[tex-k] cannot call bibtex with absolute path name

Dr. Brian Biswell dr.biswell at gmail.com
Tue Oct 20 05:14:53 CEST 2015


	Thank you, this fixes the issue I was having.  I am using gnu make to generate the documentation for my project and this was failing in the make rule.  I wouldn’t normally call bibtex in this manner from the command line, but the make file needs to use either relative or absolute paths without breaking a number of other features in the setup.

Dr. Brian Biswell
dr.biswell at gmail.com

> On Oct 19, 2015, at 4:06 PM, Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org> wrote:
>    I get the same error in TeXLive 2014, but TeXLive 2011 seems to work
>    properly
> Thanks for the report.  I believe it is related to security, in that we
> had to disallow writing to absolute/explicitly-relative paths by default
> in bibtex, among other programs.  This is partly because bibtex is one
> of the (very few) shell_escape_commands allowed to be executed from a
> TeX document.
> If you want to enable it, you can set the environment variable
> openout_any, as in:
>  $ openout_any=a bibtex /foo/bar.aux
> Best,
> Karl

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