TL Makefile.in's
> for various utilities years ago, there's nobody actively pursuing such
> things now.  It's hard enough for me to keep them up to date (not that I
> entirely succeed).
> If you (or anyone) have the energy to integrate the programs into TL and
> hopefully send the patches back to the authors, that would be great.
>    as far as I know both are GPL'ed.
> Yep, licensing is not the problem.
> karl

ok, I was just woundering, since those tools were mentioned in the LaTeX 
Companion, but they were not widely available.

I ended up recommending japref i stedet, which might be a lot easier for 
Winows users to use, and is easy to install being Java based.

I don't know anything about C programming or writing Makefiles etc. I know 
how to compile something from source but that is it.

I usually work in Perl.


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