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4.3 The BibTeX menu 

This menu appears after choosing Bibtex in the run Utilities selection menu of the main 4TeX menu. This menu presents the options that have to do with maintaining the .bib database files and running BibTeX (see Figure 4.6). See Section 7.1.1 for more information on BibTeX.  
Figure 4.6BibTeX menu

In texuser.<os> the user can indicate the default .bib file by specifying the environment variable BIBNAME. We assume here that this is bibfile.bib.

[F] change bib File
selects one or more .bib files. Press [Enter] on the empty field to get a list of all available .bib files in the current directory, indicated by bib file path. Alternatively, type the name of the .bib file you want to work with or type [@] to select all .bib files in the bib files path (see below).

[D] edit bib Database
edits the selected bib file with the aid of BibDB, a public domain database program by E. Doron. See Section 7.1.2 for a detailed description of BibDB.

[E] Edit bibfile.bib
loads bibfile.bib into the editor. The file can now be edited as a plain ascii file. See L. Lamport (1986) for a detailed description of how to edit an entry in a .bib file.

[B] run Bibtex
runs the program BibTeX to automatically make a list of references occurring in book.tex and the include files (such as chap1.tex). See Section 7.1.1 for more details.

[L] show Logfile
shows the logfile created by BibTeX. This file contains all remarks and error messages produced during compilation, and shown on the screen. It is displayed using the internal 4dos command list. Press [Esc] to quit.

[I] generate TeX lIst of references
generates the file reflist.tex that contains all references in one or more .bib database files. reflist.tex is automatically generated and compiled, then BibTeX is run and finally the file is compiled for a second time. It can now be viewed and/or printed in the usual way. This option makes it possible to have a printout of all your references. This can be handy when typing text and looking for the Bibtex keys.

[P] change bib files Path
clears the field bib files path and another subdirectory can be chosen. The default for this path can be set by the BIBINPUT parameter in texuser.<os>. If you enter a directory name with wildcards (or an empty one) 4TeX will display a list of all directories that satisfy the wildcard specification. By using the cursor keys you can select the directory you want. Using this approach you do not have to type the whole directory name (correctly) but only a few letters are often enough. Use the [Esc] to restore the directory name to the old setting.

[T] Toggle main TeX file
toggle between the `main TeX file' and the `include TeX file' from the main menu. In case you use a LaTeX style such as chapterbib you will want to run BibTeX on each chapter of your document.

[R] Return to main menu
returns to the main 4TeX menu. Equivalent keys are [Q] and [Esc].

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