[R] A glitch (???) in tools::texi2pf.

Rolf Turner r@turner @end|ng |rom @uck|@nd@@c@nz
Sat Aug 28 03:19:01 CEST 2021

I have found that tools::texi2pf() ignores changes to the *.bib file
unless the *.bbl file is removed prior to re-running tools::texi2pdf().
I have constructed a minimal reproducible example which is contained
in the attached file "mreprex.txt".

This *.txt file should be split into two files, mreprex.tex and
mreprex.bib.  (I wasn't sure whether *.tex and *.bib files would make
it through to the list.)

After doing the splitting, start R, execute


and view the resulting mreprex.pdf file.  Then edit mreprex.bib
and change (e.g.) the version number from "0.0-21" to "0.0-22".

Re-run tools::texi2pf("mreprex.tex") and view mreprex.pdf.  You will
see that it hasn't changed; the version number cited is still given as
0.0-21.  Now remove mreprex.bbl, re-run tools::texi2pf("mreprex.tex")
and view mreprex.pdf.  You will see that the version number is given as
0.0-22 as it should be.

Should this be considered a bug?  If so, what is the appropriate way of
drawing this to the attention of those who have the power to fix it?



Rolf Turner

Honorary Research Fellow
Department of Statistics
University of Auckland
Phone: +64-9-373-7599 ext. 88276

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